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Kushi Movie Review: Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha Ruth Prabhu Deliver Stellar Performances in Film

Kushi Movie Review: Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha Ruth Prabhu Deliver Stellar Performances in Film

Kushi Movie Review: The cast of Kushi boasts a lineup of seasoned performers, each delivering their best on-screen. However, it’s hard to ignore that Samantha Ruth Prabhu’s character deserved more voice and screen space to truly shine alongside her talented co-stars. Despite the collective efforts of the cast, the film’s potential remains somewhat untapped due to the limited exploration of her character’s depth and development.


Kushi Movie: Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha Ruth Prabhu
Kushi Movie: Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha Ruth Prabhu


In the backdrop of recent disappointments for its lead actors Vijay Deverakonda, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, and director Shiva Nirvana with their respective films, the success of ‘Kushi’ carries significant weight. Vijay, aspiring to become a pan-India star, is in dire need of redeeming himself after the setback of ‘Liger.’ Samantha, with ambitions of expanding her presence in Bollywood and perhaps even Hollywood, must find a firm foothold, especially after ‘Shaakuntalam.’ Similarly, director Shiva can ill-afford another lukewarm outing following ‘Tuck Jagadish.’

The production house Mythri Movie Makers has left no stone unturned in the production and promotion of ‘Kushi,’ creating substantial anticipation. The music and trailer have successfully piqued the interest of the audience. Positioned as a family-oriented drama enriched with captivating visuals, ‘Kushi’ seems to have all the necessary elements for a successful box office run. The stakes are high, and all eyes are on how this film will perform.

The story unfolds with Viplav (Vijay Deverakonda), the son of the renowned atheist Lenin Sathyam (Sachin Khedekar), who embarks on a journey as an engineer at BSNL. He willingly accepts a posting in Kashmir to explore life and travel experiences. It is in this picturesque setting that he encounters Aara (Samantha), a young woman who claims to be a Muslim from Pakistan in search of her missing younger brother.

However, Aara’s true identity is far from what she presents, as she, along with her friend (Sharanya Pradeep), is engaged in a charade to avoid a particular situation. Viplav quickly falls head over heels for Aara, firmly believing in her Muslim identity, and goes to great lengths to win her affection. Unbeknownst to him, Aara is, in fact, a software employee on a company trip, adding an intriguing layer to their budding relationship.

As Aaradhya and her friend bid farewell to Kashmir, the revelation of her true identity as a Brahmin from Kakinada, and the daughter of the renowned spiritual preacher Chadarangam Shrinivas (Murali Sharma), shocks Viplav. However, the surprise takes a pleasant turn when he learns that Aaradhya reciprocates his love. They resolve to unite their families and seek their blessings for their marriage.

Initial discussions between the families appear cordial, but the turning point arrives when Chadarangam examines the couple’s horoscopes. He predicts a union fraught with challenges and insists that peace and happiness can only be attained through a homam (ritual) involving both Viplav and his father. Lenin Sathyam dismisses this notion, becoming a significant obstacle to their marriage. Undeterred, Viplav and Aaradhya make a bold decision to marry without their families’ blessings, determined to prove that they can be an exemplary couple.

The central questions loom large: Can this young couple defy the predictions of the esteemed astrologist and preacher, Chadarangam? Will their marriage truly remain free from difficulties and problems? What roles do Viplav’s mentors, Zoya (Rohini) and Thomas (Jayaram), play in this unfolding drama? These intriguing elements shape the rest of the story, driving the narrative forward.

The film kicks off on a promising note with Viplav’s decision to work in Kashmir, and Vennela Kishore’s character injects some humor into the proceedings. The initial songs are beautifully picturized, setting a romantic tone. However, the narrative takes a fascinating turn when Samantha’s true identity is revealed, hinting at a potential clash between tradition and modernity, faith and reason.

This conflict is intriguing but is ultimately overshadowed as the focus shifts to the world of the newlyweds. For the most part, it works, with Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha Ruth Prabhu sharing excellent on-screen chemistry and redefining on-screen romance. However, as societal expectations, particularly regarding motherhood, begin to disrupt their paradise, the film starts to lose its unique charm and gradually turns into a routine affair.

From this point onward, the writing becomes predominantly one-sided, presented from the male perspective. The conflicts between the couple feel contrived and lack significant depth. The subplot involving Rohini and Jayaram doesn’t add much thematically. After the separation of the couple, the story narrows down to Vijay’s perspective, leaving Samantha’s character largely sidelined and diminishing her presence in the narrative. It becomes challenging to spot her in the subsequent scenes. While the climax resolves the faith vs. reason debate, the film deviates from its initial promise of being a love story. One might find themselves asking, ‘Where is Kushi?’

Murali’s camera work is impressive, and Hesham Abdul Wahab delivers with the songs and background score. However, the track featuring Rohini and Jayaram is underdeveloped, and the episode in the fertility clinic feels forced. Additionally, the scene involving Rahul Ramakrishna and his maid seems absurd and serves little purpose.

The cast, including Vijay Deverakonda, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, and the supporting actors, delivers commendable performances. However, it’s the screenplay that fails to fully explore the potential of the film’s premise. Samantha’s character, in particular, deserved more substantial characterization and screen time.

‘Kushi’ may find appeal among family audiences seeking an enjoyable evening with their beloved stars.

Kushi Movie Cast: Vijay Deverakonda, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Lakshmi, Sachin Khedekar, Murali Sharma, Jayaram, Sharanya, Rohini, Vennela Kishore, Rahul Ramakrishna, Ali

Kushi Movie Director: Shiva Nirvana

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