"He was supposed to start prep with me"
Ayan Mukerji has revealed that a particular reason made him “so angry” with Ranbir Kapoor.
The trailer of his film Brahmastra was released on June 15, 2022, after a long wait.
The film has been in the works for a long time, with filming taking several years due to a number of delays.
Ayan has now revealed that one of the delays was caused by Ranbir, leaving him angry.
Brahmastra will mark Ayan’s third consecutive film that has starred Ranbir in the lead role after Wake Up Sid and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
Ayan explained that he started pre-production in 2014, a year after the release of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
However, Ranbir delayed his preparation for Brahmastra, opting for Sanju instead.
Rajkumar Hirani’s 2018 biopic on Sanjay Dutt was Ranbir’s last on-screen appearance.
Speaking about it, Ayan Mukerji said:
“When I started the prep for Brahmastra, Ranbir was offered Sanju.
“He was supposed to start prep with me, but he chose to start Sanju first. I was so angry.
“I was happy that he was working with Raju Hirani but what about my project?”
But Ayan now realises that Ranbir made the right decision by prioritising Sanju.
The filmmaker continued: “But in hindsight, I’m glad Ranbir chose to work on Sanju because, a few years later, Sanju was shot, edited, and ready for release and my pre-production hadn’t even been completed.
“Had Ranbir waited for me, it would’ve been too long a wait.”
Brahmastra will be part of a trilogy.
Speaking about the second and third instalments, Ayan said:
“We will plan the shooting of the second and third part after the release of the first film.”
“The entire trilogy will tell the same story but the next movies will introduce new characters and bring new perspectives to the Brahmastra story.”
Brahmastra marks the first collaboration between Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. The pair reportedly got into a relationship whilst working on the film.
After the film releases on September 9, 2022, Brahmastra will also become Ranbir and Alia’s first film since getting married in April 2022.
Brahmastra also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna, and Mouni Roy.