Nirup Bhandari, the tall and handsome hero of blockbuster movie ‘RangiTaranga’
which went on to become one of the 305 films short listed for oscars, is back with
the bi-lingual Rajaratha / Rajaratham co-starring Tamil star Arya, Avantika Shetty &
Ravishankar. At just a little over 6 ft 2 inches, he is one of the tallest heroes in
South India. It all happened when Ajay Reddy Gollapalli of Jollyhits Pvt. Ltd., liked
‘RangiTaranga’ and was all praises for the work of director Anup & actor Nirup.
Impressed by the immense talent of this duo, he wanted to join hands to make an
entertaining film. The result is ‘Rajaratha’ written & directed by Anup Bhandari with
Nirup Bhandari in the lead. Ajay says "I love watching Prabhas on screen and got
the same feeling when I saw Nirup. I was in awe of his height, screen presence
and his baritone voice. I felt that he would be loved by the Telugu audience as
Now ‘Rajaratha’ team is releasing Nirup’s character poster. The poster is
conceived by Anup Bhandari & Kaani Studios, shot using the latest hasselblad
camera by bollywood professional Manish Thakur. The poster has him standing on
top of a college building in a funny superman attire with 35/100 etched on his shirt.
There is a subtle introduction of a character in the film called Mr. Pachbale
(Banana). The poster effectively conveys the comical nature of Nirup’s character
as Abhi. They have also revealed 4 different looks of Nirup & in one of them he’s
dressed up in a Tuxedo holding the Banana & suitcase which seems like a tribute
to the iconic Jedarabale pose.
‘Rajaratha’ is a romantic comedy in which Nirup is portraying a romantic goofy
college boy’s character. As a child artist Nirup Bhandari had acted in a TV serial
‘Jolly Jolly Picnic’. He always wanted to become an actor. He shaped his acting
skills in theatre group ‘Misfits’ under guidance of acting Guru Ratan Thakore
Grant. Then he acted as a psychopathic killer in a Telefilm ‘Advocate Arjun’
produced by UTV. His performance got him the lead role in ‘RangiTaranga’.
Mumbai girl Avantika Shetty, who is also part of ‘RangiTaranga’ team, is essaying
the female lead for Nirup in ‘Rajaratha’. She has acted in many ad films with
several celebrities including telugu star Allu Arjun. “Avantika is a very talented
actress trained in Anupam Kher’s acting school. Her performance played a pivotal
role in the success of ‘RangiTaranga’. Especially in the climax scene she brought
tears in everyones eyes. It is great working with her again” said Nirup Bhandari.
His upcoming movies include a multi-starrer with power star Puneeth Rajkumar,
directed by Anup Bhandari. In his next movie, Nirup is acting with popular heroine
Radhika Pandit. This movie is written & directed by Priya, Maniratnam’s associate
director and produced by Rockline Venkatesh with music by Anup Bhandari. This
is followed by a gangster flick written by Bhandari Brothers: Anup - Nirup, directed
by Rishab Shetty of ‘Kirik Party’ fame.
Nirup is a 100% committed actor, who is not scared of taking risks. During
‘Rangitaranga’ shoot he had to do spin dance on a wet floor. He did a fantastic job
but in the last leg he slipped and had a near fatal head injury. In ‘Rajaratha’ also
he refused to use body double and risked himself in a stunt performance, ending
up with two fractures in hand. Doctor advised him to take two months rest; due to
this the title song shoot is delayed & will be choreographed by Jani Master.
‘Rajaratha’ has six melodious and foot tapping songs composed and written by
Tamil Star Arya is playing an important role & making his debut in Sandalwood
with ‘Rajaratha’, he said “Nirup is always calm and composed. Don’t mistake,
when the director says ‘action’ he turns in to a bundle of energy, gets in to the
character and gives it life. And not to mention, he looks super handsome on
‘Rajaratha’ is produced under Jollyhits banner by Ajay Reddy, Anju Vallabhaneni,
Vishu Dakappagari, Sathish Sastry and executive producer Sudhakar Saaja.