Kushi – A Melodic Romance Marred by Incoherence
Duration: 2 hr 45 min
Vijay Deverakonda, Samantha, Murli Sharma, Sachin Khedkar, and others
Directed by Shiva Nirvana
Produced by Naveen Yerneni, Ravi Shankar
Banner: Mythri Movie Makers
Music: Hesham Abdul Wahab
Amidst great anticipation, Kushi starring Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha hits the screen. With the past performances of the lead and the director in need of a hit, they bank on Kushi. With a promising trailer and chartbuster songs, the film sets high expectations.
Set against the picturesque backdrop of Kashmir, Viplav, a BSNL employee, falls for the enchanting Aradhya. Their whirlwind romance encounters a roadblock when familial conflicts arise. Viplav is the son of an atheist while Aradhya hails from a devoutly religious background. Their love story navigates through this rift and the intricacies of married life.
Samantha is the standout, reminding fans of her initial film roles. Vijay Deverakonda’s performance evokes memories of his role in Geetha Govindam. While their on-screen chemistry is undeniable, the plot falters. Supporting actors like Murli Sharma and Sachin Khedkar hold their own, but the comic relief from Rahul Ramakrishna and Vennela Kishore lands only occasionally.
Kushi scores high on cinematography with Kashmir scenes capturing the essence. Hesham Abdul Wahab’s melodies soothe, barring the party number. However, the narrative struggles with pacing and coherence, especially in the second half.
- Chemistry between Vijay & Samantha
- Soulful music
- Mesmerizing Kashmir visuals
- Weak conflict resolution
- Inconsistent emotional depth
- Prolonged and exaggerated scenes
Kushi treads a familiar path, reminiscent of movies like Sakhi, portraying the challenges faced by couples post-elopement. While the first half is visually enchanting, the narrative is sluggish. The second half takes a more dramatic tone, but the pacing remains a concern. Scenes referencing Vijay Deverakonda’s previous roles do provide comic respite. However, the emotional scenes, despite commendable acting, lack depth.
Parental conflicts seem superficial, and the addition of another couple’s past doesn’t add much impact. The movie’s culmination does manage to uplift the mood slightly.
Kushi, while visually and musically pleasing, struggles with a coherent storyline. Despite its flaws, it offers respite from the typical movie fare and will appeal to those seeking light entertainment.
Verdict: Engaging Melodies, Jumbled Plot