Pushpa: The Rise Review – Not Flower, Fire Indeed

Pushpa: The Rise Review – Not Flower, Fire Indeed

Release date: December 17, 2021 (India)
Director: Sukumar
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cast: Allu Arjun, Rashmika Mandanna, Fahadh Fasil, Jagadeesh and many more
Produced by: Naveen Yerneni; Y. Ravi Shankar
Production companies: Mythri Movie Makers; Muttamsetty Media


Plot: Pushpa Raj is a coolie who makes a name for himself in the field of red sandalwood smuggling. He ends up creating a few enemies along the road.


Allu Arjun is back with Pushpa: The Rise, his follow-up to the critically acclaimed Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo. Sukumar’s film will be released in three parts. Pushpa tells the narrative of Pushpa Raj (Allu Arjun), a day labourer who stumbles across an opportunity to get into red sandalwood smuggling.


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My Review: 

Pushpa Raj is a sharp thinker who can come up with solutions to problems. This trait allows him to rise to the top of the red sandalwood smuggling syndicate. The rest of the tale is around Pushpa Raj’s ascension up the hierarchy and how he makes enemies along the way.

Pushpa is essentially a mobster thriller with a subplot involving red sandalwood smuggling. Pushpa, on the other hand, has enough weight to keep you interested in the plot. That is, thanks to Allu Arjun’s engrossing performance.

Pushpa, Allu Arjun’s character, is given a few personality quirks, such as his swag and the way he elevates his left shoulder. He really nailed this character without letting those who are watching question that shoulder lift coming in the way of all the mass scenes. It was permanent. AA was so consistent in this! Allu Arjun has entirely submitted to Sukumar, and it is evident in every shot. From the delivery of his words to the portrayal of his various emotions, he has given one of his greatest performances. We can say it is AA’s career best film!


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Pushpa Raj, an outcast, he is the protagonist of the film. Pushpa, who was born out of wedlock, is deprived respect and stripped of his identity at an early age. In the mountainous village of Seshachalam, his name is now worthless. Pushpa, driven by this humiliation, promises that his name will signify something even without the backing of his father’s family.

With his great performance, Allu Arjun wins the film. Sunil’s Mangalam Srinu, among the other actors, has given an outstanding performance. From leading the syndicate to demanding respect from his colleagues, he has readily caught the attention of the public, even amid a slew of performers.

In the final half-hour of the film, Fahadh Faasil’s character Bhanwar Singh Shekhawat is introduced. He just shoots people left, right, and centre while giving menacing stares. Though Fahadh Faasil excels in this part, his character lacks the depth to be THE nemesis that we anticipate him to be. But let’s wait and watch the Part 2! It would be worth the watch.

Now, Samantha’s item number, Oo Antava (Oo Solriya in Tamil). More than anything else, half of the audience came to see Samantha’s beautiful dance routines. The song went viral and garnered so much attention on Tiktok and IG reels! She simply did nail it tbh. Her sequences with AA were really too hot too handle!


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Pushpa: The Rise is memorable for two reasons: Allu Arjun’s acting and Devi Sri Prasad’s electrifying score. DSP has done an outstanding job as a composer, from his songs to the background music. The BGMs are fantastic, perfectly complementing AA’s massive screen presence!! The songs have also worked well in both Telugu and Tamil languages!

The three-hour-long Pushpa: The Rise concludes on a strong note. It does, however, raise the issue of whether the second portion, dubbed Pushpa: The Rule, will have enough substance to keep our interest for two hours or more. At times, I thought the film was a little draggy. Some moments were redundant, making us question why the same things were appearing again, but AA easily overshadowed everything. All I can think of is:  “Pushpaaa, pushpa raaaj… Thaggedhe le !!! “

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