Ayan Mukerji on Brahmastra: It’s a contemporary film with ancient elements

Doing away with the working title Dragon, the makers of the much-anticipated collaboration of Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt announced that the film will be called Brahmastra. Talking about the title, Ayan Mukerji said that it refers to the “ancient wisdom, energies and power” in the film.

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Doing away with the working title Dragon, the makers of the much-anticipated collaboration of Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt announced that the film will be called Brahmastra. And with this, the speculation around the project also took a drastic shift.

While Dragon went well with the rumours that the film would be a remake of Hollywood’s hit superhero movie Deadpool, the official title, which is a Sanskrit term, suggests the story will be much more rooted in nature.

Brahmastra is a weapon of Hindu God Brahma, who is called the creator of universe, and hence it is considered quite powerful. Talking about the title, Ayan, on Thursday night, said that it refers to the “ancient wisdom, energies and power” in the film.

“It’s a modern-day film set in India as it exists today. But the reason it’s called Brahmastra is because the energies, wisdom, powers in the film come from ancient India. That’s all I would say. There are some costumes, may be not the way you’d expect them to be,” the director told mediapersons at the red carpet of Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival.

The Dharma Productions’ film is Ayan’s third project, which comes four years after his successful romantic-comedy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The young filmmaker said he has all his hopes pinned on Brahmastra, which was announced in 2016.

“It’s a very big project of my life. All my hopes are on this film. I am very excited about the cast but I hope the film is even bigger than the cast. They have all come together because of the story and the theme of the film.”

Besides Ranbir and Alia, megastar Amitabh Bachchan will also feature in the film, and Ayan admitted that the veteran was in his mind since he conceptualised the project years ago.

“It’s a great honour for me to work with him. Ever since the film was conceptualised, I wanted to approach him for it and make it with him. I am very happy that he is part of team Brahmastra.”

 

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