Pushpa: The Rise is a 2021 Indian Telugu-language action drama film written and directed by Sukumar. It stars Allu Arjun as the title character alongside Fahadh Faasil (in his Telugu debut) and Rashmika Mandanna. The film revolves around the rise of a coolie named Pushpa Raj in the smuggling syndicate of red sandalwood, a rare wood that grows only in the Seshachalam Hills of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh state. Here are some key details about the film: Plot: Pushpa Raj, a coolie, volunteers to smuggle red sanders with novel ideas. He quickly becomes the leader of the red sanders smuggling network. Cast: Alongside Allu Arjun, Fahadh Faasil, and Rashmika Mandanna, the film features supporting roles by Jagadeesh Prathap Bandari, Sunil, Raj Tirandasu, Rao Ramesh, Dhananjaya, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Ajay, and Ajay Ghosh. Production: The film began production in December 2019 but was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming resumed in November 2020 and concluded in November 2021. Release: Pushpa: The Rise was released on December 17, 2021123. Reception: The film received mixed reviews from critics, praising performances, action choreography, cinematography, direction, dialogues, and soundtrack. However, some critics criticized the runtime, screenplay, and editing. Despite this, it was commercially successful, grossing ₹360 crore to ₹373 crore at the box office