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New Delhi, Dec 19 : The Hindi dubbed version of Allu Arjun’s action-thriller “Pushpa: The Rise” opened to good audience reception in India and abroad.
Directed by Sukumar, the film follows the lives of red sandalwood smugglers in the Seshachalam Hills of the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh. “Pushpa” is about the story of a man who starts as a labourer in the red sandalwood smuggling den and later becomes one of the most influential members of the syndicate.
Music has been composed by Devi Sri Prasad.
The first part, “Pushpa: The Rise” released in theatres on December 17 in multiple languages. The second part has been titled “Pushpa 2 – The Rule”, and is set for 2022 release.
The film features Allu Arjun, Rashmika Mandanna and Fahadh Faasil in lead roles.
Samantha has done a sensuous number for the film. The song shoot was wrapped up in late November in Hyderabad.
Jagapathi Babu, Prakash Raj, Dhananjay, Sunil, Anasuya Bharadwaj and Harish Uthaman play supporting roles in the film.
Allu Arjun who was in Mumbai on the eve of the film’s release to meet the media, on being asked about comparisons between his character Pushpa Raj in the film and superstar Rajinikant, said he has been influenced by Rajinikant’s acting.
“I’ve always looked up to Rajinikant sir, always been a huge fan of him….I’ve been watching his films since I was very small. …A lot of my mannerisms and body language are inspired from him, and in this film, the inspiration is much more.”
The global rights to “Pushpa” including its film, OTT, satellite and audio rights were sold for an estimated Rs. 250 crores, according to reports.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh, in tweets, termed the movie power packed, though he gave it a medium rating.
“#Pushpa is #AlluArjun show all the way. Delivers an award-worthy, knockout performance… Fantastic first half… Gripping second hour, but could’ve done with trimming… DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THIS FILM. #PushpaReview,” he posted.
“Direction, performances, music, background music, dances and action are high points,” he said.
“#Pushpa #Hindi springs a surprise on Day 1… Gathers speed at single screens, multiplexes decent… Despite limited shows/screens + minimal promotions + #SpiderMan juggernaut + 50% occupancy in biggest market [#Maharashtra]… Will get stronger on Day 2… Fri ₹ 3 cr. #India biz.”
The movie is doing well in Australia too.
“‘PUSHPA’ STORMS AUSTRALIA… #Pushpa has embarked on one of the biggest starts [#Indian film] in #Australia… Debuts at No. 7… Fri A$ 168,134 [₹ 91.11 lacs]… MASSIVE!,” Adarsh said.