Pushpa: The Rise - 2021 Action Thriller Film

Pushpa: The Rise – 2021 Action Thriller Film

Movie Name: Pushpa: The Rise
Directed by: Sukumar
Starring: Allu Arjun, Fahadh Faasil, Rashmika Mandanna, Jagapathi Babu, Prakash Raj, Dhananjay, Sunil Varma, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Harish Uthaman, Vennela Kishore, Sritej, Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Genre: ActionAdventureCrime
Release Date: 17 December, 2021
Language:
 Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam
Running Time: 179 Minutes
Rating:
Budget: ₹250 Crore

Pushpa Raj is a truck driver and a smuggler who trades red sanders smuggling in the Seshachalam Hills of the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh.

Pushpa: The Rise – Part 1 is an upcoming Indian Telugu-language action thriller film written and directed by Sukumar. Produced by Mythri Movie Makers in association with Muttamsetty Media, the film stars Allu Arjun as the titular character alongside Fahadh Faasil (in his Telugu debut) and Rashmika Mandanna. The first of two cinematic parts, the plot is based on the red sanders smuggling in the Seshachalam Hills of the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh.

The film’s music is composed by Devi Sri Prasad, with cinematography and editing performed by Miroslaw Kuba Brozek and Karthika Srinivas respectively. The film is scheduled to release on 17 December 2021 in Telugu along with dubbed versions in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, and Hindi languages.

Sukumar’s regular collaborator Devi Sri Prasad was roped in to compose score and soundtrack of the film. As of November 2021, three singles – “Daako Daako Meka”, “Srivalli” ,”Saami Saami” and ” eyy bidda idi naa adda” were released as singles on 13 August, 13 , 28 October, 19 November respectively.

Pushpa: The Rise – Movie Trailer:

Movie Review:

If there’s one thing that Telugu filmmakers have mastered over the years, it’s their knack to get the masala cinema formula right. No matter how predictable their films get, most Telugu films continue to appeal to the masses because of the mainstream treatment, and Allu Arjun’s Pushpa: The Rise is no different. Sukumar’s film is largely engaging and set against the backdrop of red sandalwood smuggling as it follows the rise of the film’s lead, Pushparaj aka Pushpa. A terrific Allu Arjun not just shines in the role, but also makes it one of the most memorable characters in recent years.

Pushpa, who lives with his mother, grows up without a father. He’s shamed for being a boy without a family name and years of humiliation leave him scarred, and he yearns for earn an identity for himself.

After taking up menial jobs for a pittance, he volunteers to be part of the red sandalwood smuggling gang for better pay. He slowly gains the trust of his employers and soon rises through the ranks to become their go-to guy. The rise to the top comes with its share of obstacles, but Pushpa is the kind of guy who gets what he wants. As he slowly starts to gain control over the business while earning the wrath of a few, he crosses paths with Bhanwar Singh Shekhawat, played by the inimitable Fahadh Faasil. It is here that all hell breaks loose.

At three-hour-long, Pushpa manages to stay engaging for the most part and never makes sitting through the film tiring. It’s a character-driven story and Sukumar needs to be lauded for effectively establishing the character of Pushpa, whose growth couldn’t have been handled more satisfyingly. The only minor issue with the writing is that the hero, who’s meant to win in the end like in most stories, has no stakes in the game and nothing to lose, which sort of makes him invincible and the film’s multiple antagonists, powerless.

Even the inclusion of Fahadh Faasil, who will apparently get a meatier part in the second film, doesn’t create the kind of impact most would’ve anticipated. Despite the crowd-pleasing confrontation scenes between Allu Arjun and Fahadh Faasil, the film’s end is slightly underwhelming.

Pushpa is Allu Arjun’s show all the way, and he plays a very crucial role in making the film work to a large extent. Be it the Telugu accent, his character’s mannerism and body language including the one-sided drooping shoulder, he seems to have championed every facet of the character to make it a unique and highly entertaining performance. However, the other key characters are poorly written.

Rashmika Mandanna hardly gets to leave a mark with her forgettable character. The face-off between Allu Arjun and Fahadh Faasil towards the end is a subplot that I wish was explored much earlier in the movie. We get two men who are consumed by the urge to lock horns over who’s more powerful but I’m waiting to bet my money on the second part.

Pushpa: The Rise – Movie Songs:

Song TItle: Jaago Jaago Bakre
Lyrics: Raqueeb Alam
Music Composer: Devi Sri Prasad
Singer(s): Vishal Dadlani (Chorus: Deepak, Vignesh, Shenbagaraj, Narayanan, Thipparthy Uday Kumar)

Song TItle: Srivalli
Lyrics: Raqueeb Alam
Music Composer: Devi Sri Prasad
Singer(s): Javed Ali (Chorus: Deepak, Vignesh, Shenbagaraj, Narayanan, Thipparthy Uday Kumar)

Song TItle: Eyy Bidda Ye Mera Adda
Lyrics: Raqueeb Alam
Music Composer: Devi Sri Prasad
Singer(s): Nakash Aziz

Song TItle: Oo Bolega Ya Oo Oo Bolega
Lyrics: Raqueeb Alam
Music Composer: Devi Sri Prasad
Singer(s): Kanika Kapoor

Song TItle: Saami Saami
Lyrics: Raqueeb Alam
Music Composer: Devi Sri Prasad
Singer(s): Sunidhi Chauhan

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