Kushi Movie Review:
Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha have teamed up for a romantic drama called “Kushi,” directed by Shiva Nirvana. They are eagerly awaiting the success of “Kushi” as their previous films didn’t perform well at the box office.
The songs have become chartbusters, and the trailer showcased not only the essential emotions but also some romantic and entertaining moments. “Kushi” is releasing in theaters today, and it remains to be seen how the chemistry between Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha fares. Here’s a review of one of the US premieres.
What’s it About?
In Kashmir, BSNL employee Viplav (Vijay Deverakonda) falls in love with Aaradhya (Samantha), and she reciprocates. They later realize that their marriage is nearly impossible because Viplav is the son of a popular atheist, Lenin Satyam (Sachin Khedekar), and Aaradhya is the daughter of their staunch rival, popular preacher Chadrangam Srinivas Rao (Murali Sharma). How Viplav and Aaradhya’s marriage happens and what transpires in their married life is what “Kushi” is all about.
Samantha delivers a commendable performance, particularly excelling in some scenes that remind us of her earlier films. Vijay Deverakonda also performs well in “Kushi.” His acting, looks, and character somewhat hark back to his Geetha Govindam days. The chemistry between Vijay and Samantha works beautifully, although the story has its shortcomings. Murali Sharma and Sachin Khedekar do justice to their roles, while Rohini and Jayaram make their presence felt. Experienced actors Laxmi, Sharnya Pradeep, and Shatru also shine in their given roles. Rahul Ramakrishna and Vennela Kishore make sincere attempts in their comic roles, but the comedy only works in parts.
“Kushi” boasts of rich visuals, and the cinematography is exceptional. Production values are indeed top-notch. Apart from the party song, all the songs and emotional tracks are enjoyable. The first half primarily set in Kashmir has well-framed scenes throughout. The background music is good. Beyond the presentation, “Kushi” struggles to establish a strong connection between various elements of the story. The dialogues are decent.
We have seen several films where couples elope and get married only to face struggles in their married life. “Kushi” treads a similar path but introduces elements like faith in God, which add complexity to the narrative.
The first half mostly involves light romance in Kashmir. While the first half entertains us with natural scenery and songs, the story moves at a slow pace, and we await the actual narrative to unfold before the interval.
Where the first half mainly focuses on Viplav and Aaradhya, the second half delves into family and emotional drama. Again, the story moves slowly, with many arguments and emotions that don’t feel justified. Additionally, the revelation of the past by another couple doesn’t have the desired impact.
In conclusion, “Kushi” is a mixed bag of marriage, misunderstandings, and parental egos that only partly work. The songs, presentation, and some comedy make it an overall enjoyable entertainer. “Kushi” manages to get better scores compared to the recent crises that have hit theaters every week, and it remains to be seen how it performs at the B and C centers.