Filmmaker Krish said that the makers spent a fortune on his forthcoming Telugu romantic war drama Kanche, which he describes as the most ambitious project he has attempted in his career so far.
The filmmaker, who has been in the industry for seven years, claims Kanche to be Telugu cinema's first film on World War. (Also Read: Kanche Trailer is 'Very Impressive,' Says SS Rajamouli)
"We've spent a lot of money on this project. It's the most ambitious film of my career. I've been thinking of doing this film for three and a half years and I'm glad it finally happened," Krish told IANS.
The film is a love story set against the backdrop of World War II.
"World War II started 75 years ago, claiming the lives of over 50 million people. This film touches upon love and war. It focuses on the contribution of Indian soldiers in World War II, while presenting a macro and micro perspective about love," he said.
The film which stars Varun Tej, Srinivasa Avasarala and debute actress Pragya Jaiswal is co-produced by Saibabu Jagarlamudi and Y Rajeev Reddy.
Talking about the inspiration behind the film, the director said: "The title means 'fences' in English. Just like how countries are segregated by fences, people in love are also segregated by things like language, community and so on".
"I'm using fence as the theme to understand war, friendship and love profoundly. In my opinion, every love story is like a war," he said.
The action sequences in the movie, which were shot in Georgia, feature heavy machinery and weapons that were used in the war.
"We shot there for over a month. We had to keep everything as realistic as possible. Hence, we hired soldiers from different ethnic groups for the battle sequences, used real guns and tanks that were actually used in the war," he said.
Kanche, according to the director, will narrate World War II from the Indian perspective.
"Varun plays the role of an Indian soldier Dhupati Hari Babu, who fought against Germany. Over two million Indian soldiers were part of the war, but sadly their contribution was never brought to the limelight. One of the highlights of the film will be a battle sequence that will unfold in Sector 1551, near the border of Italy," he said.