Brahmastra: Part One Shiva was undoubtedly one of the highly anticipated films of the year. Helmed by Ayan Mukerji the fantasy drama received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Karan Johar who bankrolled the film starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt revealed that many people from Bollywood wished for Brahmastra to flop. He says its never a good thing to celebrate a film’s failure at the box office
Ayan Mukerji who directed Wake Up Sid and Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani made an attempt in creating a fantasy mythology modern drama. Ever since the movie was announced it created many headlines and attracted social media trolls too. Before its release on 9th September 2022, the film was highly criticized. Even post-release the makers received much backlash but managed to earn Rs 425 crores at the box office worldwide.
In a new interview with Bollywood Hungama, Karan Johar was asked if he was under pressure before the release of Brahmastra. The filmmaker told, “I was humongously stressed. The night prior I could sleep a wink, and I was not able to tell Ayan this, or Ranbir or Alia, because I felt like I had to be like ‘yay, we’ve done this, it’s great, it is going to be massive and don’t worry’. There were all kinds of mixed reviews coming up (after the release) and people were saying either it was amazing or the opposite of it. I felt it (Brahmastra) was such new animal in the jungle, people were having adverse opinions.”
KJo also revealed some people from the industry were being negative towards the film. He said, “While I have no problems with everyone’s opinions, I sometimes feel sad, because within the industry we have some types of people, who are working for the industry and are with the industry for years… you can be critical but being negative is not nice. Critical we will accept with open arms, it is very imperative, everyone needs that policing. But I feel sometimes, some people push that from being critical to being negative. Sometime I feel we are all part of the same industry, so don’t you want this film to work… Sometimes people within the industry, who call themselves members of the media also, celebrate ruination of a film. I feel that is never a good thing.”
Well, Karan Johar didn’t mention any name but director Vivek Agnihotri and actor Kangana Ranaut and others slammed Brahmastra questioning the box office figures. Brahmastra: Part One Shiva stars Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, and Nagarjuna among others. Part two and part three are expected to release during Diwali 2025 and Christmas 2026 respectively.