A love story played out against the backdrop of World War II.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Krish once again mesmerises us with his latest film, Kanche. It’s astory about a royal Indian army soldier who fought along side ofBritish army against Nazis in world war 2. It simultaneously shows twostories; one in an Indian village which is in turmoil due to feud amongdifferent communities and another story which is about war betweenNazis and British allies in Italy. No Indian movie in the pastaccording to me has shown the story of Indian soldiers fought in worldwar 2. Kudos to director Krish for such a brave attempt(it’s not newfor him) and he doesn’t fail. It’s a must watch for all the telugu filmlovers who lost hopes on Tollywood film industry which is flooded everyyear with brainless masala flicks. But, the scene seems to be changing.2015 has already seen great films like Baahubali, Kanche. WhileBaahubali was amazing with it’s stunning visuals, Kanche makes us hookto the seats with it’s gripping storyline and great screenplay.
There is a changing wave in Indian film industry right now. Directorsare coming out of the regular commercial movie formula and trying tomake good films, tell good stories. And I think they are not gettingall 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 notdisappoint me. Krish is not one of the stupid directors who make filmswhere hero can punch a guy and he flies 20 feet away hits a wall andfalls in the same place where he stood a couple of slow mo shotsearlier. He makes films with relatable characters which are veryuniversal and a very good story line. I will not rate Kanche betterthan Vedam or Gamyam. But Kanche is far better than any of the stupidcommercial films which are being poured on to the audience. And itdeserves to be glorified for the attempt of the movie makers. It has asublime story and a universal theme.
Plus : All actors are really good. especially varun tej, damn it didnot look as if it was his second film at all. I have high hopes forhim. He is a new actor and it is really nice to see him trying to actin different films instead of just commercial movies. I hope he growsmuch more as an actor. Pragya Jaiswal was really nice too. Elegant andbeautiful. Music was good. and dialogs better. Story line was good.
Minus: Foreign actors. Below average acting and really really baddubbing. It seemed to me some NRI had dubbed for them. Screenplay couldhave 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 youneed to collect and can watch many number of times and still find something sublime which you missed the first time.
A nice attempt from the director krish who makes movies that live inheart. In this movie he took a complicated Indian situation and worldwar II and compared them with an amazing screen play and went in to thedeep and finally touched every heart. the technical department didamazing work where camera work production values every thing went in anworld class level. Coming to the casting Varu Tej the hero the in aCharacter Doopati Hari Babu showed a abnormal maturity in acting forhis second movie itself got a tums up for his acting from the audience.Pragya Jaiswal as Seethamma devi did a good performance not only herSrinivas Avasarala as Dasu ,Nikitin Dheer as Colonel Eeshwar PrasadGollapudi Maruthi Rao did a great performances in the movie. The musicwas good enough. The dialogue writer did a great job tied audience toseats. Finally the movie is a daring experiment in the Tollywood and itapproached to the audience
A young Indian fighting for the British against the Germans on asuicidal mission to rescue a bunch of POWS.
A German who marries a Jew and fathers a child and is on the run as theGermans want to kill the child as Himmler believes the German taintedtheir race.
A Young Indian woman who breaks all barriers and falls in love with alower caste youth and is suddenly hurled into a battle between herbrother and her lover .
A commander who comes face to face with his arch rival from back homeand is witness to the ultimate sacrifice. A bunch of British and Indiansoldiers who decide to take a group of Jews to a safer land away fromthe Germans.
An Italian farm girl who sheds her modesty to protect a group ofsoldiers who she believes might get her people the freedom they cravefor.
KAANCHE (Fence) brings all these interesting characters and weaves asuperb connection between all of them and spins a fantastic tale oflove, sacrifice and hope.
The tragic love story is set in the pre-independence era and meanderstill the aftermath of Mussolini’s death during the second world war.
Doopati Hari Babu (Varun Tej) is a solidier in the British armyfighting the Germans in Italy soon after Mussolini’s death. His storyunfolds through his letters to his wife Seethamma Devi (Pragya Jaiswal)who we are led to believe is back home waiting for him. Hari comes faceto face with his new commanding officer Colonel Eshwar Prasad (NikitinDheer) who also happens to be Seetha’s brother. We soon realize thatthere is no love lost between both the guys.
We are taken on a time ride back to 1934, where seetha meets Hari forthe first time in a restaurant where he is working part time as awaiter. She is bowled by his poetic talent and nicknames himShakespeare, only to realize that they both are from the same villageand also study at the same college.
Love blossoms between them even though she is the daughter of azamindar and he from the lowly tribe of barbers. Seetha is confidentthat her brother Eshwar would approve the match, but she is in for ashock as Eshwar disapproves it and both the lovers get married defyingeveryone.
Back to 1944, where the British troops are ambushed by the Germans andEshwar along with a bunch of officers are taken as POWS. Hari and hisfriend Dasu (Avasarala Sreenivas) manage to stay hidden and plan arescue mission.
The rescuers are saddled with a group of Jews who seek their help ingetting to the border.
Kaanche offers this and much more to the hungry tollywood audience, amovie of this canvas and period setting is totally unheard of here, butKrish manages to tell a fine tragic love story set in the period ofworld 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. Poignantscenes such as the Italian girl getting undressed to show the Germansthat she is all alone in the washroom and Das’s lines immediately arean ode to womanhood.
The German officer mercilessly shooting all the unarmed Britishsoldiers and also civilians paints a horrifying picture of the war.
The lines between Radha and Hari are romantic and it is a pity that thelove story was not given enough screen space to grow.
Varun Tej as Hari is impressive especially in the pre climax scenes andalso scenes where he opposes the caste system.
Avasarala Srinivas manages to evoke laughter and at the same time isequally 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 reducesher character to a caricature as most of her emotional lines turn intounintentional funny lines. A woman with that figure is unheard of in1930’s in this side of the world, Krissh should have cast someone fromthe 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 fromunder their younger counterparts.
Dialogues by Sai Madhavi Burra are what drove the movie forward, thedifference between love and like, the role of a woman in the Indianhousehold, the common factor between all the women in the world areexplained quite beautifully in the form of simple dialogues.
Cinematography by Gnanasekhar is excellent and gives the movie aHollywood feel, especially the battle scenes.
Direction by Krish is top notch, though there were instances where themovie lagged, but the subject and the period setting he chose made themovie a winner. A special mention for the beautifully staged battlescenes, actually give you the impression of watching Hollywood WarClassics, proves the fact that given the right budget and properscreenplay and good actors, Tollywood could come up with world classmovies
.only if they could just try.
I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a different fare fromtollywood
This movie revolves around WWII in Italy and a Village in India. In myopinion, this movie is an epic movie in Telugu language which needs tobe celebrated for its rich story, screenplay, direction, dialogues,Background music etc. The war scenes are absolutely stunning and are onpar with the Hollywood movies.
I feel that some of the people who wrote reviews for this movie arelooking for some masala elements which are not there in this movie.There is a philosophical touch even in the comedy in this movie whichmakes you think deeply. I absolutely love such movies which make peoplethink rather than creating mass excitement by having some self praisingmass dialogues in regular Telugu movies.
I did not find a single dull moment in this movie. Director Krrishbrings out emotion in a fantastic way. I would say that this is thebest movie of the season even ahead of Bahubali and definitely way farahead of Rudramadevi and other mass telugu movies. This can be evennominated to the Oscars from India as the Best foreign movie. A saluteto the Director and the Producers of this movie. Want more of this type
We always knew Krish(Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi) as a director who wouldattempt different flicks.But,Kanche is an even better movie compared tohis earlier works.This time,he chose a war drama but still managed toask questions about mankind and discrimination between people based oncaste and nationality.The way he inter-connected the two stories(one invillage in India and other at war zone in Europe)is amazinglybrilliant.The casting was effective as all the actors have done justiceto their roles.Standout performers include VarunTej ad DhoopathiHaribabu and Nikitin Dheer as Eswar Prasad.Light hearted humour fromAvasarala Srinivas Rao as Dasu was an icing on the cake.In particular,Ihave liked the interval bang and climax.Terming Kanche as a differentfilm would be an understatement,it is as good as a film one can expectfrom Krish.
Whoa! Is this the start of a new era? Damn, it is! Hundreds of movieshave come out on the caste system in India, but this one deserves aspecial mention.
A movie with a genuine storyline is hard to find these days, for wehave dried up all our innovation, thanks to the super stardom of ourheroes.
Top the storyline with a brilliant screenplay and we have a masterpiecein making. Though this kind of screenplay is not new in Cinema, it isdefinitely very well used for this sort of cinema. The frequentdeviation from the present to the past with parallel tracks to narratethe different kinds of Kanches (Fence) in the world is just incredible.
Don’t miss the movie! Though it could have been better, it isnevertheless, a great movie with rich values.
We have a new kid on the block – Varun Tej, who has such expressiveeyes, someone worthy to watch out from the Mega Family.
Take a bow, Krish 🙂
super creation by Krissh and the out sanding performance by thecrew…..this movie is something out of the box that telugu industryhas 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 highhopes for him. He is a new actor and it is really nice to see himtrying to act in different films instead of just commercial movies. Ihope he grows much more as an actor. Pragya Jaiswal was really nicetoo. Elegant and beautiful. Music was good. and dialogues better. Storyline was absolutely wonderful. Editing is perfectly done. the song ItuItu is one of my favorites of all time and this song will be in maximumaudio devices of telugu people across the world…
Krishh you rock
As usual Director Krish came up with a really good heart touching storyline, unlike a commercial movie.it’s really a very good attempt, theidea of comparing caste based fights in small villages to world war-2and showing that the thought process was same but only the impact ishigh is very good idea, kudos to the total team.