The 77th anniversary of World War II is being observed today. CityTab spoke to director Krish Jagarlamudi whose film ‘Kanche’ is set in the backdrop of the war

Varun Tej in 'Kanche'


September 1, 1939 marked the beginning of World War II, the most widespread war in the history of the planet, claiming the lives of more than 60 million people. India played a crucial role in the war, where over 2.5 million Army personnel fought in Africa, Europe and Asia, making it the largest volunteer Army of World War II. 

Director Krish Jagarlamudi, known for realistic cinema, has used this backdrop to narrate his upcoming flick ‘Kanche’. As the trailer suggests, the movie is a love story starring Varun Tej in the lead. He plays a soldier who fights against the Axis. Newbie Pragya Jaiswal plays his love interest and the movie will open in cinemas on October 2.

Speaking exclusively to Hans Talkies, Krish explains, “This is a period drama which has never been explored in South Indian cinema. More than 2.5 million Indian soldiers were part of the war and none have portrayed the Indian perspective. “The movie speaks about friendship and how fences (title of the movie) have ruined it.”

Most of the movie has been shot in Georgia and Krish wanted to ensure that everything, right from costumes to weapons, remained authentic and reminded about the period. “We shot in that country for a month-and-a-half. The production setup was massive. We hired real weapons including tiger tanks which were used in the war. 

We also hired the services of local talent. It was an amazing experience,” said an enthusiastic Krish.“The movie comes across as an epic love saga and I have tried to balance the story between fact and fiction,” concluded the director.

By:P Krishnamurthy