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ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ ಫಸ್ಟ್ ರ್ಯಾಂಕ್ ರಾಜು ಚಿತ್ರದ ಮೂಲಕ ಹೆಸರಾಗಿದ್ದ ಗುರುನಂದನ್ ಮುಖ್ಯಭೂಮಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಚಿತ್ರ ಕನ್ನಡ ಮೀಡಿಯಂ ರಾಜು. ಈ ಚಿತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಿಚ್ಚಾ ಸುದೀಪ್ ಅವರೂ ಒಂದು ಪಾತ್ರ ನಿರ್ವಹಿಸಿ ಹೊಸಬರ ತಂಡಕ್ಕೆ ಉತ್ತೇಜನ ನೀಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಆದರೆ ಮೊನ್ನೆಯಿಂದ ರಾಜ್ಯಾಧ್ಯಂತ ಸದ್ದು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿರೋ ಐಟಿ ರೇಡ್‍ನ ಬಿಸಿ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಣಕ್ಕೂ ತಟ್ಟಿರೋದು ಹೊಸಾ ಸುದ್ದಿ!

ಕಿಚ್ಚಾ ಸುದೀಪ್ ಅವರ ಭಾಗದ ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಣ ನಿನ್ನೆ ಈಗಲ್ಟನ್ ರೆಸಾರ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಗಧಿಯಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಇಡೀ ಚಿತ್ರತಂಡವೇ ಉತ್ಸಾಹದಿಂದ ರೆಡಿಯಾಗಿ ರೆಸಾರ್ಟಿನ ಆವರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ನೆರೆದಿತ್ತು. ಹನ್ನೊಂದು ಘಂಟೆ ಹೊತ್ತಿಗೆಲ್ಲಾ ಸುದೀಪ್ ಕೂಡಾ ಅಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಹಾಜರಾಗಿದ್ದರು. ಆದರೆ ಆ ಹೊತ್ತಿಗೆಲ್ಲಾ ಐಟಿ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಈಗಲ್ಟನ್ ರೆಸಾರ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಪರಿಶೀಲನೆ ನಡೆಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು. ಆದ ಕಾರಣ ಚಿತ್ರ ತಂಡ ಏನೇ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ಪಟ್ಟರೂ ಕೂಡಾ ಒಂದು ಘಂಟೆಗಳ ಕಾಲ ಸುದೀಪ್ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಯಾರನ್ನೂ ಒಳ ಬಿಟ್ಟಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ.

ಕಡೆಗೆ ಚಿತ್ರ ತಂಡ ಬಿಡದಿ ಪೆÇಲೀಸರ ಸಹಕಾರದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಈಗಲ್ಟನ್ ರೆಸಾರ್ಟ್ ಒಳಗಿರೋ ಗಾಲ್ಫ್ ಮೈದಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಣ ಆರಂಭಿಸಿತ್ತು. ಇಷ್ಟೆಲ್ಲ ಆಗುವವರೆಗೂ ತಾಳ್ಮೆಯಿಂದ ಕಾದು ನಂತರ ಸರಿರಾತ್ರಿ ಒಂದು ಘಂಟೆಯವರೆಗೂ ಸುದೀಪ್ ಉತ್ಸಾಗದಿಂದ ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದರು.

ಅಷ್ಟೆಲ್ಲ ಅಡ್ಡಿ ಆತಂಕಗಳು ಬಂದರೂ ಜೊತೆಗಿದ್ದು ತಡ ರಾತ್ರಿಯವರೆಗೂ ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗಿಯಾಗಿ ಪೆÇ್ರೀತ್ಸಾಹಿಸಿದ ಸುದೀಪ್ ಅವರ ನಡೆ ಇಡೀ ಚಿತ್ರ ತಂಡದ ಉತ್ಸಾಹ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸಿದೆ. ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸುದೀಪ್ ಅವರೇ ಟ್ವೀಟ್ ಮಾಡಿ ಅನುಭವ ಹಂಚಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
-7/08/17

1ST RANK RAJU SCORES 100 MARKS
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ST Rank Raju celebrated 100 days of successful run at the box-office and has just released overseas to good response. The film team held a gala celebration at the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall on Monday evening which was all the day of Mahashivaratri.

Pranesha of Gangavati regaled the audiences with his funny one-liners. He said he adored T P Kailasam, Beechi and Rajkumar. He urged the cinema makers to use humour from the literature available so that it entertains the audiences.

Sa Ra Govindu urged film-makers to give more emphasis on story and cited Raju’s success to the story that was told. He urged the government to introduce uniform admission rates for all films in multiplexes and said the ticket prices should be capped at Rs 120 a ticket.

Jaijagadish praised Gurunandan’s hard work and said all the artistes co-operated with the team in making the film successful. Nagathihalli Chandrashekar said he had watched the film as a student and not as a teacher.

Artistes were given away the trophies in the beginning and the technicians were given later. Apoorva Gowda performed to the number Shuru Shuru from the film. Both Apoorva and Tanishka Kapoor looked ravishing and had come dressed for the occasion.

Raghavendra Rajkumar along with his son Vinay were also present. K V Chandrashekar, Thomas D Souza and B M Harish among other personalities were also present. Producers Manjunath, Badrinath and their families played the perfect hosts.

Aparna compered the function.
-8/03/16









1ST RANK RAJU SCORES 75 MARKS AT THE BOX-OFFICE
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st Rank Raju has completed 75 days of successful run at the box-office. It is now running at Kailash theatre and is all set to complete 100 days.

A special show for school kids and college students was organized to celebrate the occasion at Kailash theatre. A cake was cut by the students and distributed by the film unit at the theatre after the show.

Film publicist Nagendra said the film had attracted children of all ages and it was estimated that about one million children had watched the movie all over Karnataka. He said it was after two decades that children in such large numbers were watching the movie.

Producer Manjunath said he was lucky to meet media persons every 25 days and expressed the hope that his team would be able to maintain the same success streak in their forthcoming projects as well. He said 1st Rank Raju will have a worldwide release on March 3.

Director Naresh Kumar said he was thankful to media, people and his producer. He said audiences have taken the movie this far and added that a Kannada film which is not a remake is doing well at the box-office.

He said the team has been getting offers to dub, remake and release the film in other states and overseas. Naresh Kumar said the film will be released overseas next month. He also urged journalists to encourage other newcomers like him.

Gurunandan thanked the media for the support before and after the release of the movie. He said there were initial fears when the film released on whether people will see it or not but that fear has been overcome with the success.

Apoorva Gowda thanked the media for the support extended to the film and said she was nervous from the beginning and about the fate of the movie on the first day of release. She also said she was excited about the film and expressed confidence that she would be able to speak confidently at the movie’s 100-day function.
-9/02/16



1ST RANK RAJU CELEBRATES 50-DAY RUN
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ST Rank Raju is continuing its good run at the box-office and has completed 50 days in 50 theatres across Karnataka. The movie is now getting to be released overseas and also talks are on to remake the movie in other south Indian languages.

The team met to share the success of the movie with the media.

Film publicist Nagendra said people have embraced the movie made by newcomers due to good publicity and good story. Choreographer Gokul hoped that the film would complete its 100 day run. Mandeep Rai said two films Pushpaka Vimana and 1st Rank Raju had given him international recognition.

Music director Kiran Ravindranath thanked the audiences for the encouragement given to newcomers.

Apoorva Gowda said she got a break without any prior experience in acting. She said in fact many newcomers like her got a break through this movie and that everyone wanted a success. She said she is happy to be getting offers for Telugu and Tamil films.

Director Naresh Kumar said 1st Rank Raju was a long-awaited success. He thanked the producers for backing him and his hero Gurunandan for bringing the producer to him. He said he had wanted the film to become a household name which had become true with 1st Rank Raju.

Tanishka Kapoor said she was extremely happy with the success of the movie which she attributed to sheer hard work put in by the team.

Gurunandan’s eyes welled up with tears as he became emotional about the film’s success. He said he was sitting idle at home without any work and was trying to make up his mind whether to go back to serials or try doing a film before the movie happened. He said the film’s success is the producer’s success. He urged the people of the industry to encourage newcomers especially when it comes to allotting theatres for exhibition.

Producer Manjunath made it a point to thank each and everyone associated with the film and its success. He thanked his elder brother Badrinath, his wife and sister-in-law for supporting him in taking to film production. He said director Naresh’s hard work did all the talking as he was a cool customer but never let the producers down.

The producer said he never wanted to compromise on the film’s quality and added that he constantly saw to it that he kept pushing the envelope so that the quality is maintained. He attributed the success to also the music director for making the movie a musical hit.

Vinay Raghavendra Rajkumar also spoke.

Raghavendra Rajkumar said as his father had been saying producers are the people who feed the industry. He lauded the producer and the entire team’s efforts. He said they were just friends but the producers did everything on their own so much so that their effort had paid off with the success of the film. He said distributor Jayanna had also contributed to the film’s success.

Raghavendra Rajkumar said he had watched the movie with the audiences and appreciated the mix and match in casting for the characters in the movie. Finally, he thanked the media for encouraging such a movie and such efforts made by newcomers.
-17/01/16





1ST RANK RAJU COMPLETES 25 DAYS OF RUN
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st Rank Raju has completed 25 days of successful run in more than 80 theatres across Karnataka. The film team shared their happiness with the media.

Producer Manjunath said he was now happy that the film has sustained its successful run as he said he had initial fears that the film would go away after one or two weeks like the other movies. He expressed confidence that the movie will complete 100 days of successful run at the box-office.

He also announced that the same crew will make another film and is in the process of finalizing one of the stories that would start pre-production work.

Pertaining to the sequel for 1st Rank Raju, he said people will have a lot of expectations and so scripting for the sequel will require time.

Director Naresh Kumar said people were talking about the movie and the film is an eyeopener for parents regarding the education system. He said the movie had begun to reach people and hoped that it would penetrate further.

Naresh said work is on readying another script which is yet to be discussed with the producers. He said the new film will have a new theme which will be either a thriller or a romantic subject.

Gurunandan thanked the media, producer and film publicist Nagendra for the response that the film has been drawing. He said it is gratifying that teachers are also watching the movie.

Music composer Kiran said the songs have been appreciated by many, including actor Sudeep, Shivarajkumar and Upendra.

Apoorva thanked the media for helping the movie reach out to audiences. She said the movie had given her a good launch and a fantastic break.

Tanishka Kapoor said she was happy to see the housefull boards outside theatres and added that she didn’t expect the film to do so well.

Chandrashekar thanked Gurunandan for introducing him to the director and the team.

Producer Manjunath also announced that Bheemashankar and Shivaleela who have become proud parents to girl child Nethravathi, born on November 27, will get the education bond from the team after their name was picked from a draw of lots.
-22/12/15


SHIVANNA, UPPI PRAISE 1ST RANK RAJU
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hivarajkumar and Upendra have praised the efforts of 1st Rank Raju team and have evinced interest to watch the movie. However, due to their busy schedules they will not be able to watch the movie together, it is learnt. Both the actors have given their dates to watch the movie, it is believed.

The team of 1st Rank Raju is planning to organize a celebrity show and is trying to put things together for the show. Producer of the movie Manjunath is believed to be weighing options to release the movie outside India from where they have been getting enquiries. It is also learnt that as the team is new to film business they are still studying the economics and logistics of screening the movie outside India.
-10/12/15

AMBARISH PRAISES 1ST RANK RAJU
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eanwhile, Ambarish praised the team of 1st Rank Raju and its director Naresh Kumar who met the former at the KFCC office for the positive response that the film has been drawing from the audiences. Ambarish is reported to have praised the efforts of newcomers in drawing the audiences to the theatres.

Naresh Kumar said a celebrity show of the movie will be organized on Wednesday, Dec 9 in the evening at a mall.  
-4/12/15 

1ST RANK RAJU RUNNING TO PACKED HOUSES
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st Rank Raju is running to packed houses following its release last weekend and is likely to collect Rs 1 to 1.25 crore in the first week. This was announced by the film’s producer Manjunath who also said the movie has got good response from people all over Karnataka. He thanked the media for supporting the movie right from the beginning up to reviews. Manjunath said the film has taken an unexpected good opening given the fact that it has only newcomers in it.

He thanked debutant director Naresh for the terrific comic timing in the movie and added that the movie had no old or stale jokes. Manjunath said songs have been received well and even thanked actor Achyuth Kumar for his support throughtout.   

Director Naresh Kumar said 1st Rank Raju has been liked by the people and media and added that he never expected such an opening for the movie. He said the team expected the film to do well in multiplexes but single screen theatres in B & C centres have reported good collections for the movie.

He said the film has broken all conventions which has been received well. Naresh said the team may take up work on filming a sequel to 1st Rank Raju but added that the story should be even more powerful to sustain interest.

Gurunandan thanked the producer and media and said he had failed in his first film. He wanted a good result for the movie.

Apoorva Gowda said the movie is a stressbuster and that it has provided her a good break. Tanishka Kapoor said she was happy with the response. Chandrashekar said people recognized him after the movie.

Editor Giri Mahesh said he has bagged four new offers but said he was having fever before release.

Achyuth Kumar said the movie is connecting well with the audiences as people are enjoying non-stop laughter without giving the audiences breathing space. He appreciated the entire team for the hard work. However, he said he initially wondered how the film would shape up.

Co-producer Badrinath said they plan to take the movie to the national and international level.
-2/12/15



ಹಾಸ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ದುಷ್ಟ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ತಿವಿಯುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ
ಒಂದು ನವೀರಾದ ಹಾಸ್ಯದ ದಾಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸದ್ಯದ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ತೀವಿಯಬಹುದು, ಜನರ ಮುಂದೆ ಅದರ ಹೂರಣವನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಬಿಚ್ಚಿಡಬಹುದು ಎನ್ನುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ‘ಸ್ಟ್ ರ‌್ಯಾಂಕ್ ರಾಜು’ ಒಂದು ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ. ಈ ಚಿತ್ರ ಅನೇಕ ಕಾರಣಗಳಿಗೆ ಮುಖ್ಯವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಮೊದಲು ಕಾಮಿಡಿ. ಅದನ್ನು ನವೀರಾದ ಹಾಸ್ಯ ಎನ್ನಲು ಸಾ‘್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ. ಸಂ‘ಾಷಣೆ ಡಬ್ಬಲ್ ಮಿನಿಂಗ್ ಅನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಸಾಂದರ್ಭಿಕವಾಗಿ ಅದನ್ನು ಅರ್ಥ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಾ ಹೋದರೆ, ಹೊಟ್ಟೆ ಹುಣಾಗುವಷ್ಟು ನಗು ನಿಮ್ಮದಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ನರೇಶ್ ಕುಮಾರ್  ಹೊಸಬರಾದರೂ, ತಮ್ಮ ಮೊದಲ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಗೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಸದ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಸ್ಯಾಂಡಲ್‌ವುಡ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ಅವಸರದಲ್ಲಿ  ಬರುತ್ತಿರುವ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳು ಜನರ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಹುಸಿಗೊಳಿಸುತ್ತಿವೆ. ‘ಾರಿ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಇದ್ದಾಗಿಯೂ ಸೋಲುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಕಾರಣ, ಕಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿನ ದೋಷ. ಕಲಾವಿದರ ಅಭಿನಯ, ನಿರ್ದೇಶನದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಿಡಿತವಿಲ್ಲದ್ದೂ ಕಾರಣ. ಆದರೆ, ಈ ಸಾಲಿನಿಂದ ‘ಸ್ಟ್ ರ‌್ಯಾಂಕ್ ರಾಜು’ ಭಿನ್ನವಾಗಿ ನಿಂತಿದೆ. ಪ್ರತಿ ವಿ‘ಾಗಗಳಲ್ಲೂ ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನು ಬಿಗಿ ಹಿಡಿತದೊಂದಿಗೆ ತಂದು ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಕಥೆಯ ನಿರೂಪಣೆಗೆ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರು ಹಾಸ್ಯದ ದಾಟಿಯನ್ನು ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡಿರುವುದು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ಲಸ್ ಪಾಯಿಂಟ್. ಇಡೀ ಕಥೆ ಹಾಸ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಸಾಗಿದರೂ, ಸೆಂಟಿಮೆಂಟ್ ಮತ್ತು ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯ ಕ್ರೂರ  ಮುಖಗಳು ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರನ್ನು ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಆಯಾಮಕ್ಕೆ ತಂದು ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸುತ್ತವೆ.

ಹಾಸ್ಯದ ಜತೆಗೆಯೇ, ಇಂಥ ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶಗಳನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟಿ ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸಿರುವ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ಹೆಚ್ಚುಗಾರಿಕೆಯೇ ಹೌದು. ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಹೇಳಿದಂತೆ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಕಥಾವಸ್ತು, ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಗೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದ್ದು. ಶಿಕ್ಷಣವೆಂದರೆ ಇವತ್ತು ಪಕ್ಕಾ ಉದ್ಯಮವೇ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಬಂಡವಾಳ ಹೂಡು, ಹಣ ಮಾಡು ಎನ್ನುವ ನೀತಿಗೆ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಕೂಡ ಹೊರತಾಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಹೀಗೆ ಇವತ್ತು ಪ್ರತಿಷ್ಟಿತ ಜನರೇ ಇದನ್ನು ಉದ್ಯಮವನ್ನಾಗಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಶಿಕ್ಷಣದ ವ್ಯಾಪಾರೀಕರಣಕ್ಕೆ ನಿಂತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಉಳ್ಳವರಿಗೆ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಇವತ್ತು ಜನಜನಿತ. ಇಂಥ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಎಂಥ ಬದುಕನ್ನು ಕಲಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಅಂಕ ಪಡೆಯದ ಮಕ್ಕಳನ್ನು ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಆಡಳಿತ ಮಂಡಳಿಗಳು ಹೇಗೆ ನೋಡುತ್ತವೆ ಎನ್ನುವಂಥ ವಿಚಾರಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಸ್ಯದ ಮೂಲಕವೇ ಗಂಭೀರವಾಗಿ ತೆರೆಗೆ ತಂದಿದೆ ‘ಸ್ಟ್ ರ‌್ಯಾಂಕ್ ರಾಜು ’ಚಿತ್ರ. ಚಿತ್ರದ ನಾಯಕ ರಾಜು ಸ್ಟ್ ರ‌್ಯಾಂಕ್ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿ. ಅಪ್ಪ-ಅಮ್ಮ ಆತನಿಗೆ ಸಿಲಿಬಸ್‌ನ ಆಚೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಕಲಿಯದಂತೆ ನೋಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಾರೆ.

ಬರೀ ಮಗ ರ‌್ಯಾಂಕ್ ಬರುವುದರ ಕಡೆಗೆ ಅವರ ಗಮನ. ಪೋಷಕರ ಆಸೆಗೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ರಾಜು, ಓದಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ಟ್ ರ‌್ಯಾಂಕ್ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಆದರೆ ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ ಜ್ಞಾನವೇ ಗೊತ್ತಿರುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ತರಕಾರಿ ತರಲು ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆಗೆ ಹೋದರೆ, ಹೂವಿನ ಅಂಗಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೂಕೋಸು ಕೇಳುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಅಂಗಡಿಯವಳು ನೀನು ರ‌್ಯಾಂಕ್ ಸ್ಟೂಡೆಂಟ್ ಅಲ್ವಾ? ಎಂದು ಗೇಲಿ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾಳೆ. ಹಾಗೆ, ಆತನ ಬುದಕಿನಲ್ಲೂ ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಬದನೆಕಾಯಿ.ಓದು ಮುಗಿಸಿ, ಉದ್ಯೋಗಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋದರೂ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಅವನಿಗೆ ಕೆಲಸ ಸಿಗೋದಿಲ್ಲ. ಕಾರಣ ಪ್ರಾಕ್ಟಿಕಲ್ ಜ್ಞಾನವೇ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಎನ್ನುವುದನ್ನು ಕಂಪನಿ ಮಾಲೀಕ ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಅವಮಾನಗೊಂಡು ಬರುವ ರಾಜು, ಬದುಕನಲ್ಲಿ ಪೋಷಕರಿಂದಲೇ ಹೊಸ ಅ‘್ಯಾಯ ಶುರುವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಮತ್ತೆ ಪೋಷಕರೇ ಆತನಿಗೆ ಹೊಸ ಪಾಠ ಕಲಿಸಲು ಶುರುಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಅದು ಯಾಂತ್ರಿಕವೆನಿಸಿದಾಗ, ಮನೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಹೊರಟವನಿಗೆ ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಲೋಕದ ಪರಿಚಯವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.

ಅಂಕಗಳನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಪಡೆಯಲಾಗಿಲ್ಲ ಎನ್ನುವ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೆ ಶಾಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅವಮಾನಗೊಂಡ ನಾಲ್ವರು ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ನೀರಿಗೆ ಆತ್ಮಹತ್ಯೆಗೆ ಯತ್ನಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ರಾಜು ಅವರನ್ನು ಕಾಪಾಡಿ, ಶಾಲೆಗೆ ಕರೆದುಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಇವತ್ತಿನ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯ ದುಷ್ಟ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ಮನಮುಟ್ಟುವ ಹಾಗೆ ಬಿಚ್ಚಿದ್ದಾರೆ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ನರೇಶ್. ನಾಯಕ ಗುರುನಂದನ್ ಅದ್ಭುತವಾಗಿ ಅಭಿನಯಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅವರ ಹಾವ‘ಾವಗಳ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೆ ರಾಜು ಪಾತ್ರ ಮೆಚ್ಚುಗೆ ಗಳಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಹಾಗೆಯೇ ನಾಯಕಿ ಅಪೂರ್ವ ಕೂಡ ಕ್ಯೂಟ್ ಆಗಿ ಕಾಣಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅಚ್ಯುತ್ ಕುಮಾರ್, ಸು‘ಾ ಬೆಳವಾಡಿ, ಅನಂತನಾಗ್, ಮನದೀಪ ರಾಯ್, ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ತಮ್ಮ ಪಾತ್ರಗಳಿಗೆ ನ್ಯಾಯ ಒದಗಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಎಲ್ಲಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಮುಖ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಸಾ‘ು ಕೋಕಿಲ ಅಭಿನಯ ಸಖತ್ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಹಾಸ್ಯ ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ತುಂಬಾ ್ರೆಸ್ ಎನಿಸುವುದೇ ಸಾ‘ು ಅಭಿನಯದಲ್ಲಿ. ಹಾಗೆನೆ, ಹಾಡು ಕೂಡ, ಮನಸ್ಸಿಗೆ ಮುದ ನೀಡುತ್ತವೆ. ಪ್ರತಿ ವಿ‘ಾಗಗಳಲ್ಲೂ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕನಿಗೆ ಇಷ್ಟವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.
-28/11/15

1ST RANK RAJU GETS READY FOR NOV 27 RELEASE
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st Rank Raju is getting ready to hit the screens across Karnataka on November 27. The film stars Gurunandan, Apoorva Gowda, Tanishka Kapoor, Anant Nag, Jaijagadish, Mandeep Rai, Achyuth Kumar and Sudha Belawadi among others. The film is produced by Manjunath and directed by Naresh Kumar.

Producer Manjunath told journalists that Anant Nag welcomed his team and said yes to the movie making it a pleasurable experience. He said Jaijagadish had guided them throughout the movie while Mandeep Rai was excellent in his comic timing. Manjunath said Naresh’s narration was so good that he felt that the visuals met the expectations of the narration. He said Amit and Sadhu Kokila’s comical act were superb and also appreciated new choreographer Gokul’s work.

Music composer Kiran Ravindranath said picturisation of songs in the movie had exceeded his expectations and imagination.

Anant Nag said he liked the story and his role in the movie. He said comedy films have never failed and expressed the hope that Gurunandan’s career will bloom. He said Gurunandan carried the role so well and that he has expressive eyes.

Director Naresh Kumar said he had written many exams but he was nervous about this exam (release) and the result.

Jaijagadish said the movie has been picturised well. He said it is good to see Anant Nag in serious and comic roles.

Mandeep Rai said he never felt that the movie was being made by beginners. He said he plays a college principal in an enjoyable role.

Gurunandan said he was never a rank student but waiting for the release is like writing an IAS exam and waiting for the result.

Apoorva Gowda said she was nervous about her first film release and Tanishka Kapoor said the movie is a debut vehicle for many. Chandrashekar said he was lucky to have acted with Anant Nag in a scene.

Producer Manjunath’s brother Badrinath said Gurunandan pushed them to make this movie and Guru’s efforts have fructified in getting the family into film business. He said the family was not for making money. He said there was a lot of passion in the team.\
-24/11/15



1st RANK RAJU RELEASING ON NOV 27
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ST Rank Raju will release on November 27 all over Karnataka through Jayanna Combines who will distribute the movie.

Director Naresh told journalists that his dream of four years is finally being realized with the movie 1st Rank Raju getting ready to hit the screens on November 27. He said he was unsure whether the movie will be made at all or for that matter whether it will see a release. But, he said the producer saw to it that the movie was made well as he had a good taste for cinema.

Raghavendra Rajkumar said 1st Rank Raju is an entertaining movie in the last 10 years.

Naresh said the film has a message and is a comedy that will be enjoyed by all sections of the audiences. He thanked Raghavendra Rajkumar for supporting the movie and being with the team in the film’s promotion.

The debutant director said the film had got a ‘U’ certificate with no cuts and now the movie will reach to all sections of the audiences especially students, teachers and parents.

Producer Manjunath said Raghavendra Rajkumar had been a strong pillar to the film. He said a tableau of the movie will travel across Karnataka and create awareness among the students by holding debates in colleges about education.

He also announced that the production team will sponsor the education of a child that will be born on November 27. The child will be selected through a lucky dip. He said parents can register by whatsapp on 7846888805. The selected child will get a bond certificate worth Rs 2 lakh that can be encashed for education once the child attains the age of 18.

Gurunandan who is playing the lead role of Raju said he was tensed and curious about the film’s release. He said the film is entertaining without any double entendre. All the cast and crew are newcomers including the producer and director, he said.

Apoorva said she is happy she is playing the female lead in her first film which she got through audition. She said she could relate to the role and the script as she had seen many Rajus in her dentistry course that she is pursuing. Apoorva said she is now ready to do new movies and added that 1st Rank Raju was a good learning experience.

Tanishka Kapoor who spoke in Kannada said she was happy with the response that the movie has been getting before its release.

Artistes Chandan and Amit also spoke. Amit said guys and parents alike should see the movie.

Editor Mahesh said it is his first film. Kiran Ravindranath has scored the music.
-8/11/15






1ST RANK RAJU AUDIO RELEASED
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aghavendra Rajkumar released the audio of the forthcoming film 1st Rank Raju at a plush multiplex in Bengaluru on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion he said he has watched the movie in which every scene is paisa vasool. He praised the director for striking a good balance in the subject by not targeting parents, teachers and students.

He said producers didn’t know a thing about movie making but they had learnt everything from scratch proving that youngsters can do it.

Raghavendra Rajkumar said he could proudly say that 1st Rank Raju is his film. Sadhu Kokila has done a different kind of comedy with the screenplay being quite good. He appealed to all the audiences to watch the movie.

Vinay Rajkumar said the film has good comedy with a good message.

Lyricist Jayanth Kaikini said it was difficult to write lyrics if the tune was good. He said the film 1st Rank Raju has novelty value.

Director Naresh said the film subject is fresh, new and it is their first attempt at making something like this. He said the promo was made first and then the production was started as producers were impressed by the promo.

Ashwin who has penned a song said he attempted writing a song thinking what Yogaraj Bhat would have written and thus the pen fell into his hands.

Music composer Kiran Ravindranath said the movie has six songs. There’s a title song, a love song, an experimental song, a montage rock-based song and a soft romantic number in the album.

Tanishka Kapoor who is playing the second lead said she is looking forward to good wishes from all. Apoorva who is playing the female lead also spoke. Gurunandan who is playing the title role of Raju said he enjoyed support from the entire team especially the producer and director.

Producer Manjunath also spoke.
-30/08/15

1ST RANK RAJU’ COMPLETES SHOOT
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ST Rank Raju, a college based subject has completed its shoot under the direction of debutant Naresh Kumar. The film stars newbies Gurunandan, Apoorva and Tanishka Kapoor.

Addressing reporters, director Naresh Kumar said the film is a college-based subject with Raju as the protagonist (played by Gurunandan) being a bookworm and a textbook person with no or little common sense that is required to live in the world.

He said the film is a funny take on what we hear in our homes about studying from the textbook. He said education comes in all forms and even from the world and people living amidst us.

Producer Manjunath said he never expected that the film would complete its shoot so soon. The film has finished shooting in 46 days with 90 percent of the work happening in Bengaluru and the remaining in Manali and Chikkamagaluru.

Gurunandan said his portrayal as a rank student is rather funny and hilarious in the movie. He said there was a lot of pressure from the parents to get their children educated and become rankholders. Every individual and child has some talent which cannot be equated with the scores that he scores in the examinations, he said.

Gurunandan said he got involved in the story by taking on a new look to suit the character that he plays.

Music composer Kiran Ravindranath said he has given six tunes which will go with the experimental theme of the movie.

Tanishka Kapoor said she plays an introvert in the college and said that the film is a package that talks about what the youths go through in their lives.

Apoorva, who is a dental student said she had seen a number of bookworms in her college and that the film was a great learning experience for her as she didn’t have theatre experience as well. She said she overcame initial nervousness with the help of the director.

Praveen Kumar has worked as a cinematographer for the first time independently.

Chandru and Amit also spoke briefly about their roles.

Senior actor Mandeep Rai said he had been with the team from the beginning and that he liked their enthusiasm and professionalism which did not suggest that they were newcomers. He said he also liked Sadhu Kokila’s role in the movie.
-13/06/15

FIRST RANK RAJU…MUTHAPPA RAI CLAP
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s it enough you have knowledge derived from books in studies and obtain first rank in academics? That’s not enough. You need to shoulder life in society and use brain.

What happens to one who is just first rank in studies? That is told comically by Naresh making debut as director and Manjunath a granite merchant as producer.

‘First Rank Raju…Vidye 100% and Buddi 0%’ was clapped by former don and social servant Muthappa Rai, respected Raghavendra Rajakumar was present with his wife Smt Mangala to switch on the camera.

The trailer of the film was thoroughly enjoyable and it looked half of the film is told. This portion is used for the song number in the film. There are some more things says director Naresh. Telling the screenplay in humor touch is the thought of director Naresh. Hindi film ‘3 Idiots’ character Raju is the main inspiration for director.

Gurunandan of Cyber Yugadol….thanked producer for giving good support. He is last bench student in college. Apoorva third year Dentist student is main heroine. My role is what every girl wants to relate she says. Tanushka and Chandru is another pair in the film. There is ‘Chotu’ Master Chinmayi a 2nd standard student of St Marks School.

Girish is editing the film, Kiran is music director of his third film, Praveen is cameraman for this film.
-17/10/14

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