Mumbai: Shahrukh Khan, one of the busiest Bollywood megastar, usually known in the industry as ‘King Khan’ will be starring in two films this year. One is in Ranbir Kapoor-Aliya Bhatt starrer ‘Brahmastra’ as a cameo. The second is the much awaited biography of the ex ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan. The film is named: ‘Rocketry: the Nambi effect’, directed and produced by the veteran South Indian actor R. Madhavan.
‘Brahmastra’ – Quick Plot
Brahmastra plots a young Telugu woman falls madly in love with a man who comes from Karnataka. Her family is keen that she marry a rich suitor so she runs away from home. Aliya Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor play the key roles. Amitabh Bhachan, the idol of Bollywood, Dimple Kapadia and Akkineni Nagarjuna, famous South Indian actor support the cast strongly. Like the actors, the film has a strong and popular line of producers Ranbir Kapoor, Ayan Mukerji, Karan Johar, Namit Malhotra, Hiroo Johar and Apoorva Mehta for Dharma Productions. The movie is directed by Ayan Mukherji who had gifted the block-busters like Wake Up Sid and Yeh Javani Hai Deevani to the industry.
In Brahmastra, Ranbir will be seen as a character Shiva, in a quest for the all-powerful ‘Brahmastra’. “Brahmastra is designed in such a way that each of these actors play a key role in the narrative. Ranbir’s character meets each of them at different times of his quest to find the Brahmastra. While Nagarjuna plays an archaeologist, Shah Rukh essays the role of a scientist.”, an anonymous source reported. The report added that Brahmastra opens with Shah Rukh’s sequence. It continued, “Nagarjuna, Shah Rukh and Dimple Kapadia are all aids to Ranbir’s character at specific points in the plot and push the story ahead. All of them have clues leading Ranbir to the Brahmastra. In fact, the film opens with Shah Rukh’s sequence. It’s a long scene and Shah Rukh shot it over ten days at Film City earlier this year.”
The film has been in the making since 2018 and has been shot in places like Bulgaria, Mumbai, Varanasi and Manali. The film was to release around Christmas in 2019 but was delayed, owing to its extensive VFX works. In April that year, director Ayan had taken to Instagram to reveal the reason. However, in March 2019, the logo of the film was unveiled in Prayagraj on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, during the Kumbh Mela. The mega affair saw an extensive use of drones for unveiling of the logo. The film’s name burrows a weapon of the same name from the Hindu mythology and is the ‘weapon of all weapons’, belonging to the mythological creator of the universe, Lord Brahma.
The film is set to release in December 2020, although a final sequence is yet to film. But the shooting was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This points that the release in December is yet to be confirmed.
‘Rocketry’ – A Quick plot:
Talking about Shah Rukh’s role in Madhavan’s film, a source told: “In ‘Rocketry: the Nambi Effect’, he plays a journalist who interviews scientist Nambi Narayanan and takes us through the protagonist’s journey in flashback.” The film is based on the life of Padma Bhushan recipient ISRO scientist and aerospace engineer Nambi Narayanan. According to the sources, Shah Rukh has already shot his portions for the two films last year.
Shah Rukh Khan was last seen in Aanand L Rai’s ‘Zero’ which had hit theatres in December 2018. The film, co-starring Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, did not see critical or commercial success.