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Oct. 23, 2015 India119 Min.
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Varun Tej isDhoopati Haribabu
Dhoopati Haribabu
Pragya Jaiswal isSeeta Devi
Seeta Devi
Anoop Puri isSeeta Devi's Grandfather
Seeta Devi's Grandfather
Sowcar Janaki isMahalakshmamma
Ravi Prakash isJanardhana Sastry
Janardhana Sastry
Singeetam Srinivasa Rao isCameo at Madras Cultural Club
Cameo at Madras Cultural Club


A love story played out against the backdrop of World War II.

Original titleKanche
IMDb Rating8.3 1,450 votes
TMDb Rating7 2 votes

(12) comments

  • rajvadiOctober 24, 2015Reply

    Thought provoking attempt, a first of its kind in Telugu cinema

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Raja PradeepOctober 25, 2015Reply

    Amazing movie

    Krish once again mesmerises us with his latest film, Kanche. It’s a
    story about a royal Indian army soldier who fought along side of
    British army against Nazis in world war 2. It simultaneously shows two
    stories; one in an Indian village which is in turmoil due to feud among
    different communities and another story which is about war between
    Nazis and British allies in Italy. No Indian movie in the past
    according to me has shown the story of Indian soldiers fought in world
    war 2. Kudos to director Krish for such a brave attempt(it’s not new
    for him) and he doesn’t fail. It’s a must watch for all the telugu film
    lovers who lost hopes on Tollywood film industry which is flooded every
    year with brainless masala flicks. But, the scene seems to be changing.
    2015 has already seen great films like Baahubali, Kanche. While
    Baahubali was amazing with it’s stunning visuals, Kanche makes us hook
    to the seats with it’s gripping storyline and great screenplay.

  • avi-bobbyOctober 25, 2015Reply

    A film to be lauded for the effort…

    There is a changing wave in Indian film industry right now. Directors
    are coming out of the regular commercial movie formula and trying to
    make good films, tell good stories. And I think they are not getting
    all the praise they truly deserve. Krish is one such director.

    I became a huge fan of his work with Vedam, and with Kanche he did not
    disappoint me. Krish is not one of the stupid directors who make films
    where hero can punch a guy and he flies 20 feet away hits a wall and
    falls in the same place where he stood a couple of slow mo shots
    earlier. He makes films with relatable characters which are very
    universal and a very good story line. I will not rate Kanche better
    than Vedam or Gamyam. But Kanche is far better than any of the stupid
    commercial films which are being poured on to the audience. And it
    deserves to be glorified for the attempt of the movie makers. It has a
    sublime story and a universal theme.

    Plus : All actors are really good. especially varun tej, damn it did
    not look as if it was his second film at all. I have high hopes for
    him. He is a new actor and it is really nice to see him trying to act
    in different films instead of just commercial movies. I hope he grows
    much more as an actor. Pragya Jaiswal was really nice too. Elegant and
    beautiful. Music was good. and dialogs better. Story line was good.

    Minus: Foreign actors. Below average acting and really really bad
    dubbing. It seemed to me some NRI had dubbed for them. Screenplay could
    have been tight. May be color of the film could have been more vintage.

    Still, Kanche is a really good film. It is one of those films which you
    need to collect and can watch many number of times and still find some
    thing sublime which you missed the first time.

  • rajwitfriendsOctober 27, 2015Reply

    a comparison between the local caste conditions and the world conditions at world war II time

    A nice attempt from the director krish who makes movies that live in
    heart. In this movie he took a complicated Indian situation and world
    war II and compared them with an amazing screen play and went in to the
    deep and finally touched every heart. the technical department did
    amazing work where camera work production values every thing went in an
    world class level. Coming to the casting Varu Tej the hero the in a
    Character Doopati Hari Babu showed a abnormal maturity in acting for
    his second movie itself got a tums up for his acting from the audience.
    Pragya Jaiswal as Seethamma devi did a good performance not only her
    Srinivas Avasarala as Dasu ,Nikitin Dheer as Colonel Eeshwar Prasad
    Gollapudi Maruthi Rao did a great performances in the movie. The music
    was good enough. The dialogue writer did a great job tied audience to
    seats. Finally the movie is a daring experiment in the Tollywood and it
    approached to the audience

  • snaidu422October 28, 2015Reply

    Of Love Sacrifice and Hope

    A young Indian fighting for the British against the Germans on a
    suicidal mission to rescue a bunch of POWS.

    A German who marries a Jew and fathers a child and is on the run as the
    Germans want to kill the child as Himmler believes the German tainted
    their race.

    A Young Indian woman who breaks all barriers and falls in love with a
    lower caste youth and is suddenly hurled into a battle between her
    brother and her lover .

    A commander who comes face to face with his arch rival from back home
    and is witness to the ultimate sacrifice. A bunch of British and Indian
    soldiers who decide to take a group of Jews to a safer land away from
    the Germans.

    An Italian farm girl who sheds her modesty to protect a group of
    soldiers who she believes might get her people the freedom they crave

    KAANCHE (Fence) brings all these interesting characters and weaves a
    superb connection between all of them and spins a fantastic tale of
    love, sacrifice and hope.

    The tragic love story is set in the pre-independence era and meanders
    till the aftermath of Mussolini’s death during the second world war.

    Doopati Hari Babu (Varun Tej) is a solidier in the British army
    fighting the Germans in Italy soon after Mussolini’s death. His story
    unfolds through his letters to his wife Seethamma Devi (Pragya Jaiswal)
    who we are led to believe is back home waiting for him. Hari comes face
    to face with his new commanding officer Colonel Eshwar Prasad (Nikitin
    Dheer) who also happens to be Seetha’s brother. We soon realize that
    there is no love lost between both the guys.

    We are taken on a time ride back to 1934, where seetha meets Hari for
    the first time in a restaurant where he is working part time as a
    waiter. She is bowled by his poetic talent and nicknames him
    Shakespeare, only to realize that they both are from the same village
    and also study at the same college.

    Love blossoms between them even though she is the daughter of a
    zamindar and he from the lowly tribe of barbers. Seetha is confident
    that her brother Eshwar would approve the match, but she is in for a
    shock as Eshwar disapproves it and both the lovers get married defying

    Back to 1944, where the British troops are ambushed by the Germans and
    Eshwar along with a bunch of officers are taken as POWS. Hari and his
    friend Dasu (Avasarala Sreenivas) manage to stay hidden and plan a
    rescue mission.

    The rescuers are saddled with a group of Jews who seek their help in
    getting to the border.

    Kaanche offers this and much more to the hungry tollywood audience, a
    movie of this canvas and period setting is totally unheard of here, but
    Krish manages to tell a fine tragic love story set in the period of
    world war II with lot of care to the costumes, the trains of the era,
    the armored cars, planes and even the pathways.

    There were instances when cinematic liberty took over, but all in all,
    it could be forgiven on the strength of the rest of the film. Poignant
    scenes such as the Italian girl getting undressed to show the Germans
    that she is all alone in the washroom and Das’s lines immediately are
    an ode to womanhood.

    The German officer mercilessly shooting all the unarmed British
    soldiers and also civilians paints a horrifying picture of the war.

    The lines between Radha and Hari are romantic and it is a pity that the
    love story was not given enough screen space to grow.

    Varun Tej as Hari is impressive especially in the pre climax scenes and
    also scenes where he opposes the caste system.

    Avasarala Srinivas manages to evoke laughter and at the same time is
    equally good in the emotional scenes.

    Nikitin Dheer as Eshwar does justice to the role.

    Pragya Jaiswal is the only loose end in the movie, bad acting reduces
    her character to a caricature as most of her emotional lines turn into
    unintentional funny lines. A woman with that figure is unheard of in
    1930’s in this side of the world, Krissh should have cast someone from
    the south as it would have made a good impact.

    Sowcar Janaki, and Gollapudi Maruti Rao excel in the climax scenes,
    proves that given the right roles veterans can still steal thunder from
    under their younger counterparts.

    Dialogues by Sai Madhavi Burra are what drove the movie forward, the
    difference between love and like, the role of a woman in the Indian
    household, the common factor between all the women in the world are
    explained quite beautifully in the form of simple dialogues.

    Cinematography by Gnanasekhar is excellent and gives the movie a
    Hollywood feel, especially the battle scenes.

    Direction by Krish is top notch, though there were instances where the
    movie lagged, but the subject and the period setting he chose made the
    movie a winner. A special mention for the beautifully staged battle
    scenes, actually give you the impression of watching Hollywood War
    Classics, proves the fact that given the right budget and proper
    screenplay and good actors, Tollywood could come up with world class
    movies………………………………………………….only if they could just try.

    I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a different fare from

  • Shourya SangamOctober 31, 2015Reply

    First Telugu Movie of its Kind

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Prabhu VenkataNovember 2, 2015Reply

    Awesome movie from an awesome Director

    This movie revolves around WWII in Italy and a Village in India. In my
    opinion, this movie is an epic movie in Telugu language which needs to
    be celebrated for its rich story, screenplay, direction, dialogues,
    Background music etc. The war scenes are absolutely stunning and are on
    par with the Hollywood movies.

    I feel that some of the people who wrote reviews for this movie are
    looking for some masala elements which are not there in this movie.
    There is a philosophical touch even in the comedy in this movie which
    makes you think deeply. I absolutely love such movies which make people
    think rather than creating mass excitement by having some self praising
    mass dialogues in regular Telugu movies.

    I did not find a single dull moment in this movie. Director Krrish
    brings out emotion in a fantastic way. I would say that this is the
    best movie of the season even ahead of Bahubali and definitely way far
    ahead of Rudramadevi and other mass telugu movies. This can be even
    nominated to the Oscars from India as the Best foreign movie. A salute
    to the Director and the Producers of this movie. Want more of this type

  • sowjanyabondaNovember 11, 2015Reply

    A sensible love story, a fiercely war sequence, a blended comedy track spiced up with dialogs and references to Telugu poetry all woven together with a strong message.

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Tarun KumarDecember 19, 2015Reply

    New Age Telugu Cinema- Krish has nailed it

    We always knew Krish(Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi) as a director who would
    attempt different flicks.But,Kanche is an even better movie compared to
    his earlier works.This time,he chose a war drama but still managed to
    ask questions about mankind and discrimination between people based on
    caste and nationality.The way he inter-connected the two stories(one in
    village in India and other at war zone in Europe)is amazingly
    brilliant.The casting was effective as all the actors have done justice
    to their roles.Standout performers include VarunTej ad Dhoopathi
    Haribabu and Nikitin Dheer as Eswar Prasad.Light hearted humour from
    Avasarala Srinivas Rao as Dasu was an icing on the cake.In particular,I
    have liked the interval bang and climax.Terming Kanche as a different
    film would be an understatement,it is as good as a film one can expect
    from Krish.

  • kotasrkanth-241-123348December 22, 2015Reply

    What a pleasant change!

    Whoa! Is this the start of a new era? Damn, it is! Hundreds of movies
    have come out on the caste system in India, but this one deserves a
    special mention.

    A movie with a genuine storyline is hard to find these days, for we
    have dried up all our innovation, thanks to the super stardom of our

    Top the storyline with a brilliant screenplay and we have a masterpiece
    in making. Though this kind of screenplay is not new in Cinema, it is
    definitely very well used for this sort of cinema. The frequent
    deviation from the present to the past with parallel tracks to narrate
    the different kinds of Kanches (Fence) in the world is just incredible.

    Don’t miss the movie! Though it could have been better, it is
    nevertheless, a great movie with rich values.

    We have a new kid on the block – Varun Tej, who has such expressive
    eyes, someone worthy to watch out from the Mega Family.

    Take a bow, Krish 🙂

  • kartheekreddykJuly 28, 2016Reply

    Amazing, heart touching, thrilling

    super creation by Krissh and the out sanding performance by the
    crew…..this movie is something out of the box that telugu industry
    has on the list…… All actors are really good. especially varun tej,
    damn it did not look as if it was his second film at all. I have high
    hopes for him. He is a new actor and it is really nice to see him
    trying to act in different films instead of just commercial movies. I
    hope he grows much more as an actor. Pragya Jaiswal was really nice
    too. Elegant and beautiful. Music was good. and dialogues better. Story
    line was absolutely wonderful. Editing is perfectly done. the song Itu
    Itu is one of my favorites of all time and this song will be in maximum
    audio devices of telugu people across the world…

    Krishh you rock

  • ravisankarkoppuravuriMarch 19, 2017Reply

    A very good path breaking movie in Telugu film industry

    As usual Director Krish came up with a really good heart touching story
    line, unlike a commercial’s really a very good attempt, the
    idea of comparing caste based fights in small villages to world war-2
    and showing that the thought process was same but only the impact is
    high is very good idea, kudos to the total team.

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