Alia Bhatt gave 7 years to Brahmastra; she was 21 when she signed, it will release when she'll be 29: Karan Johar on actress's dedication towards the film


Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra was conceptualised around 7 years ago. Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were roped in as the lead pair and Karan Johar came on board as the producer. Touted as a game-changer, Brahmastra saw many highs and lows in all these years. Now, after multiple delays, the mythological fantasy film has a release date and a motion poster. The multi-starrer project will release in theatres on September 9, 2022. 

In a recent interview, Karan, who is producing Brahmastra under his banner Dharma Productions, opened up about the efforts that went behind making the film. "You can just write on the fact that there's a boy (Ayan Mukerji) who's worked for seven years, every day of his life. Literally, I've seen with my own eyes – the blood, sweat and tears, every single day. That boy has relentlessly just worked on this movie, discovered so much. I've just seen his passion. He has had actors that have given him everything," Karan told. 

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Praising Ranbir and Alia for dedicating 7 years to Brahmastra, the filmmaker added, "I met Rajamouli sir and he used to say how Prabhas and Rana Daggubati gave five years of their life to Baahubali. Ranbir has given seven years. Alia has given seven years without questioning. Dates have got adjusted, schedules have moved, governments have changed, Brahmastra was still on. It was still on and there was that kid who has grown up. Alia grew up with Brahmastra. When she signed the film, she was 21 years old. I mean, she's 28 today and you know when the film is going to release, she'll be 29. She literally grew up in cinema. She came as a newbie to [become] a veteran actress now. It was not because it was being delayed for any indulgent reason or something; it was just taking so long to match execution to vision."

Karan further said, "I know that I don't regret a single day of giving my support and love, or the studio Disney that put in all the muscle, as well as all the members of the cast. If you ask them, even now when I see, they're so passionate about each and every frame of Brahmastra. We just hope and pray literally every day that it matches, and none of us are in it for the money anymore. Because the Lord knows that even the film is a mega-blockbuster. It's not that everyone is taking the fat cheque home because all the money's in the film. But it's become like a passion project beyond passion."

Brahmastra also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy and Nagarjuna. Shah Rukh Khan has a cameo in the film. 

(Source: Film Companion)