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When Ranbir Kapoor abandoned “Brahmastra” in favour of “Sanju,” Ayan Mukerji said, “I was really angry.”

Brahmastra, the long-gestating film project of Ayan Mukerji, took 11 years to complete, according to Film Companion.

When he was involved in the production of Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani, the Swades scriptwriter proposed the idea of an Indian sci-fi superhero movie, saying, “I’ve always felt a powerful energy, a deep spirituality in our mountains. And I really believe that the Brahmastra vision sprang from the energy of the Himalayas.

The film’s story took the 39-year-old director three years to finish, and it was originally scheduled for release in December 2016. However, a number of setbacks caused the project to be put on hold.

Ranbir Kapoor was chosen by Mukerji to portray the title character in Brahmastra. However, the actor was preoccupied with Sanju filming at the moment.

The director recalled this in a subsequent interview, saying, “He [Kapoor] was set to start preparations with me but he opted to start Sanju first. I was furious. The fact that he is collaborating with Raju Hirani made me thrilled, but what about my project?

The filmmaker revealed the release date will be December 2019 as soon as filming got underway. However, Mukerji’s idea for the movie proved to be impractical for a 2019 release due to challenging visual effects (VFX) and numerous reshoots.

The Rockstar star caught COVID-19 on the set during the epidemic, prompting the crew to take a break. Finally, in March 2022, the team finished filming the movie after numerous delays and reshoots.

In an interview, Kapoor commented on these frequent halts in production, saying, “As for Brahmastra’s delays, I believe that we were not ready for the animal that it was when we started the project. We didn’t anticipate that given the setting of the story because it had too many spectacular effects. As a result, we were learning as we went.

The VFX for the allegedly INR 410 crore film was created by the British-Indian special effects outfit DNEG, which has won seven Oscars for its work. Inception (2010), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Dune (2021), and Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Amazon are just a few of their earlier well-known works (2022). The first Indian-focused endeavour for DNEG will be Mukerji’s movie.

Ayan Mukerji is currently savouring the benefits of Brahmastra’s popularity, which has broken all box office records, following an 11-year journey.