Super Ranga

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Super Ranga
2014 Kannada film Super Ranga poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sadhu Kokila
Produced by K. Manju
Story by Vakkantham Vamsi
Based on Kick (2009)
by Surender Reddy
Starring
Music by Arjun Janya
Cinematography Ashok Kashyap
Edited by Joni Harsha
Production
company
K Manju Cinemaas
Release date
  • 19 September 2014 (2014-09-19)
Running time
146 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada
Budget 9 crore (US$1.3 million)[1]

Super Ranga (Kannada: ಸೂಪರ್ ರಂಗ) is a 2014 Indian Kannada action comedy film directed by Sadhu Kokila and produced by K. Manju under the banner K Manju Cinemaas. It stars Upendra and Kriti Kharbanda in lead roles. The supporting cast features Priyanka Rao, Raghu Mukherjee, Doddanna, Rangayana Raghu, Bullet Prakash, and Sridhar. The film is a remake of the 2009 Telugu film, Kick. The limited theater release may have contributed to the 35 days of its run with a 1-week gap after completing 4 weeks.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

It was announced in August 2013 that the film would be directed by Sadhu Kokila, after speculations that Ramesh Aravind and Loki would be directing it.[2] Kokila had directed Upendra previously in Raktha Kanneeru (2003) and Anatharu (2007), both of which saw success at the box-office.

Casting[edit]

Super Ranga was to initially star Deepa Sannidhi as the female lead opposite Upendra. Citing date problems, Sannidhi had to leave, who was then replaced by Kriti Kharbanda.[3]

Filming[edit]

The filming began in September 2013. The song "Dance Raja Dance", of the film was shot in Slovenia. It features 12 characters of Upendra in a single visual, made possible by the rotography technique.[4] The film completed its 35-day shoot in Malaysia and was one of the few Kannada language films to have shot there extensively.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

Super Ranga
Super Ranga album cover.jpg
Soundtrack cover
Soundtrack album by Arjun Janya
Released 22 August 2014
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 17:21
Label Anand Audio

Arjun Janya composed the music for the film and the soundtracks, with lyrics for the soundtracks penned by K. Kalyan, Upendra and V. Nagendra Prasad. The album has four soundtracks.[6]

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Dance Raja Dance"K. KalyanUpendra3:45
2."Chombu Chombu"Upendra, V. Nagendra PrasadVijay Prakash4:41
3."Nanagu Ninagu"K. KalyanTippu, Archana Ravi4:29
4."Ninade Nenapu"K. KalyanArjun Janya4:26
Total length:17:21

Reception[edit]

Kavya Christopher of The Times of India gave the album a rating of 3/5 and wrote, "It's an Upendra film. One that has to be quirky in every way, and the music is no different." She added that the song "Dance Raja Dance" is the best of the album.[7]

Release[edit]

The film was announced that it would be released on 18 September 2014 to coincide with the occasion of Upendra's birthday.[8] It was released however, the next day. It was reported that the film released in 170 theaters across Karnataka.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon its theatrical release, the film received positive to mixed reviews from critics. Shyam Prasad S. of Bangalore Mirror reviewed the film and wrote, "[Sadhu Kokila] manages to give an 'Uppi' touch to the film", a reference to the characters portrayed by Upendra in his earlier films. He concludes praising the role of cinematographer Ashok Kashyap and the acting department.[10] S. Viswanath of Deccan Herald reviewed the film giving it a rating of three out of five and called the film "chuckle-a-minute mad caper". He added writing, "Brimming with trademark Upendra mannerisms, the film is a breezy, boisterous ride."[11] Shashiprasad S. M. of Deccan Chronicle gave the film a 2.5/5 rating and writes, "A slight disappointment, it loses its sheen irrespective of the glittery star cast, to boost the box office collections." He called the plot "the real hero.. but the film as an entertainer lacks the kick."[12] Bharath Bhat of FilmiBeat gave the film a 3/5 rating and writes, "Super Ranga is a tailor made movie for Real Star Upendra. The role suits his crazy mannerism. The movie is a must watch for Uppi Fans."[13]

Character map of remakes[edit]

Super Ranga (2014)
(Kannada)
Thillalangadi (2010)
(Tamil)
Kick (2009)
(Telugu)
Kick (2014)
(Hindi)
Devil (TBA)
(Urdu)
Upendra Jayam Ravi Ravi Teja Salman Khan Naveed Bukhari
Kriti Kharbanda Tamannaah Bhatia Ileana D'Cruz Jacqueline Fernandez Mashal Iftikhar
Raghu Mukherjee Shaam Shaam Randeep Hooda Waseem Vohra

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Superro Ranga to Hit Screens on Uppi's Birthday". The New Indian Express. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sadhu Kokila back to direction". The Times of India. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Uppi's Superro Ranga launched". The Times of India. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "12 Upendras to romance Kriti in a song". The Times of India. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Upendra's Super Ranga releases today". Rediff.com. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Super Ranga (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP". iTunes. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Music review: Super Ranga". The Times of India. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Superro Ranga to Hit Screens on Uppi's Birthday". The New Indian Express. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "'Super Ranga' Review Roundup: Opens to Positive Reviews". International Business Times. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Movie review: Super Ranga". Bangalore Mirror. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Upendra-starrer Super Ranga is a chuckle-a-minute mad caper". Deccan Herald. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Movie Review 'Super Ranga': A repetition of Upendra's mannerism in his recent films". Deccan Chronicle. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Super Ranga: Movie Review". 19 September 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 

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