Pushpa – The Rise and RRR, two big upcoming pan-Indian films from the Telugu industry, have announced their release dates. Pushpa is slated to hit theatres on December 17, 2021, while RRR will arrive on January 7, 2022.
Pushpa stars actors Allu Arjun and Rashmika Mandanna, as well as Fahadh Faasil in his Telugu debut. It will be shot in Malayalam and Telugu, and will also get a dubbed release in Tamil, Kannada, and Hindi. Directed by Sukumar and produced by Mythri Movie Makers, it is set against the backdrop of red sandalwood smuggling.
The film was shot in the forest areas of Maredumilli near Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh. Earlier, producer of the film Y Ravi Shankar, had confirmed to Silverscreen India that Pushpa will be released in two parts. He said, “We were discussing this since November 2020. We are pretty clear about what the film is right now and thought it would be a wise idea to release it in two parts. There is excellent content and since there is a lot to tell, we thought we could not do it in one go.” Srikanth Vissa, the dialogue writer of the film, had said in a separate interview with Silverscreen India that Allu Arjun will be sporting a Chittoor accent in Pushpa.
RRR aka Roudhram Ranam Rudhiram is helmed by SS Rajamouli. It was initially slated for release on October 13. Now arriving on January 7, RRR is a fictional account of freedom fighters Alluri Sitaramaraju, and Komaram Bheem played by Ram Charan and Junior NTR, respectively.
Rajamouli, who has not worked on a film since the Baahubali franchise, had launched RRR in 2018. At that time he had said that it would not be a biopic. “My film will not dwell on the stories of their rebellion that we already know. It will focus on what would have happened if they had met during their self-imposed exile and become friends.”
The film’s star cast includes Hindi actors Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn, Irish actor Alison Doody, Shriya Saran, Ray Stevenson, and Olivia Morris. Made on a budget of Rs 450 crore, RRR will be released in five languages – Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi. It marks the Telugu debut of both Bhatt and Devgn. As per the current schedule, it will release a day after Bhatt’s Hindi film Gangubai Kathiawadi.