Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha teamed up for Siva Nirvana’s love drama Kushi. The songs already became a chartbuster, and the trailer appeared to include romantic and amusing moments as well as the necessary emotions.
The film Kushi hits theaters today, and it remains to be seen how well Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha’s pair worked onscreen. And here’s a review from us.
Viplav (Vijay Deverakonda), a BSNL employee, falls in love with Aradhya (Samantha) in Kashmir, and she falls in love with him as well. They eventually discover that their marriage is nearly impossible because Viplav is the son of a popular atheist, Lenin Sathyam (Sachin Khedkar), and Aradhya is the daughter of his archrival, Pravachanakartha Chadarangam Srinivasa Rao (Murli Sharma). Kushi is all about how Viplav and Aaradhya marry and what occurs in their marriage.
Samantha has given an excellent performance. Vijay Deverakonda has effortlessly slipped into the shoes of Viplav and has given an amazing performance in Kushi. The chemistry between Vijay and Samantha was fantastic, despite the story’s shortcomings. Murli Sharma and Sachin Khedkar performed well, whereas Rohini and Jayaram appeared usual. Veteran actresses Lakshmi, Sharanya Pradeep, and Shatru performed admirably in their respective roles. Rahul Ramakrishna and Vennela Kishore gave it their all, but the comedy only worked in portions.
Kushi features stunning visuals and exceptional cinematography. The production values are excellent. All of the tunes and the melancholy song are calming. The Kashmir segment in the first half contains excellent frames throughout. The background music is excellent. Hesham is the hero behind the screen as his music creates wonders and is a huge plus. Aside from the performances, the general plot of Kushi features multiple topics that do not have a proper link with one another. The dialogue is adequate.
As usual, Shiva Nirvana draws inspiration from Mani Ratnam’s movies and combines them with his own ideas. The first half is dominated by a lighthearted romance set in Kashmir. Though the picturesque images and music captivate us in the first half, the movie moves at a snail’s pace, keeping us waiting for the true storyline to be disclosed before the intermission. Vennela Kishore’s comedy worked in parts.
While the first half focuses solely on Viplav and Aradhya, the second half shifts completely to family and emotional drama. Again, the film moves at a leisurely speed, with many missed logics, emotions, and comedy serving as saviors in portions. One scene in which Vijay Deverakonda’s Arjun Reddy remark causes laughter. Some extended comic episodes in the second half keep the audience entertained.
Kushi has a fair amount of narrative that falls flat and bland. The graph fell due to the extended second half. The climax moments with Sachin Khedkar and a few Murli Sharma phrases are remarkable and helped it pick up. Many emotional situations worked well just because of the performances, but the scenes’ lack of depth stood out like a sore thumb.
The ego fight between the lead couple’s fathers looks to be unjustified by their misunderstandings. Furthermore, the impact of another couple disclosing their past is not well depicted.
Overall, Kushi has a muddled narrative with subjects such as marriage, misunderstandings, and parents’ egos that only function in portions. The music, picturization, and a few comedic sequences make it a passable entertainment overall.