"Each film would introduce new characters."
It hasn’t even been a week since the much-anticipated Ayan Mukerji’s film Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva was released in theatres and fans are already waiting for the second part.
With the first one starring the husband-wife duo Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, some are speculating whether the next instalment will retain the initial cast or will feature star couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.
Breaking the silence over fan speculations about the cast of the second film of the planned fantasy trilogy, film critic and author Anupama Chopra, on Film Companion, said:
“I hope that the learnings of this film enable them to make a kickass part two with of course Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.”
After Anupama Chopra revealed her opinion, the host of the chat show asked her if the news is confirmed or not.
While she didn’t say anything explicitly, she responded by blinking her eyes in a manner that confirmed the development.
Ayan Mukerji, the director of Brahmastra, recently told The Times of India that the makers will “plan the shooting of the second and third parts”.
He added that “the trilogy will tell the same story, but that each film would introduce new characters and add various perspectives to the overall narrative.”
Fans also brought back an old picture shared by co-producer of Brahmastra, Karan Johar, on Instagram.
The picture shows see Bollywood bigwigs Aamir Khan, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shah Rukh Khan in one frame.
Looking back at what earlier looked like a reunion, fans are now wondering if everyone in the picture comprises the star cast of the second edition of Brahmastra.
Brahmastra, produced by Dharma Productions was released in theatres worldwide on September 9, 2022.
Apart from Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor, it sees Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna, and Mouni Roy in pivotal roles. The film also has a cameo of Shah Rukh Khan.
Drawing inspiration from stories in Hindu mythology, the film follows Shiva, an orphan with pyrokinetic powers who discovers that he is an astra, a weapon of enormous energy.
He attempts to prevent the strongest of the astras from falling into the hands of dark forces that share a history with him.
The film was first conceived by Ayan Mukerji in 2011, with core elements being inspired by Indian history and stories he heard in his childhood.
Its development was first revealed in July 2014 with a planned release for 2016, but its official announcement by Karan Johar would only arrive in October 2017.