|Content Rating||Not Rated (Not Rated)|
|Awards||Awards7 wins & 3 nominations|
|Company||Sri Devi Entertainers|
RangiTaranga (English: Colourful Wave) is a 2015 Indian Kannada language mystery thriller film written and directed by Anup Bhandari in his debut, and produced by H.K.Prakash under the Production house Shree Devi Entertainers. It features debutantes Nirup Bhandari, Radhika Chetan and Avantika Shetty, and Saikumar in the lead roles. Anup Bhandari said that in writing story for the film, he took inspiration from "Dennana Dennana", a track that featured as the theme song in the 1990s Kannada television soap Guddada Bhoota. In addition to directing the film, Bhandari also scored for its soundtrack, also penning its lyrics. It featured cinematography by US-based cinematographers Lance Kaplan and William David, the former of who, had previously collaborated with Bhandari on a short film.
RangiTaranga is set in Kamarottu, a fictional village in the Coastal region of Karnataka, as Indu's (Radhika Chetan) ancestral village. Her husband Gautam (Nirup Bhandari) and she decide to perform a ritual to ward off evil spirits. The story follows Gautam uncovering a mysterious trail of crime on finding his wife missing and the final discovery of the criminal. Parts of filming took place in Mysore, Bangalore, Madikeri, Puttur, Sira, Ottapalam, Alappuzha and Ooty. Upon theatrical release on 3 July 2015, the film opened to overwhelmingly positive response from audiences and critics alike. Critics acclaimed the film's screenplay, direction, film score, cinematography and the acting performance of Saikumar. The film made it into the list of productions eligible for the 88th Academy Awards but did not make it into nomination list.
Gautam (Nirup Bhandari), a novelist leads a reclusive life in Ooty. Gautam's latest novel is titled RangiTaranga, a word which might hold the key to his past. Indu, Gautam's wife, is a soft natured girl. She paints the cover pages of all of Gautam's novels. Sandhya, a self-proclaimed journalist, is in search of an anonymous writer who goes by the pen name "ANASHKU". She finds out about the writer from a publisher and sets on a journey to find him.
Pregnant Indu finds herself in trouble when she repetitively gets nightmares of an accident. She then convinces Gautam to visit her ancestral home in the village of Kamarottu in order to perform some rituals to solve her problems. Upon their arrival in Kamarottu, Gautam befriends the post master, Kalinga (Saikumar), and the elderly school head master, Shankar (Ananth Velu). During their stay in the village, Indu experiences strange occurrences in the house including an incident where Indu is almost pulled into a well while she is fetching a bucket of water. This provokes Gautam to investigate and he learns from Kalinga that the well contains a Brahmarakshasa (devil) and also that the Kamarottu home was haunted by a ghost (Guddada Bhoota). Gautam's investigation also irks the powerful men in the village and on one occasion, one of the henchmen of a powerful politician attacks Goutham leaving him injured. Meanwhile, Sandhya's trail leads her to Kamarottu. Indu goes missing one night and later police declare that she was indeed killed 6 years ago in an accident. Confused Gowtham starts searching for her and discovers an illegal sand mafia led by the corrupt politician Mahabala Hegde along with the local police which leads him to conclude that their attack on him was merely to cover up their illegal activity.
Sandhya meets Gautham during the investigation of his wife's disappearance and helps him in discovering a diary titled "Harini" . Through this diary, Gautham discovers that the woman who he believed to be his wife Indu, was actually Harini, a yoga instructor from Bangalore, and that he himself is not Gautham. Indu and her husband Gautham were in reality Harini's friends. Harini, in an impulsive action fueled by fear, killed a man who got abusive and threatening after she spurned his physical advances. Horrified by the realization that she has killed and terrified by the prospect of legal repercussions, she confides in Indu and Gautham, who decide to take her to Kamarottu and create an alibi for Harini. A flashback reveals to the viewer that Gautham was actually Siddarth, an aspiring writer/singer who was in love with Sandhya. Telling her that he'll be back soon, Siddarth leaves for a bike trip with his college pals. Under a thick blanket of fog, Siddharth and his friend on a motorbike collide with the car carrying Indu, Gautham and Harini, near the Kamarottu junction. The accident leaves Harini, and Siddharth, who's lost his memory, as the sole survivors of the accident. Harini, reluctant to go back to her previous life assumes the identity of her dead friend Indu, and informs authorities, and Siddharth, that he is her husband Gautham. Siddharth, with nothing else to go on, accepts this as the truth.
Siddarth and Sandhya infiltrate the police station and search the records where they get to know about a missing persons case where a lady goes missing on the same day (7 July) every year . When they check with their families they get to know that the missing lady is pregnant similar to Harini and that the guddada bhoota is responsible for the abductions. After getting info from the head master and the local doctor they deduce that the guddada bhoota is none other than Kalinga and is responsible for the abductions. Kalinga's wife had an extramarital relationship with the local doctor and when she gets caught she does not reveal doctor's identity and Kalinga mistakes Angara, a mentally ill guy from the village to be the other guy and beheads him. He tortures his wife for eleven days in an abandoned house and later kills her. After this incident he is mentally tormented, dresses up with heavy costumes and anklets, and does the killing every year on the same day. Just as Kalinga is about to kill Harini, Siddarth is able to track him and indulges in a brutal fight with Kalinga but eventually kills him and saves Harini. Later Harini gives birth and Sandhya wishes him luck and tells him that he's probably better off not trying to rake up his past. She leaves without revealing her relationship with Siddharth, or his true identity, nursing a broken heart.
- Nirup Bhandari as Gautam Suvarna / Siddarth
- Radhika Chetan as Indu Suvarna / Harini
- Avantika Shetty as Sandhya Bhargav
- Saikumar as Thenkabail Ravindra "Kalinga" Bhat
- Ananth Velu as Shankar
- Shilpa Singh as Shilpa Rao
- Arvind Rao as Inspector Basavaraj Haadimani
- Chetan Raj as Garnal Babu
- Siddu Moolimani as Nilesh Gowda aka Pandu
- Roshni Kore as Panchami aka Panchali
- Dinesh Siriyara as Angaara
- Shanker Ashwath as Mahabala Hegde
- Anup Bhandari as Gautam Suvarna
- Srinath Vasistha
- Swapna Raj
- Karthik Rao Kordale as Rafique
The movie made by debutantes has raised expectations among Kannada audience because of its cinematography by Hollywood D.O.P Lance Kaplan and D.O.P William David.
Rangitaranga has brought Lance — whose recent films include Butterflies of Bill Baker, Trapped Girl, and Do You Believe in the Devil — to India to shoot for a project in a language he hadn’t even heard. "I had a translation of the script, and Anup and I spent weeks on the pre-production," he says. "Anup’s father, Sudhakar patiently taught me many Kannada words and phrases. "This reflects the tradition of lighting that I come from and love, and I think it’s one of the reasons why Anup wanted me to work on his film."