Vaguely inspires from Will Smith starrer 'Seven Pounds', Rushi is a film with strong conviction but shaky storyline that fails to induce interest. Perfect mix of commercial factors coupled with brilliant narrative style makes this film definitely one of the best films of the recent past.
Rushi is an aspiring medical student who is driven by the conviction that one should always embrace life with a 'no-turning back' attitude. He falls head over heels with Puja, a fellow classmate, who initially rejects him but eventually in the process says yes, after she finds out that Rushi wants to be a doctor to help the needy but not to earn quick bucks. Towards the end of first half, Rushi stumbles upon Karthik, a young boy battling life with a rare disease. Rushi along with Puja and other friends scout for a donor for Karthik and in the meanwhile, Rushi, though not qualified yet to be a doctor, begins treating Karthik and finds out that Karthik needs a heart transplant. Surprisingly, few doctors who examine Karthik opine the same. What happens to Karthik; does Rushi succeed in saving Karthik's life forms the rest of the story.
In an era of love story after love story, Rushi comes as a breath of fresh air and manages to appeal all types of audience. The film follows a path that very few films dared to attempt in the past or will even in the future. Although the film is blessed with an encouraging and inspiring storyline but one might still feel the effort put in by the director to make sense out of it is inadequate.
Performances by Aravind and Supriya were mediocre when ideally they should've been fitting and apt to the roles they played. This is exactly where the director's effort seem to have gone waste, or should I say went unnoticed. The director didn't push his actors to perform; that is clearly visible through the performances of Aravind and Supriya. Aravind as Rushi was emotionless and cold throughout, while Supriya was just trying to look cute in her role. Master Gaurav as the sick kid manages to deliver few lighter moments.
Sreekar Prasad's editing stands out and that helps the film to earn additional brownie points. Songs by Don Chandra is bad but somehow the background score manages to appeal. Direction definitely deserves sincere words of appreciation but on the whole the effort still appears to be incomplete.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
(3 / 5) : Good