Ayan Mukerji reveals why Shah Rukh Khan's Brahmastra cameo pays tribute to Swades

Published on Sep 16, 2022 03:40 PM IST

Ayan Mukerji, who worked with Shah Rukh Khan on Swades, has confirmed the film's connection to Brahmastra.

Shah Rukh Khan's character in both Brahmastra and Swades is named Mohan Bhargav.
Shah Rukh Khan's character in both Brahmastra and Swades is named Mohan Bhargav.

Ayan Mukerji has confirmed the suspicion of Brahmastra viewers about Shah Rukh Khan's cameo appearance. Many fans suspected that Shah Rukh's role in the film as Mohan Bhargav, a scientist who wielded Vanarastra, had a connection to his 2004 film Swades. Shah Rukh's character in Swades was also named Mohan Bhargav and was a scientist. Also Read| Ayan Mukerji confirms spin-off plans for Shah Rukh Khan’s Vanarastra

Brahmastra director Ayan Mukerji recently confirmed that naming Shah Rukh's character Mohan Bhargav was an intentional tribute to Swades. He also shared that apart from Shah Rukh, he had another reason to pay homage to the cult classic film directed by Ashutosh Gowariker.

Ayan Mukerji told PTI, "In Swades, he (Shah Rukh) plays a NASA scientist called Mohan Bhargava, who decides to come back and work in India. Since I had worked on Swades as an assistant, I thought it would be a nice thing to throw in here."

Ayan Mukerji started his career as an assistant director with Swades at the age of 19. He later served as an assistant director in Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) also starring Shah Rukh. Ayan expressed his gratitude to Shah Rukh for doing the guest appearance in Brahmastra, which has been one of the highlights of the film.

He said, "We wrote that in our credits, 'Eternally grateful to Mr Shah Rukh Khan'. Sometimes, people come and do something so generous and large hearted. There is no way to ever repay what Shah Rukh Khan has done on Brahmastra. Unanimously, one of the favourite things in Brahmastra has been Shah Rukh sir's sequence."

Brahmastra, which stars Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in the lead role, released in theatres on September 9. Ayan has teased that makers are also considering a spin-off for Shah Rukh's character in the film.

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