angitaranga, a Kannada mystery thriller film is celebrating its 25th week of successful run at the box-office. The team celebrated the occasion in a simple way by distributing mementos to the film’s technicians without much ado.

Executive producer of the movie Sudhakar Bhandari who also hosted the proceedings said the film’s successful run is a unique feeling and a cause for celebration. He said the team was scared if the film would even run for 25 shows but the movie weathered competition from big blockbusters and triumphed at the box-office thanks to the audiences and the media.

Cinematographer William David who worked with Lance Kaplan said he never expected the film to become successful. The success of the film he said is a result of burning the midnight oil. Editor Praveen Joyappa said director Anup Bhandari did not compromise on quality. Murali also spoke at length about how he was made to feel important in the day-to-day functioning of the production unit.

Production managers Venus Murthy and Mallikarjun said the film’s success was surprising and it came at a time when Kannada films were not doing well. Makeup man Kumar said he had worked in art films but he was good to be given all the facilities in a commercial set up. Publicist Sudheendra Venkatesh said the film unit’s hard work had paid off.

Director Anup Bhandari said he was initially petrified on the first day after the film’s release. He said the film had got some negative comments on the first day which made him sit back at home on the second day to take up online marketing of the movie. He said he would dedicate the film’s success to his parents, wife and daughter  and thanked media besides the audiences for patronizing the movie.

Aravind Rao said his selection for the angry young man’s role in the movie was unexpected. He said he was auditioned for the role and added that although he had acquired a new image it is yet to be proved in terms of getting offers.

Nirup Bhandari said positive reviews reached the other countries and a demand was created for the movie. He said the film ran for 50 days in the US and is running well in Europe and Middle East.

Radhika Chetan said she was overwhelmed by the positive feedback and the response. She said she was inspired by director Anup for being a perfectionist and for injecting a fresh dose of talent.

Avantika Shetty said it was a dream come true for her that her debut movie had gone on to become such a success. She thanked director Anup Bhandari for giving her a good break.

Producer Prakash said his first film had completed 25 weeks of successful run. He said he had only invested money and done nothing as it was Anup’s hard work that drove the film to success.

he team of Rangitaranga, a film that released last Friday, has alleged that multiplexes in Bengaluru and Mysuru are meting out a step-motherly treatment to their film following the impending release of blockbuster film Bahubali.

Addressing a press meet on Thursday, executive producer of the film Sudhakar Bhandari said though it is heartening to see the good response that their film is drawing it is disappointing and scary that such films are not being encouraged to be screened at the multiplexes.

He said Rangitaranga will begin to suffer in its box-office run from Friday, thanks to Bahubali’s release. Bhandari said multiplexes in Bengaluru and Mysuru have reduced the number of shows of Rangitaranga from four to one despite good collections for the film Rangitaranga which is sad for the Kannada film industry. He said the multiplexes are not even giving Rangitaranga prime time slots.

He said it will be difficult for Kannada films to survive if such step-motherly treatment is shown to the language of the state. He said if the multiplexes had allowed the film to run they could have promoted the film in North Karnataka based on this premise. Bhandari, however, said multiplexes in Mangaluru were supporting their film.

Bhandari said the government should intervene and direct multiplexes to screen at least 50 percent of Kannada films in prime time slots.

Producer Prakash said he had spoken to multiplexes but had not got any response so far from them. He said he has filed a complaint with the Film Chamber  which has promised to look into the matter at the earliest.

Director Anup Bhandari said prints with subtitles were not being used in multiplexes in Bengaluru and Mysuru which is disheartening.

Nirup Bhandari wondered why Bahubali was released in all the versions at one go in Bengaluru.

Radhika Chetan was also present at the press meet.

angitaranga will release in about 50 theatres across Karnataka on July 3, its director Anup Bhandari told reporters on Tuesday.

Bhandari said the response to the film’s trailer and songs had been good on Youtube. He said going by the audiences response and feedback they were waiting for the film’s release. Bhandari praised the gesture of Yash, Rakshit Shetty and Srimurali for expressing their support to the film.

Anup Bhandari said he had written the songs while writing the story itself. He hoped that the film will generate word-of-mouth publicity and get released in more theatres.

While thanking the media, Nirup Bhandari who is playing the lead said the people had come to know of Rangitaranga and the film only through the media.

Radhika Chetan who is playing the female lead hoped that Rangitaranga will usher in a new wave cinema.

The film has cinematographer by foreign national Lance Kaplan and William David. Rangitaranga has been shot in exotic and virgin locales of Karnataka. The film is produced by Prakash. Rangitaranga stars Avantika Shetty, Saikumar (in a special appearance), Aravind Rao, Ananthvelu and Srinath Vasistha. Former Miss India Shilpa Singh is also making a special appearance in the movie. 

he music album of Kannada film Rangitaranga was released at a function oon Saturday evening in Bengaluru. The second trailer of the film was also shown to the audiences gathered. The film stars newcomers Nirup, Radhika Chetan, Avantika Shetty, Saikumar and is directed by Anup Bhandari who is also credited with story, lyrics and music for the film.

Releasing the film’s music album,Velu of Lahari Audio lamented that private FM radio channels weren’t airing songs of new Kannada films. He said Lahari has moved the court against a radio station for not paying the royalty to his company during the last three-and-a-half years.

Rakshit Shetty who was another guest of the evening said he had been offered the role to work in Rangitaranga but he could not due to prior commitments. He said he had seen the film in bits and pieces and had liked it.

Anup Bhandari said the film has six songs with some bonus tracks added to its audio. Techie turned actor Nirup Bhandari has played the lead in the lead. Yet another techie turned actor Radhika Chetan has played the female lead. Radhika is a Kathak danseuse and a disciple of Kathak dancers Nirupama and Rajendra.

Former Miss India Shilpa Singh has made a special appearance in the movie.

Avantika Shetty who is playing another lead in the film said she felt like a student while working with the director on the sets.

The star attraction of the evening was however Saikumar. He said even though he had been in the industry for four decades he was feeling tensed about Rangitaranga as if it was his first film. He said people of Karnataka have given him and his brothers so much of love. He said his role in the film is one of his best in his career.

The film is produced by Prakash. Colourist Shiva who has worked in big Telugu films was also present for having worked in the Kannada film.

noop Bhandari directed, H.K.Prakash produced and Niroop Bhandari debutant movie ‘Rangitaranga’ trailer and song was projected in Renukamba Preview Theatre on February 2.

Addressing the media, Anoop Bhandari, director of the movie told, ‘I was working in US for last six years as software engineer. As I’m a theatre background personality, I had lot of interest in cinema industry. Previous to this movie I had directed a short film called ‘Words’ which had got International acclaim’ he said.

‘Before launch of the movie, I had a skype conversation with the producer H.K.Prakash. Listening to the thread of the story as well as one lyric which was penned by me, he has given a nod to produce the movie without any second thought’ he reminded.

‘With this movie we are debuting Niroop Bhandari as hero to Kannada film industry. Before we went on floors, the whole team did rehearsal on dialogue delivery, acting and other aspects. The movie is a mystery thriller’ he disclosed.

‘The movie has shot around Bengaluru, Mysuru, Madikeri, Kerala, Puttur and Ooty. The movie will make audience to sit on the edge of the seat’ he expressed confidence.

‘Earlier I have joined the team as assistant director. At that time there was a hunt for male protagonist by the team. As I had already acted in a serial called ‘Advocate Arjun’, the producer H.K.Prakash suggested me to participate in audition. Later on I was selected as hero of the movie’ Niroop Bhandari said.

Interestingly, director Anoop Bhandari and Niroop Bhadari both are brothers and they are famous producer, director and actor Sudhakar Bhandari’s kin too. Sudhakar Bhandari is a prominent name in small screen. He had produced ‘Premada Kadambari’ and many other serials to various channels. Meanwhile he has introduced Kiccha Sudeep to small screen in the serial ‘Premada Kadambari’ and the prominent actors like Kuri Prathapa and Kuri Sunil too to celluloid media.

Radhika Chetan, one of heroine of the movie said, ‘I’m basically a software engineer worked in Mumbai for several years. As I got bored with that profession and I had passion in acting, I turned towards theatres. Along with this I am a yoga instructor too. Director Anoop Bhandari offered me a simple girl character in the movie and I have given a nod without second thought’ she said.

Along with story, screenplay, lyrics, Anoop Bhandari has composed music too. The background score was composed by ‘Ulidavaru Kandanthe’ fame Ajanish Loknath. Lance Caplon and William David have done the cinematography where as Praveen Joyappa delivered his duty as an editor.

Producer H.K.Prakash, Music director Ajanish Loknath, Editor Praveen Joyappa, Sudhakar Bhandari and others were present in the press meet.
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