|Directed by||Sadhu Kokila|
|Music by||Sadhu Kokila|
|Editing by||Lakshmana Reddy|
|Running time||149 minutes|
Raktha Kanneeru (English: Blood Tears) is a 2003 Kannada film directed by Sadhu Kokila and starring Upendra and Ramya Krishnan in the lead roles. The film was produced by Munirathna and was simultaneously made in Kannada and Telugu. It was a remake of the 1954 Tamil film Ratha Kanneer starring M. R. Radha The screenplay and dilogues of the film were written by Upendra and the music was composed by Sadhu Kokila.
Upon release, the film broke all opening box office records in Karnataka. It was the highest-grossing film of the year 2003. The film was followed by a semi sequel titled Katari Veera Surasundarangi released in 2012.
- Ramya Krishnan
- Abhirami (actress)
- Kumara Bangarappa,
- Arif Ali
- Bank Janardhan,
- Sadhu Kokila
- J. V. Somayajulu
- Kota Srinivas Rao
- Kallu Chidambaram
|Baa Baaro Rasika||Soumya, Upendra|
|Jaana Jaana||Arif Ali||Nandita|
|Kanneeridhu Raktha Kanneeridhu||Rajesh Krishnan|
|Navila Navila||Nandita, Rajesh Krishnan|
The Soundtrack of Raktha Kanneeru was one of the best selling albums of the year. Upon its audio release, a record number of audio cassettes were sold.
Raktha Kanneeru's BKT distribution rights were sold at a record price of 1.6 Crore. The film went on to break many opening box office records upon release. From Bangalore alone, the film collected a share of more than 1 Crore in its first week, a record collection for Kannada cinema at that time. The film did record collections all over Karnataka and went on to become one of the highest grossing films of its time.
The film was followed by a semi sequel titled Katari Veera Surasundarangi released in 2012. A 3D Mythological Romantic fantasy film, it was partly a sequel to Raktha Kanneeru. It was also the first full length 3D film in Kannada cinema. Upendra reprises his role of the highly educated rich-man turned beggar Mohan now in hell, where he meets his look alike gangster son (Upendra again) who is killed in a gang war. The film tells the story of how Mohan's son Upendra falls in love with Lord Indra's daughter Indraja (Ramya) in Indraloka (heaven) and how he faces the challenges of Lord Brahma, Lord Yama and other Devatas of Indraloka to marry Indraja. The film was hugely successful although not as much as its predecessor.
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