Rajaratha, directed by Anup Bhandari, is also releasing in Telugu as Rajaratham and has his brother Nirup Bhandari playing the lead role. Said to be a comic story, Rajaratha also features veteran artist Ravi Shankar in an important role while Avantika Shetty will be playing the leading lady in it. Rajaratha is a bilingual with a simultaneous release in Telugu as well and the film has voice-overs and special cameos by Puneeth Rajkumar in Kannada and Rana Daggubati in Telugu. Slated for release today, Rajaratha is said to have gotten record number of theatres in the US and will be the biggest ever release for Anup in his career. It is being reported that Rajaratha has grabbed more than 750 screens across the US and is competing hard with Telugu film MLA which is one of the biggest release in Tollywood this week.
I don’t think I was this nervous even when Rangitaranga released. The amount of effort put in surpasses anything I have ever done before. I thank my producers Jollyhits, team & family for their amazing support. Starting today Rajaratha will be yours. Hope you enjoy the ride 🙏 pic.twitter.com/vjVCuZXTSt
— Anup Bhandari (@anupsbhandari) March 23, 2018
Speaking about the film, director Anup Bhandari had said recently, “Rajaratha is a bus in the film, for which Puneeth Rajkumar has given the voiceover. When one thinks of Puneeth, you automatically associate ‘Raja’ with him. Also, he is the ratha (vehicle) of the film. Usually, voiceovers are in a serious voice, like Amitabh Bachchan, but we wanted a fun voiceover for this fun film, like the ones Tom Hanks and Robbie Williams do for Hollywood films. And Puneeth was the first choice since his voice is fun and high on energy.”
Rajaratha started off to be made only in Kannada but it was producers wish, Anup said, that made them make it as bilingual in Telugu as well. “That wasn’t my choice. The producers suggested we make it a bilingual. Initially, I refused, but when they said that it would widen our audience base and that we would get a bigger budget if we made it in Telugu as well, I agreed,” Anup explained.