Pushpa: The Rise is a film written and directed by Sukumar and produced by Mythri Movie Makers associated with Muttamsetty Media. It features Allu Arjun and Rashmika Mandanna in the lead roles, while Fahadh Faasil, Sunil, Rao Ramesh, and others play crucial supporting roles. Samantha also makes a special appearance in a song. It has music by Devi Sri Prasad and cinematography by Miroslaw Kuba Brozek.

Pushpa: The Rise is the first part of a two-film series that captures the growth of Pushpa (Allu Arjun) from a simple coolie who smuggles sandalwood for Konda Reddy to becoming someone as powerful as them, and finally ending up as the biggest force to reckon in his town. He finds his match in Bhanwar Singh Shekhawat, played by Fahadh Faasil, setting up a mouthwatering clash in the second part.

Director Sukumar is known for his brilliant packaging of solid stories. The way he converts even the normal levels into a proper commercial flick has been his strength for years. However, that Midas touch seems to be missing in this film. Many things look generic, and there are plenty of loose ends in the plot.

In the cult gangster film Vikram Vedha, there is a dialogue uttered by Madhavan – “All you gangsters have the same story. You suffer as a kid but then somehow work hard to grow up as a gangster.” That’s exactly the template Pushpa fits. And this makes the film extremely predictable.

The performances of the actors are what salvages what is lost. Allu Arjun is terrific as Pushpa, and he nails the Chittoor Telugu accent effortlessly, and the Tamil dialogues are also authentic. Despite having very small screentime, Fahadh Faasil proves why he’s among the top actors in the country. Rashmika’s character doesn’t have much scope, but she’s given a decent performance in the space offered to her.

The mass scenes in the film are well written, and the dialogues are sure to drive Allu Arjun fans crazy. It’s not just the actor waving at his fans but the way the scenes pan out that does the job. The case would have been different if this were an OTT release, but smart directorial and writing choices ensure these mass theatre moments are worth it.

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