True to the opening credits of Brahmastra part one: ShivaAyan Mukerji is “forever grateful to Mr Shah Rukh Khan” who, in addition to his extended cameo, brought his expertise from working on many VFX-heavy films to the director’s most ambitious project. Brahmastraheadlined by Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, may have received mixed reviews, Khan’s appearance is one of the highlights of the epic action-adventure fantasy film.
“We wrote that in our credits, ‘Eternal thanks to Mr Shah Rukh Khan’. Sometimes people come to do something so generous and magnanimous.
“There is no way to ever repay what Shah Rukh Khan has done” Brahmastra. Unanimously one of the favorite things in Brahmastra has been Shah Rukh’s order sir,” Mukerji told PTI in an interview here.
Released September 9th Brahmastra follows the story of Shiva (Ranbir), a DJ, who embarks on a journey with his beloved Isha (Alia) to discover the origin of his special powers and discover his connection to a secret society called Brahmansh, led by Guruji (Amitabh Bachchan ).
Shah Rukh Khan plays Mohan Bhargava, a scientist and an important member of Brahmansh, who guards one of the pieces of ancient Astra. His character wields the ‘Vanarastra’ in the film.
The 39-year-old filmmaker remembered the star, who starred in the 2011 superhero film Ra.One which was packed with visual effects (VFX), not only understood his struggle to make a tentpole spectacle film, but also supported his vision.
“I believe that since he has made many visual effects films, he knows how difficult it is to make such a film. He appreciated the journey I was taking and knew how difficult it would be. little support for the vision, he should do it,” he said.
Naming Khan’s character Mohan Bhargava is a tip for his role in the critically acclaimed 2004 film Swadeson which Mukerji had served as deputy director.
Ayan Mukerji said he purposely chose to give a surprise to the ardent fans of the film directed by Ashutosh Gowariker.
“In Swades, he plays a NASA scientist named Mohan Bhargava, who decides to come back and work in India. Since I’ve been working on Swades as an assistant I thought it would be fun to throw in here,” he added.
The director went on to say that he is not sure if any other actor would have had the “greatness” of what Shah Rukh Khan did for Brahmastrathat’s a planned trilogy.
The superstar’s gesture has only encouraged him to one day support someone selflessly in their movie journey, he added.
“He just came and did a great run. I don’t know if anyone else would do it. People don’t do it. I hope that one day, when I reach that position, I can selflessly do something to help someone else,” he said.
Also with Mouni Roy and Nagarjuna, Brahmastra is produced by Star Studios and Dharma Productions. RRR director SS Rajamouli presents the film in the languages Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
The film has earned Rs 300 crore in gross box office collections worldwide in its first week of release, the makers announced Friday.
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