RTHReviews: Pushpa – The Rise (Part 1)

RTHReviews: Pushpa – The Rise (Part 1)

There are quite a few performances where you cannot identify the actor anymore, and all you can see is the character in the film… And Allu Arjun does just that in Pushpa: The Rise.

Right from the first moment he enters the frame, until the end of the film, you simply cannot take your eyes off him, what a gripping performance. Whether it’s his one-sided dripping shoulder look or his attitude or his style, Allu Arjun is all swag in the film.

Where the entire film’s casting and their performance was on point and pretty much adds to the intensity and the tension in the film, one of the important factors in the film remains the storyline, which may seem so basic from a macro lens, but there’s so much happening in the three-hour duration, you never know where did all that time go. The cinematography of the film also adds to that aspect, with some really good frames and the slow-motion shots that gave the scenes the gravitas they needed.

Each of the cast members had something to add to the storyline, but one of the individuals who stood out with his performance was Fahadh Faasil, for the little time he was on screen, he was just magnificent in that role and the duo (him along with Allu Arjun) was just fiery.

Where this was simply just the first part of the series, it didn’t feel incomplete nor did it leave the audience hanging at any point in time. Pushpa: The Rise (Part 1) is brilliant, and I just cannot wait for that second part to be released soon.

My Top Songs/ Movies/ Shows and more of 2021

My Top Songs/ Movies/ Shows and more of 2021

As 2021 comes to an end and having watched a ton of movies and shows, plus listening to music and podcasts, this is a list of, according to me, my top songs, movies, shows, podcasts of 2021.

Here we go…

Top 5 Malayalam Films of 2021 –

1. Drishyam 2
2. Joji
3. Nayattu
4. Kurup
5. Malik

Top 5 Tamil Films of 2021 –

1. Master
2. Maara
3. Jai Bhim
4. Karnan
5. Sarpatta Parambarai

Top 5 Hindi Films of 2021 –

1. Shershaah
2. Sardar Udham
3. Sherni
4. Sandeep aur Pinky Faraar
5. Sooryavanshi

Top 5 Telugu Films of 2021 –

1. Most Eligible Bachelor
2. Love Story
3. CinemaBandi
4. Thimmarusu
5. Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo (2020)

Top 10 English Films of 2021 –

1. Zack Snyder’s Justice League
2. The Mauritanian
3. Pig
4. The Harder they Fall
6. King Richard
7. Don’t Look Up
8. tick, tick… BOOM
9. Belfast
10. Spiderman: No Way Home

Top 10 Indian Songs of 2021 –

1. Kutti Story [Master] (Tamil)
2. Lagan Laagi Re [Songs of Love – Amit Trivedi] (Hindi)
3. Raataan Lambiyan [Shershaah] (Hindi)
4. Leharaayi [Most Eligible Bachelor] (Telugu)
5. Nenjame [Doctor] (Tamil)
6. Saranga Dariya [Love Story] (Telugu)
7. Rang Lageya (Hindi)
8. Lut Gaye (Hindi)
9. Aashiqui Aa Gayi [Radhe Shyam] (Hindi version)
10. Theerame [Malik] (Malayalam)

Top 10 International Songs of 2021 –

1. Amaraya (Lucky Ali x Botzer)
2. The World We Left Behind (KSHMR x Karra)
3. Astronaut in the Ocean (Masked Wolf)
4. Anita (Armin van Buuren x Timmy Trumpet)
5. Gone Are The Days (Kygo x James Gillespie)
6. Cadillac (Morgenshtern x Eldzhey)
7. Sorry (Alan Walker x ISAK)
8. Follow You (Imagine Dragons)
9. On The Way (Russ)
10. Sideways (Illenium x Valerie Broussard x Nurko)

Soundtrack Album of the Year – Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Top 5 Indian TV Shows of 2021 –

1. TVF’s Aspirants
2. Ray
3. Aarya 2
4. Potluck
5. Jeet ki Zid

Top 10 International Shows of 2021 –

1. Schitt’s Creek
2. Cobra Kai
3. Only Murders in the Building
4. Succession S3
5. Mare of Easttown
6. Dave
7. The White Lotus
8. Down to Earth with Zac Efron
9. Midnight Mass
10. What We Do in the Shadows

Top 10 Podcasts of 2021 –

1. My First Million
2. Sway/ Pivot
3. Armchair Expert
4. HBO’s Succession Podcast
5. Naan Curry
6. Renegades: Born in the USA
7. The Ranveer Show
8. Cyrus Says
9. Variety Awards Circuit
10. The Big Shots – Dosa King

Top 5 Performances of the Year –

1. Fahadh Faasil (Joji/ Malik)
2. Sushmita Sen (Aarya 2)
3. Andrew Garfield (tick, tick… BOOM)
4. Vicky Kaushal (Sardar Udham)
5. Nicolas Cage (Pig)

RTHReviews : Malik

RTHReviews : Malik

I have seen a few of Fahadh Faasil’s films and everytime he impresses you with something extraordinary. His acting prowess is at another level, such an underrated gem. 💎

And what to say about Malayalam cinema? Their storytelling, their courage to delve into those stories is simply fascinating… Mix that aspect with the amazing cinematography of this film and the background music, Malik is a gem one shouldn’t miss.

The film wouldn’t have felt the same without that cast who were just brilliant, all of them shine together in this film, without any one person having the spotlight (another brilliant aspect of this genre).

You’ve got a gangster-drama on your hands, with the angle of politics, religion and how the two intertwine, especially when there’s an agenda behind everything… Where did those two and a half hours go, this film is a brilliant brilliant watch.