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Directed by Ayyappa P. Sharma
Produced by Shankar Gowda
Story by Srivas
Starring Sudeep
Chiranjeevi Sarja
Sameera Reddy
Nikeesha Patel
P. Ravi Shankar
Music by Arjun Janya
Cinematography Rajesh Katta
Edited by Ishwar
Shankar Productions
Release date
  • 25 January 2013 (2013-01-25) (India)
  • 28 April 2013 (2013-04-28) (Canada)
Country India
Language Kannada
Budget 90 million (US$1.3 million)
Box office 130 million (US$1.9 million)
22.5 million (US$330,000) {Satellite Rights}

Varadhanayaka is a 2013 Kannada action film starring Chiranjeevi Sarja and Nikeesha Patel in the lead roles. Actor Sudeep plays an important role of a police officer. Sameera Reddy is his pair in the film. This film marks the Kannada debut of Sameera Reddy, an established Bollywood and Kollywood actress. The film is directed by Ayyappa P. Sharma. Arjun Janya is the music director of the film. Shankare Gowda has produced the venture under Shankar Productions banner. It is also dubbed in Hindi as Ek Tha Nayak. The film is a remake of Telugu film Lakshyam which starred Gopichand, Jagapathi Babu and Anushka Shetty.[2]


The film starts with a flashback in Bangalore. ACP Varadhanayaka (Sudeep) is a sincere police officer happily married and lives with his parents, wife (Sameera Reddy) and younger brother Hari (Chiranjeevi Sarja). Hari is a college student and he falls in love with his classmate Sirisha (Nikeesha Patel). Enter Section Shankar (P. Ravi Shankar) the villain who is notorious for settlements and land deals. Sirisha comes across ACP Varadhanayaka when she is on a field trip from her college with her friends. She gets friendly with his daughter Pinky who tells her that she would get her introduced to her uncle Hari and they would make a good pair. It turns out that Hari studies in Sirisha’s college and soon after they accidentally even come to know each other and get close.

ACP Varadhanayaka investigates the case of a dreaded criminal Shankar whom no one has been able to touch. He is even involved with a land deal involving crores of money which is completely illegal and others including the D.I.G is involved. When the chairman of the bank who has lent money for the deal demand the money back as the deal hasn’t worked, but umapathi eliminates him. The people who are customers of the bank take to the streets and try to damage the bank. ACP Varadhanayaka arrives there, arrests the manager and takes him away. Somehow Shankar comes to know where the manager has been taken. He arrives there with his men and the D.I.G nearly kill ACP Varadhanayaka. Shankar asks his men to dump the body. On the way, somehow Hari gets involved and ultimately rescues his brother from a burning bus and the elder brother dies in the younger brother’s arms. The entire media and the people think that ACP Varadhanayaka has swindled off all the money as they have been made to believe that by the D.I.G. Hari decides to take revenge on the people who killed his brother. Firstly he kills Siddharth(J.Karthik) (his friend and Shankar’s henchman). Then he kills the D.I.G (he had been taken to jail and he had escaped). Shankar also kidnaps the entire family of Hari. Hari goes to an old temple where he kills Shankar, he spills the beans that Varadhanayaka is dead and rescues his family under the supervision of the new D.I.G who supports him wholeheartedly.




Shankare Gowda, the producer had initially cast Chiranjeevi Sarja to play the main protagonist played by Gopichand in the Telugu version. Later, to reprise the cop role played by Jagapathi Babu in the original version, Gowda approached Sudeep, his main star in the previous venture Kempegowda. Owing to the success of their previous venture, Gowda decided to give extra screen time for Sudeep in the new film.[3] Gowda was in search of two leading female stars from the Kannada industry. However, due to date issues, none could be roped in. Actress Priyamani was approached to play the lead but she refused the offer. Finally in July 2011, Nikesha Patel who had just begun her career in Telugu films was cast opposite Sarja in the lead role.[4] Later Kamalinee Mukherjee was approached to play the role opposite Sudeep. However, she was dropped and later Bollywood actress Sameera Reddy was finally roped in for the role. Director Ayyappa Sharma's brothers Sai Kumar and P. Ravi Shankar were also roped in to play the supporting characters. It was also announced that Arjun Sarja would be doing a cameo appearance in the film.


As per the initial plans, the film was supposed to go on sets from February 2011. However several delays caused the shooting to regularly commence from June 2011.[5] The filming began without even casting the leading ladies for the film.


Initially, the film was plan to release on 23, November 2012.[6] The film released in India on 25 January 2013 to mixed reviews.[7][8] and also Kannada Sangha in Canada released this film in Canada on 28 April 2013[1]


Varadhanayaka box office collection is grossed more than 130 million (US$1.9 million). The satellite rights of the film was sold to Suvarna Channel for 22.5 million (US$330,000).[9]


Soundtrack album by Arjun Janya
Released November 2012 (2012-11)
Genre Feature film soundtrack

Arjun Janya has composed 5 songs to the lyrics of Kaviraj and A. P. Arjun.[10]

1."Baite Baite"Arjun Janya, Anuradha Bhat 
2."Yeno Kane"Vijay , Priya Himesh 
3."Ondhsari"Arjun Janya, Anuradha Bhat 
4."Morningu"Chandan Shetty, Suma Shastry 

Awards and nominations[edit]

Varadanayaka (2013) awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
South Indian International Movie Awards
1 2
Awards won 1
Nominations 2

3rd South Indian International Movie Awards :-


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