India's first-ever cinematic universe, 'The Astraverse' is hogging headlines ever since the first announcement. Though the first installment of the Astraverse 'Brahmastra: Part One- Shiva' starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in the lead received mixed reviews, it successfully has been roaring at the box office.
While the first installment of Brahmastra is roaring in theatres, several speculations have started regarding the sequel, 'Brahmastra: Part Two- Dev'. While the media is abuzz about who will be seen as Dev in the sequel, Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor or Hrithik Roshan. Even speculations are rife that Deepika Padukone is not the contender for the character of Amrita, it might be Alia Bhatt or someone else.
Moreover, the recent statements of Ayan have sparked the expectations that Shah Rukh Khan, who played a cameo role of a scientist Mohan Bhargav, who wielded the Vanarastra will get a major spin-off in the sequel. Even there are chances of boosting Nagarjuna's character of Anish wielding Nandiastra.
Brahmastra & negative reviews that drew ire
While the box office collection on one side clarifies the good reviews, the negative reviews can't be ignored. The makers have served several reasons that drew the ire of the audience. Be it the elongated romance between Alia and Ranbir, Alia's half-hearted character portrayal or Alia calling out 'Shiva' multiple times, all these have sparked a meme fest on social media platforms. Even multiple songs in the movie didn't go down well with many.
Moreover, the unimpressive screenplay or the director not justifying multiple characters in the story was criticised by many. Even VFX quality in the movie failed to impress the audience and many stated it to be 'fireworks in Diwali'. Though the one-of-its-kind flick had several flaws, it successfully impressed many and the BO collections show the results.
Will makers repeat the mistakes?
Well, it is not just the media or the audience who are concerned about the negative reviews. The makers are well aware of the mixed responses as well as concerned about the negative reviews.
Recently, Ayan expressed his delight as the movie is performing really well. He further stated that they make movies for a broad audience and he is happy about the performance since the release.
However, he revealed that though the film is performing good, he has yet to absorb all the reviews, be it negative or positive.
An admirer commented, "If script was a bit more strong, it wud b awesome. I guess when he started writing it was long back n a different time people n their minds have changed now. So next one would be better in line with people's taste now."
Meanwhile, another moviegoer vouched, "Movie was great except for some dialogue I really want to see SRK Or Nagarjun sir more hope they come back in season 2 and also we want more screen time for alia bhatt with a different character.. And also mouni roy should be there and for dev we want ranveer singh ... Movie was really good something new our bollywood tried and they succeed in it...."
Well, certainly, the makers are seriously concerned about accepting the negative reviews and likewise make the changes in the presentation approach of the sequel. It seems, 'Brahmastra: Part Two- Dev' may turn out to be a visual spectacle and impressive after the makers will workout on the flaws in 'Brahmastra: Part One- Shiva' and avoid repeating the same in the sequel.