‘Brahmastra’: Are producers of the Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor starrer insisting on chopping off 25-30 minutes of the movie?

Ayan Mukerji’s upcoming fantasy drama, ‘Brahmastra’ has been one of the most awaited films in Bollywood. The film has been through several delays in production and theatrical release in the past. Now, reports are rife that the producers of the movie are insisting that the Ayan chop off at least 25-30 minutes of the movie.

According to a report in a news portal, one of the co-producers of ‘Brahmastra’ wants the movie to be cut short by at least 25-30 minutes. The producers are of the view that an approximately 3-hour movie won’t work in today’s day and age as not only does the audience possess the patience any longer to sit through such a long film in the theatre, but also the length would reduce the number of shows in both multiplexes and single screens, thus affecting box-office returns daily.

However, it looks like the filmmaker is not on board with the idea of cutting parts of the movie. According to Ayan, the portion being asked to be left out of the final edit constitutes part of the film’s core essence, and removing it from the final cut would compromise the impact greatly.

The report also added that with just seven days of shoot pending, Ayan is eager to wrap things up at the earliest and focus entirely on the post-production so that he can get the film ready in time for when theatres will be operating again at full capacity.

‘Brahmastra’ stars Ranbir and Alia in the lead role. It also features Amitabh Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia, Nagarjuna Akkineni and Mouni Roy in key roles.