Come August 15th, 2019 and Bollywood will witness the most expensive superhero film India has ever produced. Dharma Productions’s ‘Brahmastra’ that stars Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles will reportedly be made in the budget of over 150 crores.

Ranbir Kapoor

Namit Malhotra who is co-producing this superhero flick under the banner of Prime Focus along with Karan Johar, said: “We aspire to create something homegrown that can match Hollywood standards. We can’t be penny-pinching with the scale. Hollywood has moved from dramas and rom-coms to big scale films which makes more money eventually. India too is getting there.”

To make this film on par with Hollywood fantasy films, ‘Brahmastra’ will also be released in a 3D format so that the audiences can experience the cinematic vision the makers want. “We will shoot it the regular way and then convert it into 3D,” Malhotra said adding that the visual effects and conversion quality of the film will be superlative and an answer to Hollywood.

‘Brahmastra’ is being planned as a trilogy and this will be the first part of the three movies. In this film, Ranbir plays a character who has the superpower of unleashing fire from his palms while Alia and Amitabh’s characters are yet unknown.

The Ayan Mukherji directed this film is said to be completely different from ‘Krrish’ which is the only superhero franchise in Bollywood. While Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Krrish’ is about a guy who inherits his father’s superhuman abilities, the story of ‘Brahmastra’ is rooted in the Indian cultural heritage.

“The films (trilogy) will progress from establishing the characters to the protagonist achieving his goal. Ayan’s vision will strike a chord with everyone, from the ages of six to 60,” Malhotra added.

‘Brahmastra’ will go on floors early next year.