Reports of a falling out between Brahmastra director Ayan Mukerji and Dharma Productions are roiling the industry. Ayan Mukerji only recently announced the arrival of Brahmastra Parts 2 and 3 on social media. It’s interesting to note that Karan Johar and his production company were not present. Ayan didn’t even mention them or tag them.
Ayan Mukerji’s reluctance to include Karan and his production company has unsurprisingly stoked rumors. One of these rumors that have been spreading is that Ayan Mukerji is thinking about working on the second and third parts of Brahmastra under a different label.
More than just furious at the omission, the director is heartbroken that Ayan Mukerji chose to announce the sequel without consulting him or keeping him in the loop. If you want the insider to elaborate on what has happened specifically, he says, “Karan has been more than gracious to let Ayan go with the idea of Brahmastra. The movie took eight years to make because he let the filmmaker take his time! In addition, Karan made sure that the movie’s release was unaffected even though Brahmastra Part 1 exceeded its budget. Karan instead focused far more of his efforts on marketing and promoting the business.
The current state of affairs is such that Ayan has announced the sequel without Karan, despite the fact that it was because of him that the movie was done in the first place. Karan has undoubtedly been affected by being excluded from Brahmastra 2 and 3, but the director prefers to keep a respectful silence. According to reports, Ayan, the owner of the intellectual property rights, has reportedly started talking to other production banners after one of them expressed interest in starring in both projects.
As if that weren’t enough, there is another rumor going around that Ayan Mukerji, rather than Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, has maintained the IP rights to the Brahmastra franchise. Given that Ayan has started pursuing other banners for the upcoming installments, validating his claim to the brand IP, this rumor has gained more traction. The source states, “Karan spent a lot of time and money making sure that Brahmastra Part 1 was done right. The business of the first picture cannot be seen in isolation, according to Karan Johar, who stated in interviews that the investment made in Brahmastra is an investment made in the franchise and not just the one film.
However, with this new twist, it is unclear how Ayan plans to reimburse Dharma for their investment if he chooses to find a different producer for the sequel. Now that Ayan has decided to go, it appears that the director was able to carry out his vision thanks to Karan’s generosity. For Karan, who has long viewed the Brahmastra franchise and even Ayan as his own, this has become yet another source of irritation.
The report continues by mentioning yet another factor that may strain a relationship: “Brahmastra featured Alia Bhatt. She will undoubtedly appear in the franchise’s second and third installments as well. In this situation, Ayan’s decision can potentially have a negative impact on Karan and Alia’s working relationship.