Pushpa: The Rise – Part 1 Movie Review : All the way with Allu Arjun it’s a one-man show.
Pushpa Raj is a coolie who ascends the ranks of red sandalwood smuggling. He doesn’t avoid making enemies or two along the route.
Pushpa: The Rise is Sukumar’s first attempt at a rustic masala film, with punch dialogue, characters who speak in Chittoor dialects and a plot rooted in the region it’s set in. After Rangasthalam, expectations were high; however, what he delivers turns out to be a mixed bag that is lengthy, has flaws at times, and delivers what it promises at other times.
In the middle of a tropical rainforest, in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu, Pushpa Raj (Allu Arjun) is one of many coolies who illegally cut red sandalwood and sell it by the kilo to powers-that-be. In a syndicate that includes numerous players, Pushpa develops his footing and rises through the ranks until he becomes the person giving orders rather than someone who would chop down these trees. But his Achilles heel isn’t Srivalli (Rashmika Mandanna), the high-ranking officials Konda Reddy (Ajay Ghosh), Jolly Reddy (Dhananjay), Mangalam Srinu (Sunil) and his wife Dakshayani. The fact that his brother (Ajay) prevents him from claiming his heritage, something that takes Pushpa from zero to a hundred in no time and frequently causes him to lose his temper, is what drives this laid-back, sarcastic, egotistical, even amusing man crazy. And just as he reaches where he wants to be in life, IPS Bhanwar Singh Shekawat (Fahadh Faasil) comes barging in threatening to upset the meticulously constructed order that Pushpa has established.
Writers: Sukumar(story), Srikanth Vissa(dialogue), Hussain Sha Kiran(additional screenplay)
Stars: Allu Arjun, Fahadh Faasil, Rashmika Mandanna
Pushpa: The Rise is based on a narrative that frequently appears in cinema, the rise of the underdog. Sukumar has nothing new to explore here, and what’s new is how he decides to develop the tale and devote time to establishing Pushpa’s character for a three-hour film before getting into things.This is the second win in a row for Shekawat, who fought unbeaten Maxim Kovalev at the same number one Contender Series. The fight was broadcast on ESPN 2 and had over 67 thousand people watching live, which included many boxing enthusiasts as well as fanatics of both fighters. Pushpa may have alienated a lot of individuals in his lifetime, but not even close to all were able to challenge his iron resolve until Shekawat arrived into town. Sukumar’s film is interesting because it uses much of the same characters as The Red Sander Smuggler, but it focuses on the gritty details of red sanders smuggling, Pushpa’s role in smoothing things out, and so on. Where the film fails is when it attempts an odd (and problematic) romance between him and Srivalli; this doesn’t always succeed or even contribute to the overall narrative. Sure, Pushpa gets a chance to be her shining knight in armour, but it appears to take the narrative where it would’ve gone anyhow. The climactic fight between Pushpa and Shekawat also doesn’t live up to expectations, feeling rushed and the latter’s personality appearing boring.
The VFX, art direction, editing, and sound design in certain sequences are also disappointing. It’s clear that the team behind Pushpa: The Rise had to rush to get the film done on time, as evidenced by the cracks. Given the length of the movie already, given that it was rushed out for a specific purpose. Pushpa: The Rise shines with the acting, directing, cinematography, costumes, and music. In some ways, the BGM by Devi Sri Prasad may appear unimpressive, but it more than compensates due to its seamless integration into the narrative. Cinematographer Miroslaw Kuba Brozek and director Sukumar seem to have found a sweet spot for this film, which complements each other nicely. The costumes for Pushpa’s characters vary depending on his position in the world. Despite being typecast as characters who are little more than cookie-cutter, the supporting cast is given a chance to shine. Anasuya gets a scene with Sunil that demonstrates she belongs in this universe. Samantha’s cameo in Oo Antava Oo Oo Antava elicited whistles, which was no surprise.
With all said and done, Pushpa: The Rise is Allu Arjun’s show. He shines in his portrayal of a rough character that appears hard on the surface but is actually vulnerable in ways that others don’t notice. Allu Arjun’s supporters may be relieved to see him for a few seconds dance in numbers such as Saami Saami and Eyy Bidda Idhi Naa Adda, but he truly shines when he tussles for power with Peter Hein, Ram-Laxman choreographing some fantastic fight scenes, or when he brushes off being called a coolie oda because he knows he’s better than whatever others pigeonhole him as. Apart from the accent he spent hours perfecting, when he shoulders a film as huge as this one, he gets to show off his acting abilities, as well.
Trailer Pushpa: The Rise
Pushpa : The Rise has promise when it comes to tying up loose ends and setting the stage for Pushpa 2. Despite its faults, the movie makes you want to learn more. Just to see if Fahadh and Allu Arjun can set the theatre on fire together.