After the colossal success of their debut venture, Rangitaranga, the happening Bhandari brothers, Nirup & Anup, have come back yet again with another interesting project. Titled as Rajaratha, the movie has released in Kannada and Telugu with an ensemble cast.
The trailer of Rajaratha/Rajaratham has received widespread adulation from the respective audiences and seems to be an intriguing and an engaging package. Is the movie as promising as the trailer? Let’s find out.
Actors: Nirup Bhandari, Avantika Shetty, P. Ravishankar, Arya, Vinaya Prasad, Sruthi Hariharan, Puneeth Rajkumar (Voiceover in Kannada Version), Rana Daggubati (Voiceover in Telugu Version)
Directed By: Anup Bhandari
Music: Anup Bhandari & B. Ajaneesh Lokanath
Producer: Ajay Reddy, Vishu Dakappagari, Anju Vallabh & Sathish Sastry
Banner: Jolly Hits
Cinematography: William David
Two different stories run parallel to coincide at a certain point. Abhi (Nirup) and Megha (Avantika), college mates, travel to Chennai in a bus named Rajaratha with various other folks with vivid characteristics. The story involves young rebel fascist leader named Vishwa (Arya), who works with the ruling government, has a huge task up his sleeve to be completed.
It is an interesting combination of a love story laced with an intense political line. How are these characters interlinked?
Upside & Downside
Puneeth Rajkumar’s voiceover
Interesting editing pattern
Lagging at parts
Too many characters in the second half
Slight lack of entertainment quotient
Nirup Bhandari is definitely a star in the making. He is charming, oozes talent with his acting and is also a great dancer. He is exuberant in Rajaratha, much contrast to his previous flick, Rangitaranga.
Avantika Shetty is equally good and scores high with her performance. Arya as Vishwa, the antagonist of the flick is good.
Vinaya Prasad and Ravishankar are amazing and it’s a treat to watch them in their respective roles. Vinaya Prasad once again proves that she is a huge bundle of talent and Ravishankar doesn’t need any special mention.
It is, however, Powerstar Puneeth Rajkumar’s voiceover which locks the audience to their seats with an extra dose of entertainment.
Rajaratha, is technically sound and there is literally not a single department which goes down with its quality. Editing is one key asset of the movie as it has employed an interesting approach. Music is endearing while the art direction is eye-soothing.
The story by Anup Bhandari is good but it’s the screenplay which hangs a bit low. If only the screenplay of Rajaratha was a bit more engaging than the actual output, then the movie’s prospect would have been at a different elevation. Final Verdict It’s a decent watch if you go without big expectations. Do not go in as a Rangitaranga fan.