‘Pushpa 2’ Will Be A Different Experience Altogether – Director Sukumar


Allu Arjun – Sukumar’s third collaboration ‘Pushpa: The Rise’, The Part 1 in 2 Part series of Pushpa was released worldwide in theatres on December 17 in multiple languages. Director Sukumar talks about the film, its characterizations, and Pushpa 2

About Post-Production Work

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It was a herculean task to complete the post-production works of the film in five languages in 25 days. We didn’t have proper time for dubbing portions. I agreed to release the movie on December 17 only because of the uncertainty with respect to the pandemic. The producers had invested huge amounts. They told me I can target a February 2022 release if it’s impossible. I didn’t want to take any chances because we already faced many hiccups during the production part.

About Backdrop

The backdrop of ‘Pushpa’ could have been bootlegging or something. But I chose red sanders smuggling as the backdrop because it is a high-stakes premise. It took me more than six months to research the subject. The original plan was to make it into a web series. Its span was deepened after I found it stimulating.

About ‘Theggede Le’

‘Theggede Le’ was needed to deliver impact. We remember the ‘Mokke kada ani peekesthe’ punchline from ‘Indra’ to this day.

About Comparison With KGF

‘KGF’ had a huge backdrop. ‘Pushpa’ has an emotional backdrop. This is a new kind of commercial cinema. You can’t compare two films. They are unrelated in terms of the genres as well.

About Response

I have come to know that, despite the competition from ‘Spider-Man’, our film has created a record in Nizam territory. In Hindi, we didn’t do adequate publicity due to time constraints. SS Rajamouli garu kept pushing me to do publicity. I told him my film is not a ‘RRR’ or a ‘KGF’. He said that if I believe that it’s a pan-India film, it will be one. Rs 4 Cr is what our film has made in North India (Hindi version) on Day 1. Bunny is quite popular among the Hindi audience. His popularity has fetched the film this kind of market.

About Rural Backdrop

I lived in a village for 30 years. I come from a rural background. Where would that awareness go? That’s why I could make a film like ‘Rangasthalam’ and this one. I don’t have to imagine how houses look in a village, how people behave there.

About Samantha’s Item Song

Samantha did hesitate to do the special song initially. But I convinced her, saying that star actresses have been doing it. Pooja Hegde did one in ‘Rangasthalam’. I convinced her that she would look great. She said ‘no’ again. I later called her and requested her to trust me.

About Pushpa Mannerism

Pushpa doesn’t have any disability. He doesn’t put the ‘gooni’ type posture because of any defect. It’s a mannerism. I used to be like that when I was young.

About Working Experience

After every film, I get into ‘smashana vairagyam’ mode. I feel exhausted and would feel like calling it quits. Doing a film like ‘Pushpa’ can be both emotionally and physically tiring.

About Childhood

I had a comfortable childhood. I never went through struggles, unlike my father. All my problems have been after becoming a filmmaker (in terms of challenges faced in making movies).

About Doing Love stories

I like love stories and the chemistry between lovers. But, with age, I am not inclined to make romantic comedies as much as before.

About Reading

I haven’t been reading novels since 2004. During the pandemic, I have read a couple of novels. My focus got shifted to a web series (which didn’t go through).

About Pushpa – Part 2

The second part of the film will explore Pushpa’s childhood, his emotional scenes with his father, his half-siblings, etc. The main story is in ‘Pushpa 2’. The film will not be about the don Pushpa. It will be about red sanders more. Prakash Raj and Jagapathi Babu are not part of the cast even in the second part. There might be an additional character but mostly, only the existing characters will be retained. ‘Pushpa 2’ will be a different experience altogether. I am very confident. The characters played by Anasuya and Sunil will have a very good stretch in the second part. Since the script is ready, it is likely to be completed in time. The film will be released either for Dasara or in December 2022.



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