Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and their admirers along with the movie makers of 'Brahmastra: Part One- Shiva' must be waiting with fingers crossed as only a few hours are left for the big day. However, the advance ticket booking status has confirmed that the first installment of Brahmastra will witness a monstrous weekend opening.

Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra, also starring Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy in pivotal roles with Shah Rukh Khan in a cameo, is all set to hit the theatres on September 9. However, several controversies have surrounded the movie. Be it 'hurting Hindu sentiments' row or Alia Bhatt's statement on boycott calls, Alia and Ranbir have been facing the ire of many.

While the boycott calls for Brahmastra has been trending on social media, Ranbir and Alia were restricted from entering Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple. Ranbir quoting Lord Jagannath on a wrong notion, and his remarks on beef also didn't go well with many and sparked resentment among movie lovers.  

However, it seems that the controversies, boycott calls and protests have failed to impact the start of Brahmastra. Brahmastra and the team are all set for a glorious opening in the first weekend. 

As reported by cine critic Taran Adarsh, PVR Cinemas on Sept 5 released an official statement that it sold over 100000 tickets in advance for the first weekend. The figures for advance ticket status were also on a roll. Later, Inox Leisure also released the status of advance booking on September 7. With an incredible response for the movie, it sold over 125000 and the figures were counting. 

Apart from the multiplexes, the movie will be released in single theatres. However, the status of advance ticket booking couldn't be obtained. 

Well, the advance ticket booking status certainly clarifies that the controversies, boycott calls and several other disputes failed to impact the movie and the mounting craze for it. 

On the other hand, netizens on a mission against Brahmastra have claimed that certain cine critics have been 'bribed' by Karan Johar to spread the 'good words' backing the movie. 

Brahmastra review: What's true, what's not?

Umair Sandhu, a member of the overseas censor board, recently posted a review for Brahmastra. He rated the movie 2.5 stars. Quoting the movie as "All that Glitters is not gold", Sandhu lauded Ayan for his courageous move of stepping into a rare genre. However, he rated the screenplay and story as average and sometimes a mess. 

Moreover, he said, Ranbir looks so confused while showering praises for Alia's look. Calling Mouni creepy and loud, he expressed his regret over Big B's less on-screen appearance. 

It is pertinent to mention here that Sandhu earlier claimed for some movies to be 'full paisa vasool', but those turned out to be disasters. 

Now, all eyes are on the 'honest' reviews of the fans, which will be out tonight as Ranbir, Alia and Ayan earlier announced about the special screening of Brahmastra on September 8. 

Though the makers are already set for a glorious opening this weekend, the fate of the movie will be decided by the audience after that.