Rating : 3.25/5
In recent times, the film ‘Kushi‘ has generated tremendous hype, primarily due to its captivating songs. Starring Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha, this rom-com directed by Shiva Nirvana, known for delivering heartwarming films like ‘Majili’ and ‘Ninnu Kori,’ has finally hit the screens. Let’s dive into the story.
Viplav (Vijay Deverakonda), an employee at BSNL, falls head over heels for Aaradhya (Samantha) at first sight. However, Aaradhya pretends to be a Pakistani Muslim to deter Viplav’s advances. Eventually, she falls for him, revealing her conservative Brahmin background. Unbeknownst to them, their fathers, Lenin Satyam (Sachin Khedekar) and Chadarangam Srinivasa Rao (Murali Sharma), are sworn enemies. Against their parents’ wishes, Viplav and Aaradhya marry, but soon encounter unexpected challenges in their married life. The story unfolds as they navigate these hurdles.
While ‘Kushi’ doesn’t venture into groundbreaking territory, it skillfully explores common relationship issues in a light-hearted manner in the second half. The film’s emotional depth is complemented by its captivating music and stunning visuals.
Vijay Deverakonda’s portrayal of Viplav is outstanding, shedding his mass image to perfectly fit the character’s demands. Samantha shines in ‘Kushi,’ bringing a lovely and effortless performance. Their on-screen chemistry, especially in emotional sequences, is a highlight.
Despite its strengths, the film becomes somewhat predictable as it progresses, dampening the overall impact. The Kerala segment could have been executed more effectively, and the movie’s length could have been trimmed in certain parts.
Hesham Abdul Wahab’s music plays a crucial role in ‘Kushi,’ elevating the viewing experience with superb songs. Cinematographer Murali’s captivating visuals further enhance the film’s appeal. The production values by Mythri Movie Makers are commendable, although the editing could have been tighter.
On the whole, ‘Kushi’ is a delightful rom-com with a particularly strong second half. The film’s central themes are effectively conveyed in the latter part, filled with drama and emotion. Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha deliver charming performances, but the initial segments of the film lack the same impact. A shorter runtime would have likely enhanced the overall experience. Nevertheless, Shiva Nirvana has crafted a relatable film for family audiences, making ‘Kushi’ a worthwhile weekend watch.