Brahmastra: Sadak 2 (and Alia Bhatt‘s performance in the film) is a subject that seems like everyone has been silently committing to ignore. Two years and enviable fame later, it’s still the sourest blot on a list of films that contains Student of the Year and an actual film titled Kalank. However, while everyone acknowledged that she was in a precarious position with Sadak 2, considering that it was directed by her father Mahesh Bhatt who was decades beyond his prime, there’s an excuse that can be made for the way that Bhatt is often referred to as the generation’s best actor, and someone not able to give a good performance, even in commercials for Manyavar – was given a starring role as a director in Ayan Mukerji’s fantasy film Brahmastra.
It was released in theaters this weekend, exactly eight years after it was first made public, Brahmastra is an excruciating theatrical experience with the potential to smash your ears and your determination to live. It’s a long, poorly scripted film that regularly takes its inspiration from the most obvious sources such as Harry Potter, the MCU, Star Wars, and even Avatar the Last Airbender — and seems to have made it clear that no one will even notice. Actually, director Ayan Mukerji is so unpopular and has no respect for his audience (and lacks confidence in his film) that he is compelled to feed every last bit of information in such a way that when you leave the theater, awestruck you’ll be thinking about your self in Sanskrit.