Release Date : Oct 22,2015
Kanche (aka) Kaanche review

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Production: Saibabu Jagarlamudi, Y. Rajeev Reddy
Cast: Pragya Jaiswal, Varun Tej
Direction: Krish
Screenplay: Krish
Story: Krish
Music: Chirantan Bhatt
Background score: Chirantan Bhatt
Cinematography: Gnanasekhar V.S
Dialogues: Sai Madhav Burra
Editing: Rama Krishna Arram, Suraj Jagtap

Director Krish, known for his works like Vedam, Vaanam and Gabbar Is Back, is back in the fray with a socio-war story, Kanche, which stars Varun Tej and Pragya Jaiswal in the lead roles. The trailer has generated an astounding amount of curiosity but is the cake worth the candle? Glance down the review to know it!

Kanche takes us back to the pre-independence era, to be precise, to world war II, a period when India was still under the English regime; a war where close to 100 thousand Indians were butchered.

You don’t get to see too many Indian films being made on war, especially South Indian industry hasn’t made many. Even the ones that have been made have not made a huge impact, especially with it comes to battle scenes. But that is where Kanche scores big time. The war sequence looks authoritative and intriguing. It travels throughout and the intensity has been maintained right through.

In the course of 120 minutes, the film talks about the then reigning caste system issues glazed with an incident which takes place on the battlefield. On one side the protagonist who falls in love with an upper caste women fights for his love against the caste driven society and on the other side, he shows extreme guts on the battlefield, challenges himself on a mission to save his troupe and particularly his brother-in-law who is kept hostage by the Nazis. Both the stories travel back and forth. How the director knots both these stories with some power packed dialogues is the major USP of Kanche.

For an actor who is just one film old, a war drama like Kanche could be a huge load to tote. But Varun Teja leaps around with tremendous energy and one could say he has done full justice to the role. Coming from Chiranjeevi’s family, one might expect him to choose a massier route to stardom. But to do a film like Kanche at this point of his career is very commendable. Other actors too have played their parts well without overdoing it.

The film has its share of pitfalls and flaws as well. It could get a little melodramatic at places. The caste system issues could sound cheesy at times, especially when it trails after some powerful thought provoking dialogues at the battlefield. The songs and the BGM are another backbone to the film, but Nijamenani Nammani song’s placement comes in for question as it acts as a speed-breaker.

On the whole Kanche is a well-made social-war film packed with some of the best dialogues you could get. However, its presentation could have been better.

Verdict: A commendable attempt!
( 3.0 / 5.0 )


Kanche (aka) Kaanche

Kanche (aka) Kaanche is a Telugu movie with production by Saibabu Jagarlamudi, Y. Rajeev Reddy, direction by Krish, cinematography by Gnanasekhar V.S, editing by Rama Krishna Arram, Suraj Jagtap. The cast of Kanche (aka) Kaanche includes Pragya Jaiswal, Varun Tej.