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Khushi (English: Happiness) is a 2001 Telugu romantic comedy film directed by S. J. Surya and released on 27 April 2001. Pawan Kalyan and Bhumika Chawla appeared together for the first time in this film. This film is the remake of Tamil film Kushi, starring Vijay and Jyothika. This movie made Bhumika Chawla one of the most sought actresses in Telugu film industry.It also fetched her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – had run housefully in ellure theatre at 125th day.It was considered as industry hit.

Kushi Theatrical Poster.jpg
Theatrical poster of Khushi
Directed byS. J. Surya
Produced byA.M. Ratnam
Written byS. J. Surya (Story & Screenplay)
Rajendra Kumar (Dialogues) [1]
Music byMani Sharma
CinematographyP. C. Sreeram
Edited by
Distributed bySri Surya Films
Release date
27 April 2001

The film was much hyped to Pawan Kalyan's successful streak of youth entertainers starting from Tholi Prema. His unique mannerism, on-screen presence, dance on the songs, acting performance and dialogue delivery made this movie a Cult Classic and eventually became an Blockbuster at the box office.[2] Reportedly, the film holds the record of being the highest-grossing film in the Nizam State of Andhra Pradesh until Okkadu.



The film opens when Madhumati ("Madhu") (Bhumika Chawla) and Siddharth Roy alias Siddhu (Pawan Kalyan) are born. Madhu's family is based in Konaseema in Andhra Pradesh and Siddhu's family is from Kolkota (he has a Telugu father and Bengali mother). As babies, Madhu and Siddhu meet in a shopping complex.

Madhu and her father love each other dearly. Madhu's father wants her daughter to get married and wanted to keep his son-in-law with them and so that his daughter will not leave him. However, her groom elopes with his girlfriend, apologizing to Madhu that he did not want to ruin another girl's life.

Siddhu receives a visa for higher studies in Canada, his car met with an accident on his way to airport, which results him hospitalized for a period. Coincidentally, he receives Madhu's blood. Madhu's convinces her father to go for higher studies and not be bothered with marriage. Sidhu cannot make it to Canada and joins the same college as Madhu. Incidentally, they meet in a temple. They become good friends, while also helping Madhu's friend, Shanti, and Siddu's friend, Babu (Sivaji), who are in love. Shanti's father is a big goon, and Madhu and Siddhu ensure that Shanti and Babu do not reveal their love to Shanti's father and get into any trouble. One day while Madhu is studying for exams, Siddhu happens to come. Madhu's sari moves in the breeze, revealing her navel. Siddhu ogles it. Madhu accuses Siddhu of ogling, and Siddhu denies it. An argument breaks out leading to them accusing each other of hiding their feelings for the other. They end their friendship.

After the summer holidays, Shanti's dad finds out about Babu. Madhu and Siddhu meet again for the sake of their friend's love. In the course of getting Babu and Shanti together, they realize they love each other. The movie ends happily, with the duo married and happily squabbling.



Box office performanceEdit

The film had a 50-day run in 101 centres,[3] a 100-day run in 79 centres[4] and a 175-day run in eight centres.[5] It also set a record for highest-grossing film in the State of Andhra Pradesh, where it earned 200 million in only 100 days.[6]Kushi grossed 200 million (US$2.9 million) in 100 days worldwide and collected 230 million (US$3.3 million) in 150 days worldwide. Its total collections were 220–230 million. It was the most popular Telugu film in 2001.[7]


Kushi grossed 200,000,000 in theatres across the state. Sandhya 70mm dts A/C officials stated that the film collected 13 million (US$190,000) from their theater in 100 days in 50 theaters


Mani Sharma composed the soundtrack of the film. The audio was released in Hyderabad and became an cult classic. The audio was released in CDs for the time in Telugu along with cassettes by Aditya Music. A classic song called "Aaduvari Maatalaku", written by Pingali from the movie Missamma, was remixed by Mani Sharma. It was sung by Murali. All of the songs became chart-busters especially "Ammaye Sannaga" song written by Chandra Bose and sung by Udit Narayan and Kavita Krishnamurthy. Other lyricists are A.M. Ratnam, Abbas Tyrewala, Chandra Bose, Pingali and Suddala Ashok Teja.[8]

Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAditya Music
ProducerMani Sharma
Mani Sharma chronology
Devi Putrudu
Track list
1."Ye Mera Jaha"Abbas TyrewalaKK05:14
2."Ammaye Sannaga"chandraboseUdit Narayan & Kavita Krishnamurthy04:52
3."Cheliya Cheliya"A. M. RathnamHarini & Srinivas05:41
4."Premante"A. M. RathnamDevan Ekambaram & Kalpana06:14
5."Aaduvari Matalaku"PingaliKhushi Murali03:01
6."Holi Holi"Suddala Ashok TejaMano & Swarnalatha05:12
Total length:30:14


  1. ^ "Kushi Review". Idlebrain. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
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  3. ^ "Kushi 50 days centres".
  4. ^ "Kushi 100 days centres".
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  6. ^ "Andhra Box Office: Jalsa creates a record". Sify. 10 April 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  7. ^,, Sitara Magazine
  8. ^ "Kushi". Saavn.

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