Anup Bhandari directorial Rajaratha hit the screens worldwide on March 23rd, 2018 and the film was a simultaneous release in Kannada and Telugu. Featuring Nirup Bhandari and Avantika Shetty in the lead roles, Rajaratha received mixed responses from the audiences with many saying the film is paced slowly yet the climax keeps the audiences arrested. The collections from the US shows displayed a steady opening at the box office on day 1 of release and the collections amount stood at approximately $27,000. The Indian box office reports revealed that collections on day 1 of release stood at approximately Rs.1.7 crores in Karnataka and the Telugu states. Rajaratha released in part of Tamil Nadu as well and the collection numbers includes box office numbers from that region as well.
Rajaratha has voiceovers by Puneeth Rajkumar and Rana Daggubati, and will be seen as the bus in the films. Speaking about it, 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.”
Tamil actor Arya made his debut with Rajaratha in Kannada and will be seen playing an intense role in the film. Speaking about this, director Anup Bhandari had said, “He plays a crucial role and we are glad he accepted our offer. He joined the sets last weekend and it has been a pleasure working with him. I can’t talk too much about his role at the moment because then I would be giving away the plot.”