Kushi (2000 film)

Kushi (transl. Happiness) is a 2000 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy film directed by S. J. Surya and produced by A. M. Rathnam. The film featured Vijay and Jyothika in the leading roles, while Mumtaj, Vivek and Vijayakumar play other supporting roles. The film had cinematography by Jeeva, while music was composed by Deva. The film was released in May 2000 and spawned several remakes. In Hindi, the film was released as Khushi and in Telugu as Kushi and in Kannada as Eno Onthara. Jyothika went on to win the Filmfare Best Actress Award in Tamil for her performance in the film.[1]

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Directed byS. J. Surya
Produced byA. M. Rathnam
Written byS. J. Surya
Screenplay byS. J. Surya
Story byS. J. Surya
Music byDeva
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Distributed bySri Surya Movies
Release date
  • 19 May 2000 (2000-05-19)
Running time
170 minutes


The story begins when Jenny (Jyothika) and Shiva (Vijay), who were born in different states of India, meet as babies. When their parents left they were pulled apart. They are in their childhood and both want to represent their home town in a camp where they are next to each other but don't speak or see each other. Ten years later, Jenny wants to pursue higher studies but her father (Vijayakumar) wants her to get married. At first she gets angry at him but decides to marry according to her father's wishes. On the night of the wedding her groom elopes with his lover. Seeing Jenny depressed and disappointed, her father lets her study further. Shiva lives in Kolkata and is accepted to a college in Canada.

On the way to the airport, he gets in an accident and has to give up his dream of studying abroad. Shiva and Jenny enroll in the same college (The Madras Christian College) in different classes, they meet each other at a temple. They introduce themselves to each other and both say "I feel like I've seen you before". Then they meet again when Shiva's friend Babu (Nagendra Prasad) is in love with a girl named Shanthi to give her a love letter Shiva goes to her house guarded. Shiva get out of his car and runs to Jenny when she walks out of Shanthi's house and explains to Jenny about the situation. So Shiva and Jenny work together to get Babu and Shanthi together. One day Shiva and Jenny had a heated argument when shiva looked at her hip and they started to move upon another matters and this eventually hurts both of them especially Jenny. They try avoiding each other but can't because their friends need them to meet their lovers.

When they decide to forget about what happened and they try to get Babu into Shanthi's house but are caught and Shanthi's father ambush Jenny and Shiva while fighting Shiva close to being cut Jenny steps in to save him but her hands are bleeding and is taken to the hospital. Jenny gets better and find out that Shanthi is getting married and Shiva has a plan. As Babu and Shanti drive off to have their new life Jenny and Shiva say their goodbyes but not feelings. Jenny and Shiva miss each other and send a letter of love to each other through their co-passengers on the train which they are respectively going to board. Jenny reaches her village to find her marriage arrangements taking place but is pleasantly surprised to find that the groom is Shiva. After reading the letter instead of coming by train he took flight and went to Jennys house and tells the whole story to her father.Both the families agree to him. The film ends with Shiva and Jenny happily hugging each other in the presence of their families.



After watching the premiere show of Vaali, Rathnam offered S. J. Surya an opportunity to direct his next venture with Vijay and Jyothika being signed on soon after.[2] Simran was offered the role, but later replaced by Jyothika.[3] Vijay began shooting for the film during the same time he was shooting Fazil's Kannukkul Nilavu and revealed how hard it had been to shift between the two characters he was portraying.[4]

Early reports indicated that the film would portray an illicit relationship where a young widowed mother (Mumtaj) would lust for the lover (Vijay) of her own daughter (Jyothika). The producer rubbished the rumors claiming that the film would be a romantic comedy.[5]

The producers initially readied themselves to release the film on April 14, 2000 but pushed dates back to accommodate the release of bigger budget ventures such as Mani Ratnam's Alaipayuthey and Rajiv Menon's Kandukondain Kandukondain.[6]


Rediff.com felt that "overall, the light, airy romance of Kushi works just right for the holiday season, with an appeal calculated for the teen and family audiences", praising the director's story-telling.[7] Entertainment portal Bizhat.com gave the film a below average review and claimed that the film "does not justify the title in any way nor does it come anywhere near his first" and that it "is interesting in the beginning, but monotonous after a time as the narration gets stuck in a groove".[8]

The Hindu featured the film as runner-up in their list of top Tamil films in 2000, placing it behind Vikraman's Vanathai Pola.[9][10] Jyothika went on to win the Filmfare Best Actress Award in Tamil for her performance in the film.[1] Deva won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director in 2000 for his work in the film along with his work in Uyirile Kalanthathu and Sandhitha Velai.[11]

In 2001, A. M. Rathnam re-signed Surya to direct the Telugu version of the film, also titled Kushi. The film starring Pawan Kalyan and Bhumika Chawla also similarly won positive reviews and commercial success.[12] Surya also directed the Hindi version of the film in 2003 as Khushi for producer Boney Kapoor, with Fardeen Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles. The success of the lead pair's chemistry prompted Vijay and Jyothika to team up again in 2003 for Thirumalai, while the director and actor briefly reunited for a project titled Puli in 2005, before Vijay opted out.[13][14] In an interview prior to the release of Anbe Aaruyire (2005), Surya revealed that the film was "like a sequel to Kushi".[15]


Soundtrack album by
Released7 January 2000
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelFive Star Audio
Sa Re Ga Ma
Ayngaran Music
An Ak Audio
Deva chronology
Eazhaiyin Sirippil

The soundtrack of the film was composed by Deva, while Vairamuthu penned the lyrics for the songs. "Mottu Ondru" was based on "Why You Wanna Trip on Me" by Michael Jackson,[16] and "Oh Vennila" is based on the Portuguese song "Canção do Mar" sung by Dulce Pontes for Primal Fear (1996).[17]

1."Megam Karukuthu"Harini6:04
2."Macarena Macarena"Devan, Sowmya Raoh, S. J. Surya6:40
3."Oru Ponnu Onnu"Hariharan, Anuradha Sriram5:36
4."Mottu Onru"Hariharan, Sadhana Sargam6:07
5."Kattipudi Kattipudida"Shankar Mahadevan, Vasundhara Das, Ganga, Sri Ram5:41
6."Oh Vennila"Unnikrishnan, Anuradha Sriram5:12
Total length:35:20


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  9. ^ "Hits and misses of the year that was". The Hindu. 19 January 2001. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Ajith to star with Suresh Gopi". Rediff.com. 3 January 2001. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Tamil Nadu announces film awards for three years". IndiaGlitz. 1 October 2004. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Andhra Box Office: Jalsa creates a record". Sify.com. 10 April 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
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  16. ^ "Hanging up their sequinned gloves for good?". AsiaOne. 3 July 2009. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  17. ^ Srinivasan, Karthik (5 March 2019). "When Deewangee Not Only Borrowed Its Plot, But Also Its Soundtrack From 1996 Thriller Primal Fear". Film Companion. Archived from the original on 5 March 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.

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