One film that stormed the box office and became a rage this year was Pushpa: The Rise – Part 01. The Telugu action-drama emerged as the highest-grossing Indian film in 2021, and ranks among the highest-grossing Telugu films of all time. No wonder, the makers have already announced the second part titled Pushpa 2: The Rule and is scheduled to commence production in April 2022. Pushpa 1 stars actor Allu Arjun and depicts the rise of a coolie in the smuggling syndicate of red sanders, a rare wood that grows only in the Seshachalam Hills of Andhra Pradesh. The film was directed by Sukumar who made his directorial debut with Arya in 2004, whose success catapulted him to stardom. Sukumar won the Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu and Nandi Award for Best Screenplay Writer for his work in Arya. His other notable films include Jagadam (2007), Arya 2 (2009), 100% Love (2011), 1: Nenokkadine (2014), Nannaku Prematho (2016), Rangasthalam (2018). Sukumar is known for making emotional movies that strike a chord with all sections of the audience. He had set a new trend with Rangasthalam by making a racy rural movie.