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    12 Facts I Bet You Didn't Know About "Brahmastra"

    Looks like there's more to the film than just Alia Bhatt's character saying, "SHIVAAAA".

    ⚠️ For people who haven't seen the film yet — there might be spoilers ahead! ⚠️

    1. With production costs estimating to be around a whopping ₹410 crores, Brahmastra is touted as one of the most expensive Indian films. Many producers such as Karan Johar, Ayan Mukerji, and Ranbir Kapoor have come together to helm the making of the film.

    2. The film took around five years to shoot. Principal photography commenced in 2018 and finished in 2022.

    3. This may sound very surprising, but Brahmastra is Ranbir and Alia's first film together!

    Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor smiling at each other while flower petals fall on them

    4. The two of them also worked with Amitabh Bachchan for the very first time.

    Amitabh Bachchan in a still from the movie

    5. Brahmastra marks Nagarjuna's return to Hindi films after a huge hiatus. He was last seen in LOC: Kargil (2003).

    6. Shah Rukh Khan, who has a cameo in the film, shares the name Mohan Bhargav with his character in the 2004 film, Swades.

    Shah Rukh Khan in a still from the movie

    7. While the film is set in Mumbai, Varanasi, and the Himalayas, it was filmed in several locations including London, Bulgaria, Edinburgh, New York, and Thailand.

    Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt dancing on the steps of a ghat

    8. According to some sources, the film was originally going to be titled Dragon, but was later changed to Brahmastra.

    9. The film has been released in five languages — Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, and Malayalam. SS Rajamouli is the one steering the film presentation for Southern India.

    10. Brahmastra's visual effects have been provided by DNEG, a British-Indian studio that has also worked on movies like Dune and Inception.

    A still from Dune

    11. Both the film and Ranbir's character are heavily inspired by Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet.

    Ranbir Kapoor performing pyrotechnics

    12. And lastly, Brahmastra is part of a trilogy series, which in turn is a part of Ayan Mukerji's Astraverse.

    Animation explaining astras