Movie Review : Kushi
CASTVijay Deverakonda as Viplav
Samantha Ruth Prabhu as Aradhya
Sachin Khedekar as Lenin Sathya
Saranya Ponvannan as Viplav's mother
Murali Sharma as Chadarangam Srinivasa Rao, Aradhya's father
Lakshmi as Aradhya's grandmother
Director - Shiva Nirvana
DOP - Murali G
Music - Hesham Abdul Wahab
Editor - Prawin Pudi
Production Company - Mythri Movie Makers
Produced by - Naveen Yerneni & Y. Ravi Shankar
Distribution - Lyca Productions through Sri Lakshmi Movies
PRO – Yuvraaj
Viplav ( Vijay Deverakonda) is a bsnl employee who falls in love with Aaradhya (Samantha) when he firsts sees her in Kashmir.
The duo decide to marry but there is a major problem. Viplav's dad Lenin Sathya ( Sachin Khedekar) is a renowned atheist while Aaradhya's dad C Srinivasa Rao ( Murli Sharma) is a staunch Hindu guru and the duo often clash on TV debates.
Much against their wishes, the young couple goes ahead with their wedding. Dire predictions about the collapse of their wedding by Rao, ( when he compares their horoscopes) seem to be coming true when trouble starts brewing in the marriage within a year.
Do the couple succeed in saving their marriage and their happiness? Do the parents ever come around?
Kushi is a breezy rom com, a film for the family audiences, with Murali G's visuals and Hesham Abdul Wahab's musical score adding hugely to the story as it unfolds.
Vijay Deverakonda and Samantha share a cute vibe and its their solid performances and charisma that keeps you invested, even when the writing falters at places.
Vijay is on top of his game with the combo of chiselled looks and physique with the sincere vibes he gives off as lover and husband. Fans will be reminded of his Pelli Choopelu days. Samantha looks beautiful and her wide-eyed innocence and later expressions of hurt and despair make for a solid performance.
Together it's the lead duo that carries the film on their shoulders.
The supporting cast, especially the warring dads, are superbly cast, bringing out well their conflict.
On the flip side, the lovebirds seem to lack a serious conflict for them to separate and Viplav's sudden changed behaviour seems to forced to take the story forward.
Overall, Kushi is a family entertainer bringing back the old world charm of romance, mounted on a grand scale, with excellent performances ( including stunning visuals of Kashmir), that all make it worth a watch for lovers of rom coms.