Pushpa : The Rise Movie Review
- Movie: Pushpa
- Cast: Allu Arjun, Rashmika Mandanna, Fahadh Faasil, Sunil, Anasuya, Rao Ramesh, Dhanunjay, Ajay, Ajay Ghosh and others
- Written and directed by: Sukumar
Pushpa Raj (Allu Arjun) is one of Seshachalam’s many coolies who unlawfully cut down red sandalwood and sell it by the kilo to the powers-that-be. Pushpa progressively finds his footing in a syndicate with many participants, rising through the ranks until the man who used to chop down these trees is now the one giving the orders. His Achilles heel, however, is not Srivalli (Rashmika Mandanna), nor are the big-wigs Konda Reddy (Ajay Ghosh), Jolly Reddy (Dhananjay), Mangalam Srinu (Sunil), or his wife Dakshayani (Anasuya Baradwaj). It is the fact that his brother (Ajay) won’t allow him claim his heritage, something that drives Pushpa from zero to hundred in no time and often becomes the reason for this laid-back, caustic, arrogant, even hilarious man to lose his cool.
The story of Pushpa: The Rise is based on a common theme in cinema: the rise of the underdog. So there’s nothing new for Sukumar to discover here. What’s different is the way he chooses to develop the tale by spending time establishing Pushpa’s character over the course of a three-hour film before diving into the action. And this decision may not sit well with everyone because, despite the hype, that is essentially what this film is about. Pushpa may have made a lot of enemies, but none of them seem to be a match for his unyielding character, that is, until Shekawat arrives in town.
In several sequences, the visual effects, graphic direction, editing, and sound design are also lacking. The team behind Pushpa: The Rise did not hide the fact that they were pressed for time to complete the film, and it shows in the cracks. Given the already excessive run-time, the technical faults serve to highlight the flaws even more. For the most part, Pushpa: The Rise impresses in terms of casting, direction, cinematography, costumes, and music.
Mirosaw Kuba Broek, the cinematographer, and Sukumar, the director, appear to have discovered the right groove for this film, complementing one other’s work.
The outfits of Pushpa’s persona change depending on his position in the world. Rashmika also feels out of place in a testosterone-fueled film. On the other side, Anasuya has a scene with Sunil that indicates she belongs in this world. To no one’s surprise, Samantha’s cameo in Oo Antava Oo Oo Antava evokes whistles.
Pushpa Review : Conclusion
After all said and done, Pushpa: The Rise is entirely Allu Arjun’s show. He shines as a rugged figure who is tough on the outside but fragile in ways that others don’t notice.