Brahmastra: Part One- Shiva felt like an amalgamation of a lot of iconic Hollywood movies and we couldn't help but draw parallels between them!
Ever since its release Brahmastra: Part One- Shiva has sparked a lot of debates amongst the audience about the similarities they saw in the movie with other classic films we've grown up watching. Though Brahmastra itself is a one-of-a-kind movie in Indian cinema, there have been constant comparisons of the film with giant franchises like Harry Potter and Marvel, and rightfully so because most of us came out of the theatre feeling the same. The more you think about it and dig deeper, the more glimpses you see of other movies in it. Taking creative inspiration is totally acceptable as long as you execute it in your own way and Ayan Mukerji definitely did manage to create a world of his own with the Astraverse and the larger-than-life VFX.
But having said that, we definitely cannot miss out on these plotlines from the story that gave us major déjà vu of other movies we love!
This is the most obvious one out of all. Brahmastra follows the classic hero's journey. Just like Harry, Shiva too is an orphan who does not know much about his parent's backstory but when he does he realizes he's a part of something really big. The scene where they show baby Shiva crying while his mother is burning reminded me so much of Lily Potter's death scene while Harry was crying in his cradle.
The parts of the Brahmastra feel like Horcruxes and the constant visions that Shiva gets is similar to how Harry got visions of what Voldemort was up to. This could mean that Shiva too has a connection with the antagonist. Also how the Brahmansh, which is a secret society sworn to protect all the Astras feels the same as the Order of the Phoenix which was formed to protect the world from Voldemort. Just like Harry's parents were members of the Order, Shiva's parents too were members of the Brahmansh.
Finding light in the darkest of times reminds us of Dumbledore and so does Amitabh Bachchan's character in the film who plays a mentor for Shiva just like Dumbledore was for Harry.
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness
Junoon's whole arc, how she looked, the whole red VFX on her, the scene where she has candles all around her while she is chanting something, her brute strength, I mean, the list can go on of how much she resembles Scarlet Witch from the movie.
Spiderman: No Way Home
Is it just me, or did you guys also notice how Alia Bhatt falls the same exact way Zendaya falls in Spiderman: No Way Home? or should I say how Emma Watson falls in the Amazing Spiderman-2? Even the look in their eyes while they were falling had the same depth.
Shahrukh Khan's cameo in the film was probably one of the biggest highlights of Brahmastra. But he resonated so much with Tony Stark. The spectacles, how witty he was even while talking to the enemy, the way his whole lab was built with a secret safe under the table which only he can open definitely made us think of Iron Man.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings
Shang-Chi and Shiva both have parents who were rivals but also lovers who had a baby. By the end of the film, we know that Shiva is soon going to fight against his father, Dev just like Shang-Chi did with his father Wenmu.
The Twilight Saga
A major throwback to our teenage crush Edward Cullen who was constantly afraid of hurting Bella, because he is a vampire, after all. Similarly, Shiva is afraid that Isha will have to bear the fatal brunt of his powers someday.
Speaking of Shiva and Isha, here's another example that you guys might or might not agree to. In the scene where Shiva and Isha meet for the first time, and Shiva literally goes to the extent of climbing the edge of the lift just to keep the conversation going with her reminded me so much of how Ryan Gosling crazily hangs over a roller coaster just so that Rachel McAdams says yes to him for a date.
One of the most iconic plotlines that shook its audience when they learn the truth that Darth Vader is actually Luke Skywalker's father. In the same way, Dev and Shiva's plot too gives us a glimpse of that. The evil force being paternally linked to the protagonist is something so intriguing yet too iconic to go unnoticed.
Shiva uses his power with fire the way Pyro channelizes his powers in X2. Also how the guy from Junoon's army who follows Shiva and Isha like a madman while also being able to move around in a very fast pace resonates with the Nightcrawler. The Guru and Professor X both have places where their extraordinary pupils can train and learn to use their magic the right way.
The Lord of the Rings
The scene where Shiva wears the dark necklace that helps Junoon control his mind is parallel to how Frodo wears the ring and comes in sight of Sauron.
How the character names in Brahmastra are based on their profession like The Scientist, The Artist, The Guru, just like how the main protagonist of Money Heist is called The Professor.
Angels and Demons
Richard (Tom Hanks) deciphers clues and gets flashes of killings in Vatican City which leads to him discovering a secret society. Just like Shiva's arc begins with him deciphering what his visions mean, why Junoon is killing certain people which eventually leads him to Brahmansh.
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