- Duration: 2 hr 45 min
- Genre: Romance
- Release Date: 01-09-2023
- Vijay Deverakonda
- Murli Sharma
- Sachin Khedkar
- Vennela Kishore
- Rahul Ramakrishna
Direction: Shiva Nirvana Producer: Naveen Yerneni, Ravi Shankar Banner: Mythri Movie Makers Music: Hesham Abdul Wahab
Kushi Movie Review :
Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha’s Kushi Review
Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha team up for the romantic drama “Kushi,” directed by Shiva Nirvana. The stakes are high for this trio, as their previous films didn’t perform well at the box office. With chart-topping songs and a promising trailer, “Kushi” seems to offer a mix of romance, fun, and emotions. Let’s dive into the US Premiere review.
What’s the Story?
The story revolves around Viplav (played by Vijay Deverakonda), a BSNL employee who falls in love with Aradhya (Samantha) in Kashmir. Their love blossoms, but they soon discover that their marriage is almost impossible. Viplav is the son of the popular atheist Lenin Sathyam (Sachin Khedkar), while Aradhya is the daughter of his arch-rival, the famous Pravachanakartha Chadarangam Srinivasa Rao (Murli Sharma). “Kushi” follows their journey to marriage and explores the challenges they face in their married life.
Actors Shine in Their Roles
Samantha delivers a stellar performance, reminiscent of her early films. Vijay Deverakonda also impresses, with shades of his character from “Geetha Govindam.” The chemistry between Vijay and Samantha stands out, even though the story has its flaws. Supporting actors, including Murli Sharma and Sachin Khedkar, play their parts well. However, Rohini and Jayaram’s roles seem somewhat routine. Veteran actress Lakshmi, Sharanya Pradeep, and Shatru do justice to their characters. Rahul Ramakrishna and Vennela Kishore provide comic relief, although the comedy only works in parts.
Visuals and Music Shine
“Kushi” boasts stunning visuals, with extraordinary cinematography. The production values are commendable. All the melodies and the poignant song, except for the party track, are soothing. The Kashmir sequences in the first half are beautifully shot. The background music adds depth to the movie. However, beyond the performances, the overall plot of “Kushi” struggles to connect various elements. The dialogues are decent.
A Mixed Bag of Themes
“Kushi” treads a familiar path, exploring the challenges faced by a couple who elope and get married. However, it introduces additional elements like the characters’ beliefs in God. The first half is filled with romantic moments in Kashmir, offering breathtaking visuals and memorable songs. However, the story’s slow pacing leaves the audience waiting for the actual plot to unfold before the interval. Vennela Kishore’s comedy manages to evoke laughter in parts.
The second half takes a dramatic turn, focusing on family and emotions. Once again, the narrative moves at a leisurely pace, with several logical gaps. Emotions and comedy come to the rescue, with a hilarious reference to Vijay Deverakonda’s “Arjun Reddy.” Some extended comic sequences in the second half keep the audience entertained.
However, “Kushi” suffers from narrative inconsistencies and a lack of depth in many scenes. The ego clash between the lead couple’s fathers appears unjustified due to misunderstandings. Additionally, the impact of another couple revealing their past isn’t effectively portrayed.
In conclusion, “Kushi” explores themes of marriage, misunderstandings, and parental egos but only manages to succeed in parts. The film’s songs, visuals, and some comedy scenes make it a passable entertainer. “Kushi” earns a decent rating compared to the disappointing movies released recently, and its performance in smaller towns and centers remains to be seen.