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Brahmastra: Ayan Mukerji wants to do what Steven Spielberg, James Cameron do, but with Indian stories

The upcoming film stars Ranbir Kapoor, Mouni Roy, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan and Nagarjuna.

  • Shilpa S

Last Updated: 04.05 AM, Jun 13, 2022

Brahmastra: Ayan Mukerji wants to do what Steven Spielberg, James Cameron do, but with Indian stories

With Brahmastra, director Ayan Mukerji promises to deliver an unprecedented film in Indian cinema. The director recently opened up about how he wanted to deliver a visual spectacle to audiences that is inspired by Indian stories.

In conversation with Puja Talwar, the director talked about how he wanted to be the kind of filmmaker that helmed films similar to those of Academy Award winning Hollywood directors Steven Spielberg and James Cameron.

The director went on to talk about how he had always been fascinated by Indian culture and history, as well as stories of gods and goddesses. He talked about how he loved the fantasy genre, being a fan of how Hollywood helmed films which were such visual spectacles that people just had to go to theatres to see it. Mukerji said that although he wanted to helm those kind of films, he did not want to take inspiration from Western stories. Rather, the director wanted to helm films that revolved around Indian stories.

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Mukerji reiterated that Brahmastra was not intended to be a superhero film, but rather a fantasy adventure. Talking to IANS, the director had revealed that he was more affecting by Indian stories of gods and goddesses rather than superheros. Calling the film one that has the ‘scope’ of myth, but in a modern way, the director said that Brahmatsra was his attempt to write a ‘modern’ version of a mythical story.

Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan and Nagarjuna, Brahmastra Part One: Shiva is scheduled for release on September 9, 2022. The film can be watched in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

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