"Pushparaju might very well be the most thinly-written main character in Sukumar's filmography. Pushpa is an antihero, anti-failure, and anti-learning things throughout his life." Very well said.
Considering Sukumar, I would rate script as 1. Story is poorly written and the priorities are badly focused.
For me, they should have focused on the sandalwood cartel, its complex layered working and how the hero rise with in the cartel to the top, instead the cartel was introduced only when the hero is on top. They should have started the movie by explaining how the cartel works, how the transport is challenging and how our hero solved them.
They wasted lot of stuff on telling people which they already know like uses/demand for sandalwood.
In one scene while the hero is looking for work, he come to know that there are two types of jobs - one pays RS100 and other risky one pay RS1000 - and our hero choose the risky one as he is brave. This writing looked silly to me, I mean hero is staying in a village close to forest, he is rebel and care free, how he did not know that this kind of business happens in their village.
Lastly, transporting the sandalwood in rivers is very well known and was repeated in lot of movies earlier. The writer wants us to appreciate the hero just because he used this technique.
They did not put enough efforts in writing or showing things newly, rather they showed all known stuff with great production values and some good performances.
No wonder the review is bland because the film has everything and at the same time it has nothing.
Sukumar is one of Telugu cinema's finest minds. His films have always had a special place in my heart. While they are never perfect, they are always interesting. His characters and worlds encourage an audience to absorb fresh perspectives.
The locale chosen for his newest foray is the Seshachalam forest. And the character whose perspective we see the world from is Keshava.
Keshava narrates the story of Pushparaju alias Pushpa (Allu Arjun), a daily labourer with an attitude and a chip on his shoulder the size of one of the sacred seven hills. Pushpa works a small-time ....