annada film Kirik Party released last weekend has grossed Rs 6 crore during the first four days, according to distributor Pushkar. He told reporters on Tuesday that the film which was released in more than 130 theatres across Karnataka is expected to collect Rs 9 crore to 10 crore during the first week.

He said Kirik Party was running to full houses in theatres of Bengaluru such as Navrang, Kamakya and Anupama besides theatres in North Karnataka of Ballari, Gulbarga, Raichur and Hubballi-Dharwad. He said people have come out of demonetization effect as collections in single screen theatres have also recovered.

Pushkar said the song which was removed due to objection raised by Lahari Music and the court is now back playing in the theatres since Monday following the court’s intervention. He said as per the court order a sum of Rs 10 lakh has been deposited with the court and also allowed the song to be shown.

Pushkar said plans are afoot to release the film outside the state and overseas. He said Kannada cinema wouldn’t have been in this sorry state had the earlier producers taken initiative to market Kannada films outside the state.

Rakshit Shetty said Kirik car has also become famous and gave credit to director Rishab Shetty for filming his story well. He said 25 percent share of the film’s collections will go to the technicians and the artistes.

Director Rishab Shetty thanked the media for the support.   

Rashmika Mandanna thanked the team for choosing to cast newcomers in the movie and taking the risk.

e are back to the college campus. Telugu director Shekhar Kammula had made Happy Days which was refreshing. Director Rishabh Shetty has chosen to go on a similar path and Rakshit Shetty has been telling that Kirik Party will be a stylish film and it does end up being one.

College stories have been mostly related to naughtiness and ragging but Rishabh Shetty has broken the convention and has given the audiences a comic relief. The first half is breezy and entertaining with the fun element taking centre stage. The hero is in love with his senior in the engineering college but the girl does not reciprocate until it comes to a stage. The story takes a turn with the death of the heroine Saanvi (Rashmika Mandanna) and turns emotional. The audiences’ expectations are belied after Saanvi’s death under mysterious circumstances as the story takes a fresh turn.

As the hero becomes a final year student, a junior Arya (Samyukta Hegde) falls for him. He sees an emotional anchor in her. The film turns serious when the hero goes in search of himself. Rakshit seems to have given a lot of thought to the screenplay at this point. One can see flashes of Ulidavaru Kandante and its brilliance as he gives every scene different dimensions.

Rakshit Shetty is himself in the film and is turning to be a natural actor. Rashmika’s eyes sparkle and attracts the audiences attention. Samyukta Hegde is a surprise package as she is able to tickle audiences with her enthusiasm.

Director Rishabh has used cinema as an effective technical medium. Ajneesh Lokanath’s music and Karam Chawla’s camera work are splendid. Kirik Party is worth watching for all the fun and is a trip down nostalgia for those who want to revisit their college days!

arely two days before the film’s release, Rakshit Shetty-starrer Kirik Party had landed itself into trouble as Lahari Music objected to the release of the film alleging that the tune of the film’s song ‘Hey Who Are You’ has been copied from their song Madhya ratrili from Shanti Kranti.

Now, decks are cleared for the release of the film as the film will release without the song. Lahari Music had obtained an interim injunction against the film’s release as it alleged that their copyright over the tune had been violated.

Lahari Music has however gone on record to say that they have no objection to the release of Kirik Party if the makers remove the song from the film.

The film’s director Rishab Shetty, however, said they had received a copy of the court order and so the song has been cut. He said the film will release without the song. He also said that they will argue against the order as the song was meant to be a tribute to actor V Ravichandran and Hamsalekha and not meant to violate the copyright that the audio company holds over the tune. 

Kirik Party film’s trailer has garnered more than three lakh views within two days of its launch and the song Belagageddu has crossed 2.2 million views on Youtube before the film’s release – both the feats being records in Kannada cinema. 

annada film ‘Kirik Party’, a college campus story will release in about 120 theatres all over Karnataka on Dec 30. The film is being distributed by Jayanna Combines. The film is directed by Rishabh Shetty and it stars Rakshit Shetty, Rashmika Mandanna and Samyukta Hegde.

The film is produced by G S Gupta from Dubai who has put in 50 percent of the investment and the remaining has been put by Rakshit Shetty. Pushkar who produced Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu has bought a 30 percent share in the film’s collections by paying upfront a fee. The film’s artistes and technicians have worked for free without taking any remuneration. However, 70 percent of the box-office returns will go to the producer and the remaining 30 percent will go to the artistes. Until the film breaks even the returns will go to Pushkar.

Director Rishabh Shetty told journalists on Tuesday that the film was shot for 72 days and added that the trailer and the songs of the movie had elicited good response. He said the film is based on Rakshit Shetty’s story. The director said the film has 10 songs out of which six of them are on Youtube. He said the remaining songs will be released along with the film’s release.

Rakshit Shetty said Param Studios was started four or five years back with an intention to produce short films. Now, he said Kirik Party will be the first full-length feature film produced under the banner.

Samyukta Hegde said she never aspired to get into films to begin with as she wanted to become a dancer. But, she said she agreed to be part of the film as she had enough scope for performance in the movie. Samyukta said she is considering taking up acting as a full-time career option. Rashmika Mandanna said the film has come out well due to the efforts of everyone.

Dhananjaya has written the lyrics, dialogues and has also acted in the movie. Pramod Shetty is also in the cast.  

pendra launched the trailer of Rakshit Shetty upcoming film Kirik Party at a function in Bengaluru. The film is directed by Rishabh Shetty and it stars Rashmika Mandanna and Samyukta in lead roles alongside Rakshit Shetty who is also one of the producers of the movie.

Upendra said the film targeted at the youth is a college kirik story and wished the team that the film be a big hit.

Music composer Ajneesh Lokanath said the film has nine songs and that the film has more emphasis on music. He said the film will remind people of their college days. The film has comedy, sentiment including college pranks and fun. 

Rashmika Mandanna said it was a good experience to work in her first movie. Samyukta said she had some memorable moments while working in the movie which was quite an unforgettable experience for her.

Director Rishabh Shetty said heroines were selected after auditioning 2,500 girls. He said two of them were selected from them. Dhananjaya has penned the dialogues and a couple of songs. The film has completed 40 days of shoot and is now revving up for a release, he said.

Rakshit Shetty said the film is a college story and expressed his happiness about Upendra’s presence who he felt was Rakshit’s inspiration and many other youngsters. He said Upendra has been an inspiration for many to come to cinema.   

akshit Shetty has turned producer with his latest romantic comedy film Kirik Party, a film that mounted the sets recently. However, the actor who has written the story for Kirik Party will not be directing it as he had earlier done with Ulidavaru Kandante, his directorial debut. Rishabh Shetty who made Ricky recently is directing Kirik Party.

Rakshit Shetty told reporters that he had written the story and screenplay for Kirik Party before Ulidavaru Kandante. Kirik Party, he said, will be based on incidents that happen in a college campus. He said the clashes between the new students and the old ones and the emotional moment of parting will be part of the film. He said after auditioning more than 2,000 girls two of them were selected to play the female leads of the movie.

Director Rishabh Shetty said the funny elements that they encountered as engineering students will be part of the film without specifying other details about the movie. He said technicians were investing 50 percent of their remuneration into the making of Kirik Party. He said the film will be shot in Bengaluru, Hassan and Sakleshpura.  

Rashmita Mandanna who is playing one of the female leads said she plays a subtle and a matured character in her debut movie. She said she plays a writer in the movie.

Samyukta Hegde said she plays a tomboyish character which is close to her real self in her first movie. She said she signed the movie because of Rakshit and Rishabh.

Cinematographer Karm Chawla who worked with Rakshit in Ulidavaru Kandante said it was coming together of the same team in Kirik Party.

Gajendra Singh Gupta is the other producer of the movie. Sachin is  the editor. Santosh Radhakrishna has designed the title poster for the movie. Ajneesh Loknath will be scoring the music in the movie which will have seven songs.

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