Kushi Movie Review: An Endearing Tale Of Love, Marriage, Conflict & Reconciliation

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Cast: Vijay Deverakonda, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Sachin Khedekar, Vennela Kishore, Murali Sharma, Rohini, Lakshmi, etc

Director: Shiva Nirvana

Release Date: September 1, 2023


After delivering flops like Liger, Shaakuntalam, and Tuck Jagadeesh, Vijay Deverakonda, Samantha, and Shiva Nirvana came together for a romantic family drama titled Kushi. The movie explores the issues between a man and his wife who get married despite support from their respective elders. The movie is a musical love story. The success of Kushi is crucial for the trio, and they made it.


Viplav (Vijay Deverakonda) and Aradhya (Samantha) fall in love with each other organically. They hail from culturally different backgrounds. Despite their parents' disapproval, they get married with support from friends. The initial days of marriage are comfortable and rosy. However, as the days continue to roll, the couple is caught between reality and struggles. Aradhya and Viplav are warned of consequences due to their horoscope by Aradhya's father. Hell breaks loose when Aradhya tries to conceive but can't.


Vijay Deverakonda toned down his usual self to play the role of Viplav, a government employee in BSNL. Aradhya is a traditional girl brought up in the house of orthodox Brahmins. She works a corporate job. The duo meet in Kashmir, and Viplav woos Aradhya. Both of them gently lived through their characters effortlessly, convincing the viewers of their chemistry and situations.

Sachin Khedekar, Murali Sharma, and Shatru among others have decent screenspace to play out their characters, which they did. Vennela Kishore, Rahul Ramakrishna, and Srikanth Iyengar are used to generate comedy mainly in the first half. Thomas (Jayaram) and Zoya (Rohini) characters have a purpose in the story.


The movie dabbles with the idea of projecting a conflict between a wife and husband against the backdrop of science and religion. While a partner believes in religion, the other brushes it off. When things go out of control, they believe there is a fault in their stars, or Aradhya insists on it.

The first half seems a bit lengthy and is filled with redundant episodes in Kashmir. If not for the songs, the first half seemed entirely stretched. However, the contrast between the first and second parts of the film keeps viewers interested. The director used love story tropes liberally.

The film's second half discusses several important lessons about marital life and parenthood. But, the director didn't come out with adequate and meaty situations to talk big and high about them. Instead, he just superficially touched them by focusing more on ending the film with on a regular note. Nani's Ante Sundaraniki comes to mind while watching Kushi but none can help it. The ideological differences between Aradhya and Viplav are not well-established. Kushi gives a feeling like it is running to touch the dots till the end.

Technical Aspects

First and foremost, despite a refreshing colour palette with beautiful locations to treat movie lovers, except for close-up shots, most of the scenes lack sharp focus and appear grainy on the big screen. The background score by Hesham Abdul Wahab is okay, but the songs stand out. Editing and other technical aspects are top-notch, and production values are decent.

What's Good

Vijay Deverakonda & Samantha's Performance
Music & Songs

What's Not So Good
Taxing First Half
Lack of core scenes to explore the plot line.

Verdict: Kushi is a tale of love, life, marriage & conflict tied together with religion and comedy. Kushi makes for a decent weekend watch.


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