Kushi is a Telugu film which released on 27 April 2001 and was directed by S. J. Surya. Pawan Kalyan and Bhoomika Chawla paired up for the first time in this film. It is a remake of the 2000 Tamil film of the same name which starred Vijay and Jyothika in the lead roles.Jyothika was considered to reprise her role, but later opted out.PlotThe film opens when Madhumati or "Madhu" and Siddartha Roy or "Siddhu" are born. Madhu's family is based in Konaseema in Andhra Pradesh and Sidhu's family is from Kolkota . 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. Incidentally, 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, 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.