Director Kanishk Varma reveals the story behind his next movie Sanak, lead by Vidyut Jammwal

Director Kanishk Varma’s next movie ‘Sanak – Hope under Siege’ features Vidyut Jammwal, Rukmini Maitra, Neha Dhupia and Chandan Roy Sanyal.

Kanishk Varma says he got his inspiration from real-life incidents and a book by a popular author Vince Flynn for his upcoming action thriller, Sanak.

Varma hopes to change the game in the action-entertainment space. This intriguing story unfolds in a hospital under siege. He also says, “It is a popular genre in the West but, it is hard to crack it.”


Kanishk also adds his movie ‘Sanak’ idea came to him during the lockdown last year.

Varma says, “I was working on something else which involved going to four to five continents, and then lockdown happened. So I thought of taking up something which is production-friendly and which I can do within an enclosed space.”

He further adds, “I have always been a fan of ‘Die Hard’ which is a genre in itself. Films like ‘Speed’ and ‘Air Force One’ are actually ‘Die Hard’ on a bus and airplane, respectively. It just became a genre in itself.”

“Similarly, there are a lot of real-life incidents in ‘Sanak. That we have taken and a lot of books by popular author Vince Flynn that I got inspired from.”

Furthermore, Kanishk also shares that he didn’t want his action sequence movie to look repetitive. So they designed it differently.

He says in the scene, Vidyut is seen fighting, “in a hospital set up, in the MRI room, physiotherapy room, aqua therapy room, using the magnetic pull of the machine to disarm the people.”

“While we were designing action sequences for the film, I was pretty clear that it should be an old Hong Kong style of action, similar to Hollywood action superstars like John Woo and what people saw in the movie ‘John Wick’. Sanak features ballet kind of action.”

Varma also credited Vidyut for making the action scenes look so easy in the film.

He adds, “with Vidyut, it becomes easy to shoot. Because he is such a brilliant martial artist in his own right. I think we have done a good job and we have tried to keep all the emotions, thrill, and intrigue possible in the movie along with great action.”

‘Sanak – Hope Under Siege’ is presented by Zee Studios in an association. With Sunshine Pictures Pvt Ltd and will be streaming from October 15 on Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex. It is a Vipul Amrutlal Shah production.