S.S. Rajamouli to present South versions of Brahmāstra – Part One

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From left, S.S. Rajamouli, Ayan Mukerji, Nagarjuna, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Karan Johar, pose for a photo. Photo: Universal Communications via courtesy Rajiv Vijayakar

The journey of Brahmāstra, easily among the longest-in-the-making films in contemporary times, starts on a high note with South genius S.S. Rajamouli. He is presenting the vision of Brahmāstra with producer Karan Johar, Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Nagarjuna Akkineni, director Ayan Mukerji and Fox Star Studios in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

Some friendships are truly special: Johar felt proud and honored to present S.S. Rajamouli’s labor of love, the Bahubali franchise, in 2015 and 2017. And today we see that friendship blossom into a great reciprocation. Rajamouli has announced that he will present Mukerji’s magnum opus in the four South languages—Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam—worldwide.

An epic amalgamation of inspiration from Indian mythology and the modern world, Brahmāstra is one of the most awaited films of 2022. And with the recent release-date announcement (09.09.2022) and its striking motion poster launch going viral across territories, things are looking up for the film from the producer-director(Mukerji)-hero (Ranbir Kapoor)-composer (Pritam) team of 2013’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

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Headlining the first part of the planned trilogy are Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, the real-life lovebirds, who interestingly are sharing screen space for the first time.

Speaking on this occasion, S.S. Rajamouli says, “I’m truly glad to come on board and present Brahmāstra to audiences worldwide in the four south languages. Its concept is unique, which reflects in its story and presentation. In many ways, it reminds me of Bahubali – a labor of love and passion. I have seen Ayan invest time in making Brahmāstra, patiently putting it together to get it right, much like I did for Bahubali.”

He continues, “The film perfectly marries themes from ancient Indian culture with modern technology, and with cutting-edge VFX that will blow your mind! A filmmaking journey that I can relate to, Ayan’s vision is a new chapter in Indian cinema and I am proud to be associated with Dharma Productions once again after Bahubali. Karan has a profound understanding and sensibility for good films and I feel proud to partner with him again, and with Fox Star Studios to present this film.”

Brahmāstra is the most ambitious and visionary project of which I have been part. It is Ayan’s vision, his baby that he has nurtured. The outcome is extraordinary, the presentation universal, and it most certainly deserves a footprint across multiple Indian languages. Bahubali not only broke records but also cut across geographical and language boundaries to be our first truly national film and there is nobody better than the genius storyteller, Rajamouli Garu, to partner with to achieve that same vision! It warms my heart and strengthens my confidence that he is now a part of this film,” said Johar.

An excited Mukerji adds, “This is a dream that I have been nurturing for years. It’s an ambitious trilogy and the journey so far has been nothing short of exhilarating. I have given this film everything and I will continue to pour my heart into this. I feel blessed to have an amazing mentor like S.S. Rajamouli-sir come on board. It is his film, Bahubali, that gave me the confidence to pursue my dream courageously. And to have his name attached to Brahmāstra is the biggest endorsement.”

Nagarjuna Akkineni adds, “It has been a fantastic experience to work with Ayan and the hugely talented team of Brahmāstra. This combination of ancient and modern India fascinated me and it is exciting to be a part of such a larger-than-life project. To have Mr. Rajamouli on board is a great honor for all of us and I am looking forward to presenting the film to my fans in 2022.”

Brahmāstra Part One, is the first of a 3-part film franchise and the beginning of India’s first original universe – the Astraverse. It is a new original cinematic universe inspired by deeply-rooted concepts and tales in Indian mythology but set in the modern world, with an epic scale storytelling of fantasy, adventure, good versus evil, love and hope all told using never-seen-before visual spectacles.

The film is produced by Fox Star Studios, Dharma Productions, Prime Focus and Starlight Pictures.

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