Kushi Movie Review by CWM
Starring: Vijay Deverakonda, Samantha, Jayaram, Sachin Khedakar, Murali Sharma, Lakshmi, Ali, Rohini Molleti, Vennela Kishore, Rahul Ramakrishna, Srikanth Iyenger, and Saranya Pradeep
Director: Shiva Nirvana
Producers: Naveen Yerneni, Ravi Shankar
Music Director: Hesham Abdul Wahab
Cinematographer: G. Murali
Editor: Prawin Pudi
“Kushi” has been creating quite a buzz, primarily due to its enchanting music. Starring the talented Samantha and Vijay Deverakonda, the film received extensive promotion before its release. Directed by Shiva Nirvana, known for his heartwarming movies like “Ninnu Kori” and “Majili,” let’s dive into how this romantic comedy fares now that it’s hit the screens.
The story revolves around Viplav (Vijay Deverakonda), a BSNL employee, who instantly falls in love with Aaradhya (Samantha) at first sight. However, to evade Viplav’s attention, Aaradhya pretends to be a Muslim from Pakistan. Eventually, Aaradhya starts developing feelings for Viplav and reveals that she hails from a traditional Brahmin household. Unbeknownst to them, their fathers, Chadarangam Srinivasa Rao (Murali Sharma) and Lenin Satyam (Sachin Khedekar), are sworn enemies. Against their parents’ wishes, Viplav and Aaradhya get married, but their marriage encounters unexpected challenges. The core of the story revolves around how they navigate these hurdles.
Kushi – Pros:
“Kushi” doesn’t introduce groundbreaking concepts but rather delves into the common issues that arise in relationships. In the second half, these issues are presented humorously, and the film benefits from engaging visuals and enjoyable music.
The sequences between the main couple in the final hour are a highlight and will resonate with family audiences. Despite not being entirely original, these scenes are well-executed. Vijay Deverakonda delivers a standout performance as Viplav, effortlessly embodying his character’s mass appeal and specific nuances. His charisma shines throughout the film, both in pivotal scenes and through his humor.
Samantha looks stunning in “Kushi” and delivers a skilled performance. She shares great chemistry with Vijay Deverakonda, making emotional scenes appear effortless. The entertainment value is decent, and the emotions in the last hour are effectively conveyed. Supporting actors Sharanya, Murali Sharma, Rohini, Sharanya Pradeep, Sachin Khedekar, and Rahul Ramakrishna all perform admirably.
Kushi – Cons:
As the movie progresses, it becomes somewhat predictable, diminishing its overall impact. The predictability can occasionally hinder the viewing experience. The handling of the Kerala incident could have been more skillful.
The editing team could have trimmed a few moments, as the film’s length feels somewhat excessive. In particular, the Kashmir segments could have been shortened, as they tend to drag on. The film’s pacing isn’t consistently strong in the first half but picks up during the pre-intermission sequence. Director Shiva Nirvana had mentioned the film’s focus on a delicate subject during its promotion, but this element doesn’t bring much uniqueness, having been explored in previous films.
One of the highlights of “Kushi” is the exceptional music by Hesham Abdul Wahab. The songs are outstanding, and director Murali has captured them in captivating ways. The detailed cinematography enhances the overall viewing experience. The production values, thanks to Mythri movie makers, remain top-notch. However, there is room for improvement in the editing department.
Director Shiva Nirvana has done a commendable job with “Kushi.” He effectively utilizes his distinctive storytelling style to explore relatable themes that resonate with married couples. “Kushi” aligns with his previous works, which also focus on everyday issues. The film benefits from a strong technical team and excellent casting.
“Kushi” is an enjoyable romantic comedy with a particularly strong second half. The film’s main plot unfolds in its final act, filled with intense drama and heartfelt emotions. Samantha and Vijay Deverakonda deliver captivating performances, and the supporting cast shines as well. While the movie’s opening scenes lack some luster, and its runtime could have been more concise, Shiva Nirvana has crafted a film that will resonate with family audiences. “Kushi” makes for an ideal weekend watch. Don’t miss it.
Rating for Kushi
CWM Rating: 3.75/5