Kushi (transl. Happiness) is a 2023 Indian Telugu-language romantic comedy film written and directed by Shiva Nirvana. Produced by Naveen Yerneni and Y. Ravi Shankar under the production banner Mythri Movie Makers, the film features Vijay Devarakonda and Samantha with Sachin Khedekar, Jayaram, Saranya Ponvannan and Murali Sharma in supporting roles.


The film was announced in April 2022, and was tentatively titled as VD11, as it is Devarakonda’s eleventh lead role, while the official title Kushi was announced in May. Principal photography commenced in April 2022 in Kashmir and wrapped in July 2023. The music is composed by Hesham Abdul Wahab, while the cinematography and editing are handled by Murali G. and Prawin Pudi, respectively.

Kushi released theatrically on 1 September 2023 and opened to mixed reviews from critics. The film performed averagely in the box-office.




Theatrical release poster
Directed by Shiva Nirvana
Written by Shiva Nirvana
Produced by
  • Naveen Yerneni
  • Yalamanchili Ravi Shankar
  • Vijay Devarakonda
  • Samantha
Cinematography Murali G.
Edited by Prawin Pudi
Music by Hesham Abdul Wahab
Mythri Movie Makers
Release date
  • 1 September 2023
Running time
165 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu
Budget ₹70 crore
Box office est. ₹71 crores



  • Vijay Deverakonda as Lenin Viplav, Aradhya’s husband
  • Samantha as Aradhya “Aara” Rao / Aara Begum, Viplav’s wife (Voice dubbed by Chinmayi)
  • Sachin Khedekar as Lenin Satyam, Viplav’s father
  • Saranya Ponvannan as Rajalakshmi, Viplav’s mother
  • Murali Sharma as Chadarangam Srinivasa Rao, Aradhya’s father
  • Lakshmi as Aradhya’s grandmother
  • Jayaram as Thomas, Zoya’s Husband
  • Rohini as Zoya, Viplav’s manager and Thomas’s Wife
  • Shatrau as Shanmukh, Aradhya’s brother-in-law
  • Vennela Kishore as Pitobash, Viplav’s co-worker
  • Rahul Ramakrishna as RK, Viplav’s friend
  • Srikanth Iyengar as Chatur, Aradhya’s boss
  • Sharanya Pradeep as Deepu, Aradhya’s friend
  • Brahmanandam in a cameo appearance as a Swamiji
  • Ali in a cameo appearance as Himalayan Baba.


Kushi was theatrically released on 1 September 2023. It was released in Telugu along with dubbed versions in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi languages. The film was initially scheduled to release in December 2022 but was pushed to February 2023 following production delays. The film was then again pushed to 1 September 2023.

Worldwide theatrical rights were sold for ₹52.5 crore (US$6.3 million).



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