After much anticipation, Brahmastra – starring Ranbir Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt – released in the theatres on September 9. Despite the film receiving mixed responses amongst critics and audiences for its dialogues, it also managed to receive a fair share of praises for its attempt to make a fantasy-mythology modern drama. Helmed by Ayan Mukerji, it marks his third directorial under Dharma Productions.
EXCLUSIVE: “Full marks to Ayan Mukerji for creating this world which is completely original,” says Karan Johar
In an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Hungama, the film’s producer Karan Johar gave a major share of credits and a pat on the back to the director Ayan for successfully creating such a visual spectacle. “[Brahmastra] is an all-round success for everyone concerned, not just for Dharma, every member of the film. And mainly, I would like to say this; it’s an Ayan Mukerji baby all the way and I think he has really made a mark as a filmmaker because his trajectory has been amazing. His first film was Wake Up Sid, his second film being Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, third Brahmastra.”
“If you put these three films together and you don’t know the details, you will never know the same filmmaker has made these three films. Karan also heaped praises for the acclaimed filmmaker who seamlessly “blended the modern world with mythology and has created an entire universe; that has never happened.”
“Full marks to Ayan for creating this world which is completely original while his inspiration might be drawn from fantasy films across the world but I think this story is original. Everything about it is completely born within him and by him.” When asked about exactly what made him confident that he will be able to pull off this fantasy trilogy, Karan said, “Just knowing that his level of passion is one of the highest I’ve seen in a filmmaker?”
He continued, “His level of commitment, his level to just do one thing and do it and his academic mind, his accepting and acknowledging of good, bad, everything is, that kind of receptive mind. I feel anything Ayan Mukerji does will always make a mark because it’s coming from a lot of labor, a lot of hard work, a lot of passion, a lot of integrity and a lot of commitment.”
“Including myself, I’ve never seen a filmmaker work this hard, the way Ayan has worked,” he added. “I don’t think in my collective career, the kind of work I’ve put in, he’s put into this one film.”
On the professional front, Karan Johar’s next directorial is Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani. The film stars Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi and is slated for 2023 release. The filmmaker is also planning to direct an action entertainer with hopes to kick off the shoot in April 2023.
More Pages: Brahmastra – Part One: Shiva Box Office Collection , Brahmastra – Part One: Shiva Movie Review
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