Movie wiki in one line Title: Kushi, Running time: 170 min, Release date: 19 May 2000, Language: Tamil, Censor type: U/A, Stars: Vijay and Jyothika, Director: S. J. Surya, Music director: Deva, Poster: Attached, Budget: ₹20 crore, Box office collections: ₹30 crore, Producer: A. M. Rathnam
Kushi (English: Happiness) is a 2000 Tamil 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 opened in May 2000 to positive reviews and became successful at the box office, prompting remakes in Hindi and in Telugu as the same name and twice in Kannada as Chandu and Eno Onthara.
After watching the premiere show of Vaali (film), Rathnam offered S. J. Surya an opportunity to direct his next venture with Vijay and Jyothika being signed on soon after. Amisha Patel was also briefly considered for a role in the film, but was later not selected. Vijay began shooting for the film during the same time he was shooting for Fazil's Kannukkul Nilavu and revealed how hard it had been to shift between the two characters he was portraying.
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.
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.
The soundtrack of the film was composed by Deva, while Vairamuthu penned the lyrics for the songs.