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Rajaratha movie poster.jpg
Directed byAnup Bhandari
Produced byAjay Reddy
Vishu Dakappagari
Anju Vallabh
Sathish Sastry
Written byAnup Bhandari
StarringNirup Bhandari
Avantika Shetty
P. Ravishankar
Narrated byPuneeth Rajkumar (Kannada)
Rana Daggubati (Telugu)
Music byAnup Bhandari
Background score:
B. Ajaneesh Loknath
CinematographyWilliam David
Jollyhits Production
Release date
  • 23 March 2018 (2018-03-23)
Running time
143 minutes[1]

Rajaratha is [2][3] is a 2018 Indian Kannada romantic comedy film written and directed by Anup Bhandari who also composed the film's music. It stars Nirup Bhandari and Avantika Shetty in the lead roles in their second collaboration with the director after the success of RangiTaranga. The film was dubbed in Telugu as Rajaratham (English: Royal Chariot) with Rana Daggubati replacing Puneeth Rajkumar as the narrator.[4] Arya, who made his debut in Kannada cinema for the first time with the film,[5] features in a supporting role alongside P. Ravishankar and Sruthi Hariharan. While the film score is composed by B. Ajaneesh Loknath, the soundtrack is composed by Anup Bhandari. The cinematography is by William David.

The first look of the film was released in the social media by the team on 2 October 2017.[6] The film was released on March 23, 2018[7][8] Major portion of the filming is located in and around Mysuru.The Movie Got Mixed To Negative Reviews.


The story starts in the bus named Rajaratha. The Abhi (Nirup Bhandary) is the protagonist.He is fun loving person and writing poems is his passion. And Megha(Avanthika shetty), is his love interest. Her mother is a Tamilian and father is from Telangana. She was born in Kerala and brought up in Bangalore. Both are from the same college .Then their past unfolds. First time he sees her during the time of his college admission. From then he is in love with her. But he is scared to reveal it. In the fourth semester he finds that she is in love with another guy from the same college named Suraj. Back in the present she befriends him. There is a parallel story running at the same time. It is about Vishwas(Arya) a member of political party named Praja Rakshana Dal. The leaders of the party were involved in scams. To disclose this issue the party draws the attention of people by claiming that Periyapelli which originally belongs to Tamil Nadu as Karnataka's. While in the protest Apanna a prominent leader is slapped by Tamilian.Vishwa takes the leadership of the protest. Meanwhile, the bus is blocked in middle of forest. Megha and Abhi decides to go out to record a song. But they lost the way. It is then revealed to the audience that Vishwa and Abhi are own siblings. Vishwa loves his brother dearly but does not show directly. Then Abhi finds Megha in a jeep with two men who he presumes as kidnappers. He runs after the vehicle and fights against them.Then she stops him and reveales that those are the assistants of her uncle(Ravishankar).After a humorous chat he decides to drop Megha and Abhi back to the bus.They stay in a resort for a day. Then it is revealed that most of the co-passengers in the bus are some how connected in his life. In the meantime Vishwa calls Abhi and asks him to get down in Bangalore and lies him that his father is not well. Believing this Abhi agrees to do so. But he gets to know about the lie from his mother (Aruna Balraj). He returns to the bus. When the bus reaches near periapelli. He was about to propose her giving the plastic ring which she liked in the jewelry shop. Revolters burn the vehicles, including the bus in which they were travelling. Later it is revealed that his brother was also a part of this violence. Abhi getting to know this confronts him why is he doing all this. Abhi saves most of the passengers. He saves Megha when few tried to molest her. Later it is then revealed that a baby boy was stuck inside the bus. Megha goes to save the baby. Along with her Abhi also goes. They rescue the baby and hand it over to Vishwa. Then the bus blasts. The co-passengers and Vishwa cry. Here audience presume that they are dead. The movie ends with a note that violence is harmful. It leads to the death of our own loved ones.Media channels expose the politicians behind periapalli massacre. The people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu do a candle March. Then movie takes a leap of 5 years.Vishwa is shown lighting a lamp in front of a photo of his friend. Here we see Megha(with slight burnt plastic ring in hand which Abhi was about to wear her) and Abhi living together happily .The burnt marks on their bodies were still visible. The boy, Aadhi who was saved by them comes to meet them. It is now revealed that the duo run an orphanage with the name of Rajaratha. The board of the bus is kept and used it as a name plate of the orphanage.



Rajaratha / Rajaratham
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length21:26 / 21:23
LanguageKannada / Telugu
LabelJollyhits, Divo & Saregama
ProducerAnup Bhandari
Anup Bhandari chronology
Rajaratha / Rajaratham

Anup Bhandari has composed the songsand The background score was composed by B. Ajaneesh Loknath.

All tracks written by Anup Bhandari.

1."Gandaka"Anup Bhandari, Ravishankar, Inchara Rao3:23
2."College Days"Nakul Abhyankar05:00
3."Appi Tappi"Deepak Doddera4:48
4."Hele Meghave"Abhay Jodhpurkar4:22
5."Banana"Anup Bhandari1:40
6."Saago Saago"Deepak Doddera2:13
Total length:21:26
Telugu Track-List[10]
1."Chal Chal Gurram"Ramajogayya SastryAnup Bhandari, Ravishankar, Inchara Rao3:23
2."College Days"Ramajogayya SastryNakul Abhyankar05:00
3."Ninnu Nenu"Ramajogayya SastryAnup Bhandari4:48
4."Neeli Meghama"Ramajogayya SastryAbhay Jodhpurkar4:19
5."Banana"Anup BhandariAnup Bhandari1:40
6."Saago Saago"Ramajogayya SastryDeepak Doddera2:13
Total length:21:23


During Rajaratha promotions, director Anup Bhandari, his brother Nirup Bhandari and actress Avantika Shetty made derogatory comments against audiences who didn't wish to watch Rajaratha film in a video and later issued apology after Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) condemned their comments.[11][12]


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  2. ^ "Anup Bhandari's Next Titled As Rajaratha". filmibeat.com. 11 July 2016. Archived from the original on 20 September 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Upadhyaya, Prakash. "'RangiTaranga' director Anup Bhandari set to announce the title of his next film". ibtimes.co.in. Archived from the original on 21 September 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Shivakumar, S. (8 December 2016). "A repeat of RangiTaranga?". Archived from the original on 9 December 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2018 – via www.thehindu.com. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Rajaratha brings Arya to Kannada". The New Indian Express. 21 August 2017. Archived from the original on 2 March 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "First Poster Of Rajaratha Released". Chitraloka. 3 October 2017. Archived from the original on 2 March 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Rajaratha 2018, Rajaratha Kannada Movie, Wiki, Story, Review, Release Date, Trailers - Filmibeat". FilmiBeat. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "'Rajaratha' arrives". Bangalore Mirror. 3 October 2017. Archived from the original on 3 October 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Rajaratha - All Songs - Download or Listen Free - Saavn". 17 January 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Rajaratham - All Songs - Download or Listen Free - Saavn". 17 January 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  11. ^ Upadhyaya, Prakash. "Rajaratha controversy: KFCC condemn Rapid Rashmi, urges producers to boycott her show". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Anup Bhandari apologizes for his derogatory comments - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 April 2018.

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