Critics Review


Visually Stunning, Is That Enough?

Despite the subject being rare, it ends up as a regular commercial potboiler with no substance. Anticipated to be the biggest comeback film for Bollywood, but it�s yet another disappointment. What�s scary is that it's a messy start to the trilogy.(more)

Source: Movie Crow, MovieCrow


This superhero adventure plays with fire

The line between great and good lies in a believable, character-led story that emotionally engages you. The most imaginative worlds created by cinema�s geniuses eventually rely on the writing to keep everything else glued perfectly in their places. With all its pluses, nothing makes up for the emotional deficits that Brahmastra suffers. If that had been paid more attention to, it would have gone a long way in making the proceedings more praise-worthy.(more)

Source: TOI, Times Of India


Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt's Astraverse can take on the MCU

Brahmastra Part One: Shiva is a solid effort as the first chapter in this trilogy. Ayan ends the film on a cliffhanger with a tease of what�s to follow. At a time when Hollywood titles like Lord of the Rings and House of the Dragon are dominating the visual effects space, Brahmastra is a gentle reminder that India too isn�t behind in the VFX game and has some of the best work in this genre. Ayan�s message of love defeating darkness and despair couldn�t come at a better time! Brahmastra Part One: Shiva is a visual feast worth your time. Don�t skip this one.(more)

Source: Tushar Joshi, India Today


Despite its razzle-dazzle, Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt film fails to entertain

Films so stuffed with special effects need to maintain a balance between parts which are meant to blow us away with their wares, and the parts which allow it to slow down and breathe. The VFX is non-stop (at one point, a troll-like army appears, and disappears), the blaring music keeps wanting to bludgeon us into submission, and we are left yearning for magic.(more)

Source: Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express


Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt light the screen on fire, Part-2 can't come sooner

Watch Brahmastra because it's not every day that Bollywood churns out a film on this grand scale, with top-class VFX and creates a mystical universe that we only see in the West or closer home in the south film industry. And given that it's a planned trilogy, you'd be already left craving for a part two sooner.(more)

Source: Monika Rawal Kukreja, Hindustan Times


Ranbir Kapoor Anchors The Action In Ambitious And Entertaining Fantasy

Brahmastra Part One: Shiva is a spectacular production that benefits immensely from the VFX done by DNEG. The crucial action scenes, even as they strain credibility, throb with life and deliver their share of excitement. The story plays out in recognizable spaces - in an orphanage, an artist's atelier, a hermit's home - in a marked departure from Hollywood's heightened and divorced-from-reality superhero movie template.(more)

Source: Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV Movies


Ayan Mukerji's story is promising. Ranbir Kapoor delivers a marvellous performance. Alia Bhatt looks stunning and gives a grade A performance.

BRAHMASTRA PART ONE: SHIVA starts on a fine note. The Mohan Bhargav scene, though doesn�t have good dialogues, is still watchable due to Shah Rukh Khan�s presence and also for its grandeur. Shiva�s entry is fine and the way he takes Isha to his house and the birthday party sequence are too good. The same goes for the scene when Shiva tells Isha about his Varanasi plans. The Varanasi sequence is terrific. The chase sequence in the hills is nail-biting while the intermission point is clapworthy. From here, the film slips. A few scenes stand out like Shiva learning to use his power and Shiva finding out about his parents. The rest of the sequences don�t impress much.(more)

Source: Bollywood Hungama, Bollywood Hungama