In this Pushpa review, I’ll try to give a brief insight into the movie. I’ll start by describing the story’s premise. In this movie, a young man is raised in a gang, and he soon falls in love with a girl named Srivalli (Rashmika Mandanna). Unfortunately, his love life doesn’t go as planned. But in spite of everything, Pushpa is still human. He has a softer side too.
Pushpa Movie Plot
In the 1990s, laborer Pushpa Raj and his sidekick Keshava decide to smuggle red sandalwood, a highly sought-after exotic wood that only grows in the Seshachalam Hills of the Chittoor region in Andhra Pradesh. Pushpa hides it, is captured, and is severely beaten for disclosing the location of the wood when DSP Govindappa and his crew invade the forest to capture the coolies and seize the stock. Pushpa eventually rises through the ranks by suggesting creative ways to smuggle the stock, earning Konda Reddy’s trust and becoming his partner while at the same time receiving resentment from Konda Reddy’s youngest brother Jolly Reddy. Pushpa’s employer, smuggler Konda Reddy, and his brothers bail him out for the stock’s location.
Managalam Srinu, Konda Reddy’s boss and a powerful criminal known for his brutality and persecution, is in charge of the syndicate and entrusts Konda Reddy with protecting 200 tons of his contraband from the Police Department. Pushpa is given the same responsibilities as Jolly Reddy since he is deemed unfit for them. Jolly Reddy purposefully causes a delay in the export of wood, leaving Pushpa confused while Govindappa prepares to invade the location. Pushpa dumps all the logs into a nearby river, Keshava pays off the dam’s chief engineer to shut the gates, stopping the logs from flowing, and Govindappa makes no money from the second raid. On this special day, Srinu throws a party. During the celebration, Pushpa overhears two people discussing Srinu’s scams and learns that he sells wood for considerably more than what his customers are willing to pay. He tells Konda Reddy about it and advises him to demand a fair portion from Srinu, but he gives up when he realizes it would be risky to oppose the powerful Srinu.
Pushpa Movie Cast
- Allu Arjun
- Rashmika Mandanna
- Fahadh Faasil
- Jagadeesh Prathap Bandari
- Rao Ramesh
- Anasuya Bharadwaj
- Ajay Ghosh
- Pavani Karanam
- Mime Gopi
- Dayanand Reddy
- Raj Tirandasu
- Samantha Ruth Prabhu
In the meantime, Pushpa develops feelings for Srivalli, a courageous and outspoken milk vendor who is the daughter of coolie Muniratnam, a smuggler like Pushpa. Eventually, an engagement is set up for the two of them. Because Pushpa was born out of wedlock to his father and mother Parvatamma, who are not officially married, Pushpa’s elder half-brother Mohan causes a commotion during the ceremony and accuses him of using their father’s name to fix his marriage with Srivalli. Parvatamma is hurt during the altercation, and Pushpa is inspired to become a powerful figure by her suffering. Pushpa rebels, travels to Chennai, and strikes a contract with the client Murugan for 1.5 crores per tonne, which Konda Reddy and Pushpa agree to split equally. He smuggles the wood directly to Chennai skipping Srinu and later visits the latter demanding a bigger payment than what is paid. While smuggling the wood, Govindappa detains Muniratnam and accuses him of being a mole. When Jolly Reddy, who has feelings for Srivalli, finds out about Muniratnam’s trick, he holds her father hostage and blackmails her into sleeping with him. “Sadak 2 Movie Review”
During the film, Pushpa meets Srinu’s father, a man named Bammardhi. The encounter with Srinu and Pushpa ends with an epic battle, with Pushpa saving his father and a gangster named Bhanwar Singh Shekhawat. The film also features a great amount of violence, with many scenes of gunfire, violence, and bloodshed.
As far as the film’s story goes, it’s solid, although it could use some trimming. The second half, particularly, moves at a snail’s pace. But despite the movie’s mediocre plot and stellar performances, it’s worth checking out, if only for Allu Arjun’s stellar performance. If you haven’t seen Pushpa yet, you’re missing out on an enjoyable experience.
While Sukumar follows a standard formula to portray the journey of a beggar to a crowned king, he does a good job at composing his characters and giving the story depth. The film has a long runtime, and it squeezes the audience with a number of unexpected scenes. Overall, this is an admirable debut for Allu Arjun, but there are some rough spots to work out.
The film’s weaker points come in the second half, but these moments are few and far between. Although it is possible that allu Arjun’s character was meant to be the star of the film, the script is lacking in realism. The film’s climax is far too rushed to feel like a climax, and it’s not at all funny. The ending, however, does make a strong emotional impact on the audience.
The film is mostly enjoyable for the cast and director. Sukumar has a knack for making a movie that entertains a mass audience. Despite the film’s slow pace, the cinematography and production values are impressive. While the background score was decent, the film’s editing and VFX work were lacking. But despite these flaws, it’s a worthy movie.
While it may have a low IQ, it does have strong emotional punch. Allu Arjun’s character, Pushpa, is a woodcutter. He fights off rivals to win a prize, and his ego is a huge part of the film’s appeal. And Rashmika Mandanna and Fahadh Faasil make their Telugu debuts.
In Pushpa, Allu Arjun is a successful commercial and critical hit. His first pan-Indian project, he is an instant sensation, as his Hindi dubbed films were popular in the Hindi speaking belt. This film gave him an even bigger stage and solidified his status as a star. But there’s more to the story. We’ll discuss that story in detail in another article.