Banner: Mythri filmmakers
Form: Allu Arjun, Rashmika Mandanna, Fahadh Faasil, Sunil, Anasuya, Rao Ramesh, Dhanunjay, Ajay, Ajay Ghosh and others.
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Miroslaw Kuba Brozek
Editor: Karthika Srinivas, Ruben
Producer: Naveen Yerneni, Y Ravi Shankar
Written and directed by: Sukumara
Publication date: December 17, 2021
‘Pushpa’ by Allu Arjun and director Sukumar has been causing a stir since the first version of the film was released. The pan-Indian film is hitting theaters today with high expectations and frenzy.
Pushpa Raj (Pushpa) has no last name. He lives in the Seshachalam forest in Andhra Pradesh. He starts out as a coolie smuggling red sandalwood and gains the trust of the syndicate led by the Kondareddy brothers (Ajay Ghosh and others).
The main boss of the syndicate is Mangalam Seenu (Sunil), who earns millions of rupees by transporting the wood to Chennai and giving peanuts to Kondareddy and other members of the syndicate. Pushpa challenges Mangalam Seenu and becomes a new don.
When everyone thinks he’s the new ‘boss’ of the smuggling trade, police officer Shekhawat (Fahadh Faasil) steps in.
Performances by artists:
Allu Arjun has delivered an exceptional performance as Pushpa Raj. His transformation of the body is perfect. His dialogue with the Chittoor dialect is perfect. From start to finish, the movie is his show all the way. The performance will be one of the best of his career.
Among other actors (there are numerous characters) does not leave any impression.
Rashmika Mandanna as the village bell gets her accent well and is sincere in her attempt. But her role is predictable to the core. The romantic scenes between them have caused some laughs, but they are too clichéd.
Sunil as the villain gets a great makeover, but his role is also completely ineffective. Anasuya’s presence doesn’t make any difference. The guy who played Keshava is okay. So are Ajay Ghosh and Kannada star Dhanunjay. Samantha hisses in the item number, but the number is short.
Fahadh Faasil, one of the best star actors working in India today comes into the picture late. He makes his presence felt.
Cinematography and production values stand out in this film. Miroslaw Kuba Brozek’s camera work is excellent. He captured the forest sequences so well. He also shot some action episodes aesthetically. The film has rich production values throughout.
Devi Sri Prasad has given viral songs but he disappoints us with background music. There seems to be a problem with the sound quality. Dialogues in Chittoor slang are good.
The great achievement of Allu Arjun
Lack of strong villain(s)
After delivering a blockbuster like ‘Rangasthalam’, director Sukumar has once again chosen a set that has not been explored much on screen. The smuggling of red sandalwood is a major problem in Chittoor. But in Telugu not many movies have been made against this background. Sukumar has focused on this background in “Pushpa” by creating the protagonist as a coolie in this smuggling business.
He has chosen a background of the Seshachalam forest to tell the story of the rise of a coolie in the smuggling trade and created a world with peculiar characters, but the graphics are quite familiar.
Looking at the screenplay, director Sukumar is not in the best shape here. In the beginning we see the fight between Pushpa and a police officer. The duty police officer fails as expected and leaves the place. Then we see a lot of build-up for Sunil and Ajay Ghosh’s characters. But they turn out to be weak villains. All the rivals for Pushpa – a duty police officer, Sunil, Ajay Ghosh and Dhananjay, seem to fill the drama until he comes face to face with his nemesis IPS officer Shekhawat (Fahadh Faasil).
Shekhawat appears 20 minutes before the climax. So the whole movie looks like preparing the ground for the second part. Perhaps the decision to split the story into two parts and extend the film to nearly 3 hours is not a wise choice.
The pre-interval sequence of the hero’s cleverness in the smuggling industry is one of the main highlights. Likewise, we see a long episode for the “Hey Bidda” song, which is riveting. Fahadh’s humiliating Allu Arjun is also a sign of Sukumar’s direction.
Despite these moments, the film doesn’t captivate much in the second half. The songs of Devi Sri Prasad are huge hits. But they lack the same impact on the screen. The much-hyped item number also comes in the first half and goes out quickly.
All in all, “Pushpa” belongs entirely to Allu Arjun and his commendable performance. Director Sukumar has made his mark in many places, but he hasn’t woven it waterproof, making it a pretty predictable rise of a don’s story.
Bottom line: Need more fire
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