Banner: First Frame Entertainment
Cast: Varun Tej, Pragya Jaiswal, Nikitin Dheer, Srinivas Avasarala, Gollapudi, Shavukaru Janaki , Satyam Rajesh, Posani
Dialogues: Sai Madhav Burra
Music: Chirantan Bhatt
Lyrics: Sirivennela Seetharama Sasthri
Editing: Suraj Jagtap, Rama Krishna Arram
Producers: Saibabu Jagarlamudi, Y. Rajeev Reddy
Written and directed by: Krish
Release Date: 22 October 2015
Touted to be the India’s first World War movie in Telugu movie, does “Kanche” live up to all the buzz it generated pre-release? Let’s find out..
The story is set in 1940’s in Devarakonda and in Europe. Dhoopati Hari Babu (Varun Tej), belonging to lower middle class of the society is good at studies. He meets Seetha Devi (Pragya Jaiswal) at his Madras college who also studies in the same college. Seetha Devi’s brother Eeshwar (Nikitin Dheer), a commander in Indian Royal Army. Hari Babu deputed as soldier is fighting as part of the allied forces against Hitler under where, Eeshwar is the commanding officer of his troupe.
What happened in the past and the present tale of Haribabu’s great rescue mission in Germany forms rest of the story.
Varun Tej: Varun Tej as soldier and young guy in 1940’s is suited well to the character. He has shown lot of maturity as an actor. He is believable as the fearless soldier and lover. There is confidence in his performance compared to his first movie Mukunda.
Praggya and Others: Praggya is good looking and also can act. Scenes between the lead pair are conceived very well. Praggya did justice to her role and will surely win hearts as Seethagaru. Nikitin is good as the antagonist. Gollapudi Maruti Rao and Shaokar Janaki added value to the film. Srinivas Avasarala provided much needed relief amidst heavy war episodes. Avasarala tries to provide some laughs in the war zone with his timely satires.
Senior actors Gollapudi and Shavukaru Janaki have done justice to their roles. Satyam Rajesh, Posani, Singeetam in their brief roles are good.
Terrific war sequences and excellent making values shine through the film. V S Jnana Sekhar’s frames are not only richly beautiful, even the visual treat of war sequences is in world class range. Technically the movie is very sound. Art design and visual effects are perfect.
Music is mixed bag, while background score serves the mood of the movie, songs are in old style. Editing is neat. Action choreography especially the war scenes in Georgia are first rate.
Director Krish who is known to make films that touch upon issues that deal with human relations and the circumstances that mould them, tries to recreate the war-time setting. To that extent he is totally successful. Krish talks of how love is nothing less than war with the world creating very many barriers in the name of caste, religion, region, etc. Love story and war episodes run parallel in an interestingly written screenplay.
This is quite a different story, never attempted on Telugu screen, for sure. Sticking true to the story, Krish narrates the movie in serious manner, not including any necessary tracks.
i-Say: A Brilliant film that shows the relation of “A Kanche Between Love & War.”