Cast: Samantha, Vijay Deverakonda, Sachin Khedekar, Murali Sharma
Kushi, Samantha’s last film before her break from acting. Same old clichéd love story, nothing new, only refreshing thing about the movie is colour palette and cinematography.
Viplav (Vijay Deverakonda) is a BSNL employee who requests a posting to Kashmir because he has a Mani Ratnam fantasy to live out.He loves the gorgeous scenery, the music by AR Rahman, the heady romance, etc. But he gets a reality check the moment he reaches there. He happens to meet Aradhya (Samantha) one day in Kashmir and he falls head over heels for her. What happens after that is something that is shown a million times before in all rom coms. Regardless of her background or who she is, he hopes that his love (and stalking) will win her, and it does.
After all love confessions, it is revealed that they grow up in two completely different families and all their ideologies are quite literally the opposite. But still the couples believe that their love can overcome all the odds. What happens in their married life forms the second half of the movie. Mind you, they only knew each other for a week and decided to get married against the wishes of their families.
Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha did their roles well, and their chemistry makes the film bearable. Kushi tried to be a feel-good film, but it became only enjoyable because of Hesham Abdul Wahab’s music and Murali G’s cinematography. It is not some romantic movie that’s not seen before, it is already used in every other rom coms in the industry. To make sure you care about what happens to the leads and their failing marriage, Vijay and Samantha do a superb job. Even in the parts where they can’t stand the sight of one another, their chemistry seems natural.
Director Shiva, however, doesn’t go deeply enough into the tragic experiences that Viplav and Aradhya go through in an effort to keep things light-hearted. While we are never shown how the latter feels about the loss, the former doesn’t believe it to be that serious. It isn’t even mentioned that perhaps these two didn’t know each other well enough when the fractures started to appear. The ultimate solution he comes up with for their problems is the story of Rohini and Jayaram. It feels forced and a little stupid.
In short, Kushi is trying to say that love triumphs over everything, which has already been said millions of times before.
Rating – 2/5