Pushpa: The Rise – Part 1 by Allu Arjun and Rashmika Mandanna is a complete package of story, romance, comedy, mass scenes, and good direction. Sukumar has struck the right chords with the film's backdrop and tone. With his acting and dialogue delivery, Allu Arjun clearly carries the film throughout. His transformation for the role is admirable, and his efforts are rewarded in the film. Check our in-depth Pushpa The Rise review.
There are some typical Allu Arjun scenes sprinkled throughout the film, and it is a sheer delight for his fans to watch the 'Icon' star walk and perform his action in slow motion with just the right amount of massy elements added to the scenes.
Rashmika, too, lives up to expectations in some ways. She does what is required of her and even looks good in the "de-glam" look. Her character, Srivalli, adds much-needed levity to the film and complements Allu Arjun in the right way.
In terms of action sequences, if Rohit Shetty can make cars fly, Sukumar has taken things a step further by having trucks fly in slow-motion sequences. Leaving aside the exaggeration, Allu Arjun has once again wowed with his action sequences in this film.
His action sequences, complete with powerful performances and punch lines, are bound to elicit wild reactions from the audience. And when that happens on the big screen, the audience simply cannot remain calm.
The story and narration are a little fast-paced and could have been slowed down, but that is understandable given the length of the film. The narrative escalates in the second half of the film to show the bigger picture of the smuggling industry and is filled with action-packed sequences. What is missing, however, is how the smugglers avoid or deceive the police, which is the usual basic expectation when it comes to such films.
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Devi Sri Prasad has delivered yet another musical hit. All of the songs are catchy and add to the overall feel of the film. The song picturization is colorful and full of swag moments for Allu Arjun's fans to enjoy. Samantha has also performed well in her much-touted item song.
Fahadh Faasil's appearance near the end of the film only adds to the film's overall quality. Though not as flashy as Allu Arjun, Fahad's entrance, dialogues, and punch lines are powerful.
After Fahad enters the frame, the film takes a different turn, and it's all about Allu Arjun and Fahad until the end. Overall, the film is a mass-appealing entertainer with a decent plot that is tailor-made for Allu Arjun's fans.