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Astraverse intertitle from Brahmāstra – Part One: Shiva (2022)
Created byAyan Mukerji
Original workBrahmāstra (2022)
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The Astraverse is an Indian media franchise centered on a series of fantasy films produced by Star Studios in association with Dharma Productions. The films are based on characters that appear across several periods in the Hindu Mythology.

The first Astraverse film is the upcoming Brahmastra, which in itself is set to be released as a trilogy[1][2]. The first movie is centered around the Hindu god Shiva and will release theatrically on 9 September 2022.


Astraverse is a concept linked with ancient Hindu mythology of Gods weilding their respective weapons (the Astras). Building blocks of the Astraverse are the principle elements of nature -- wind, fire and water[3][4]. In Hinduism, an astra (Sanskrit: अस्त्र; also Romanized as asthra) is a supernatural weapon invoked by mantras to summon the energy of a specific deity. This energy can be channeled into any object, which can then be used as a weapon. These weapons are imbued with spiritual and occult powers.

The Astraverse universe also consists of Astra Rakshak, a secret society of sages that who have been the protectors of the astras and the astron ka devta, the Brahmastra since millenia.[5]

List of Astras[edit]

Astras are most common in the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and feature in the battles described in each epic[6][7]. While they typically take the form of arrows, astras could take the form of any object. For example, Ashwatthama invoked the Brahmashirsha astra into a blade of grass to use as his weapon. The below list presents astras that have made appearance in the Astraverse so far.

Name Type Deity Notes
Brahmastra Brahma Most powerful astra in the Mahabharata. Only weapon capable of piercing Brahma's armor.
Trishula Trident Shiva Most powerful weapon according to Shaiva traditions.
Sudarshana Chakra Discus Vishnu Can only be stopped by Vishnu's command. Used to behead Shishupala.
Gada Mace Hanuman A powerful mace that provides unbeatable strength to the weilder of the mace.
Nandi Astra Shiva Powerful bull which is considered as Lord Shiva's vehicle
Teen Baan Arrows Shiva Three arrows given by Shiva. First arrow marks what is to be destroyed, second marks what is to be saved, and third destroys what is marked to be destroyed.
Agneyastra Agni Emitted inextinguishable flames.
Varunastra Varuna Released large torrents of water. Used to counter the Agneyastra.
Manavastra Manu Overcomes spiritual protection, can carry the target far away, and can inspire humanity in evil beings.
Nagastra Arrow The Nagas Arrow which never missed. Took the form of a snake.
Vayvyastra Vayu Brings about storms which can lift armies off the ground.
Suryastra Surya Creates bright light which dispels darkness and dries up water.
Vajra Thunderbolt Indra Target would be struck with bolts of lightning.
Maheshwarastra Shiva Contains the power of Shiva's third eye. Fires a beam which turns the target to ash.
Parashu Axe Shiva Given to Parashurama due to his devotion to Shiva.
Chandrahas Sword Shiva Name means "laughter of the moon", referring to the crescent shape of the moon.
Gandiva Bow Brahma Decorated with gold and had radiant ends.


Originally, Ayan Mukerji had started pre-production work for the movie series in 2014.[8] Mukerji has often spoken about how it took him almost nine years to create the project. Principal photography lasted for five years from February 2018 to March 2022 with filming locations including Bulgaria, London, New York, Edinburgh, and Varanasi. Production and release of the film was delayed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brahmāstra – Part One: Shiva (Hindi pronunciation: [bɾəʱmaːst̪ɾ]) (transl. The weapon of Brahma - Part One: Shiva) is the first film (a part of Trilogy itself), set to be released as a part of the Astraverse cinematic universe. The film is written and directed by Ayan Mukerji, and is produced by Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Namit Malhotra, and Mukerji (in his debut production) under the banners Dharma Productions, Prime Focus and Starlight Pictures, in association with Star Studios. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Mouni Roy, and Nagarjuna Akkineni.


Brahmāstra – Part One: Shiva is scheduled to release on 9 September 2022. The film will be released in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada languages by Star Studios[9]. It is also planned to be released in the United States and Canada on the same day by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, which is responsible for worldwide distribution[10].

The film is scheduled for release in standard formats, 3D, and IMAX 3D.


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  3. Sahu, Sushri (2022-06-15). "'Brahmāstra' Trailer Explained: Ranbir Kapoor's Shiva, Connection With Amitabh Bachchan's Guru, And Astraverse". Mashable India. Retrieved 2022-06-16.
  4. "Ranbir Kapoor says Brahmastra and the Astraverse is our own Marvel universe". Retrieved 2022-06-17.
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  6. "The Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva: Kairata Parva: Section XL". Retrieved 2022-06-17.
  7. Sivanandam, Dr. M. (March 9, 2015). "WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION IN MAHABHARATA WAR" (PDF). International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews.
  8. "Ayan Mukerji was 'angry' at Ranbir Kapoor for delaying Brahmastra: 'He chose to start Sanju first'". Hindustan Times. 2022-06-16. Retrieved 2022-06-16.
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  10. "Alia-Ranbir's Brahmastra, Thor Love and Thunder, Black Panther 2 in Disney's global release slate". India Today. Retrieved 2022-06-16.

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