Alia BhattKaran Johar and Ayan Mukerji took to Instagram on Wednesday to share some new images of the various astras (weapons) in their upcoming movie Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva. The nearly four-minute video of impressive VFX footage shows Ayan introducing and dissecting the various astras that make up the upcoming film, which hits theaters September 9. His magnum opus stars Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role, alongside Alia. The film also features Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy. Read more: Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt come together to save the world

“Although Brahmastra is a fictional work, it was my attempt to celebrate Indian spirituality in my own way through this film. On this very auspicious day of Guru Purnima, I wanted to share a little more detail about the concept of Brahmastra – a film that made me personally find myself transforming myself into an eternal student of the infinite wisdom that exists in our ancient Indian roots… I hope you enjoy our imagination,” Ayan wrote on Instagram while sharing the “vision of Brahmastra ‘ shared.

The video opens with ‘never-before-seen world of ancient Indian astras’ featuring key concept arts such as Vanarastra, Nandiastra, Prabhastra, Jalastra, Pawanastra and Brahmastra. About the ‘concept of the Astraverse (a universe of astras)’ in the video, Ayan says: “Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva is the first movie of this Astraverse. It begins with an image from a mystical time in ancient India, where a group of sages is in deep meditation in the Himalayas. For their meditation, the sages are blessed with ‘The Light of the Universe’.” Ayan Mukerjic called it the ‘most powerful and purest energy there is – Braham-shakti’.

He further explained how from these ‘Braham-shakti’ astras were born, which contain within them all the different energies found in nature, such as ‘fire, wind, water, earth’. He called them ‘Jal (water) Astra, Pawan (wind) Astra and the Agny (fire) Astra’. He also spoke of astras that have within them the powers of various animals, such as the Vanarastra, “which can give the person who controls it the power of a Super Monkey.” He said that the Nandiastra “has in it the strength and power of a thousand bulls.” But there is one astra, the last emerging from ‘The Light of the Universe’, ‘carrying its collective’, the ‘lord of all others’, whom the sages named after one of the mightiest weapons of Gods – the Brahmastra’ .

'Jal (water) Astra, Pawan (wind) Astra and the Agny (fire) Astra' and other astra's 'weapons' appearing in Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva.
‘Jal (water) Astra, Pawan (wind) Astra and the Agny (fire) Astra’ and other astra’s ‘weapons’ appearing in Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva.

“The sages promise to protect these astras and as the guardians of the Brahmastra they call themselves the Brahmansh, a secret society, which will exist among other people, and will do good to the world with the power of these astras. Time moves forward, humanity advances, and Brahmastra also advances. The Brahmansh passes on the astras from generation to generation, all the way to our world today, where the Brahmansh still exists in secret,” Ayan said.

India as it is today is where Brahmastra’s story takes place, the filmmaker, who is also the writer of the upcoming adventure drama, said in the video. “I believe this puts us in a very unique position because no one has ever done what we do with ancient Indian inspiration in the modern world,” he said.

Ayan also talked about how Ranbir Kapoor‘s character in Brahmastra is a “miracle” because he himself is an “astra” – Agni (fire) Astra. “He is named after the God most dear to me personally, the most mystical, the almighty and my greatest source of inspiration – Shiva.” The highly anticipated trailer for Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva was released on June 15th. The three minute trailer had packed a lot of visually stunning moments and gave an indication of the greatness of the film.

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