If you have graduated in Andhra Pradesh, there are high chances that the ugly snake called ‘Casteism’ would have reared its head at one time or the other. That probability would exceed by notches if you happen to stay in a hostel.
The casteism is, at once, the greatest and the lowest types of segregation at a hostel. Lowest because it starts with being a North Indian or a South Indian. Greatest, because groups are made on the basis of castes and that segregation is actually huge.
That reminds of a hilarious incident from college. So, one caste dominated in our college and the college was segregated on the basis of that caste and anti-caste (anybody not belonging to the majority caste had to owe their allegiance to this group). Because the segregation itself was based on castes, the anti-caste itself had many sub-groups. One such group was named ‘Kobra’, because the constituent castes never had people to fight as one group, but as a combined group gave them power and a say. I will leave it to your imagination as to the constituent castes of that group.
Tollywood suffers from an affliction. An affliction that’s called ‘inspiration’! If there’s a blockbuster, a lot more movies will weave their tales similar to that of the blockbuster. If you have some connections and want to divert from the path often taken, you will be hailed as a ‘different’ director, regardless of how well made the movie was.
Krish, the director of this movie belongs to the latter category. He debuted with a good movie – Gamyam. It was a good movie and found box-office success as well. His next two movies were, Vedam and Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum. Both the films had their drawbacks. Somehow, with these two movies, it felt as if Krish was thrusting the ‘feel good’ factor on us.
Kanche, doesn’t suffer from those illusions and makes its point clearly. A lot of credit can be given to Krish for juxtaposing World war sequences and the caste divide in a village. The allegory that divide exists everywhere and human beings should remain human is brought out brilliantly in a few sequences – it helps that he had an able actor in Srinivas Avasarala to carry out some of the scenes.
It has already been said that Krish makes movies different from the run of the mill. That doesn’t automatically qualify as a good movie. In fact, Vedam and Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum began well and petered out towards the end. Why? Probably the lack of clarity in the director. While Vedam didn’t veer from the ‘I -want- it- to- be- called- a- good- movie’ syndrome, Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum had veered so much from the what he wanted to say.
Krish can probably claim that he has come of age with Kanchi. There are no diversions from the subject. It’s laudable how he magnifies the problem at a village level to the world at large. An indicator of how well he has developed as a director is seen in how he peels the story before us. While in other movies, they would be called Interval bang, pre-climax twist and etc, here it appears as a part of the story and hits us hard.
He shot the war sequences well and the kind of narration he has in the movie is good. Once you see the movie, you would feel that the casting was perfect in the movie.
The movie would have ended up as an average fare if not for the dialogues. Some of them, when heard properly, ask of you to go on a soul-searching trip. Sai Madhav Burra has climbed a few rungs of the ladder with this movie.
While it would be premature to judge the acting capabilities of Varun Tej from the couple of movies he has acted in, his choice of scripts is laudable. He has come some way from Mukunda. While he had a place to hide behind Rao Ramesh in Mukunda, he has nowhere to hide here. He is out in the open and acquaints himself well.
Pragya Jaiswal, in her debut movie in Telugu, will have a reason to be disappointed. While her character itself is raised to the pedestal, she doesn’t have a lot to do in the movie. The makeup she had in the movie is something that will elicit laughter than appreciation.
Gollapudi Maruti Rao has got a good role after Rowdy Fellow and does well. Nikitin Dheer acted well as the antagonist in the movie. Srinivas Avasarala is the one who provides comic relief as well as philosophical undertone to the movie. In a scene where a native lady saves them from the Nazi forces shows the spectrum of Srinivas Avasarala as an actor and the ability of Krish as a director
Verdict : A good movie which deserves more reach what it has. A movie that tells us that a good product will always be on hand if everyone associated with the movie strives for it
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