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7 Years Of ‘Sarathi’ : 11 Facts About This Darshan Starrer Film Will Make You To Watch It Once Again!


Raja, an auto driver, falls in love with Rukmini and ventures out to win her love. However, Rukmini is forcefully sent off to her village to marry her relative, Ajay. Will Raja be able to rescue her?

Did you get what that above paragraph is all about? Yes, that's the one line story of Challenging Star Darshans' biggest blockbuster hit movie 'Sarathi'.

Saarathi is a 2011 Romance Action film written and directed by Dinakar Thoogudeep. It stars Darshan and debutante Deepa Sannidhi in the lead roles. V. Harikrishna scored for the film's background and its soundtrack, lyrics for which was penned by V. Nagendra Prasad.

This superb film is now 7 years old. Here are a few of the fascinating facts of 'Sarathi' that you may be intrigued to know. 

1. The film released when the Darshan was under judicial custody

The film released theatrically on 30 September 2011 when the Darshan was under judicial custody for alleged domestic violence against his wife, Vijayalakshmi.

2. The film was a remake of a Hollywood movie!!?

After initial denial, the makers admitted in February 2012 that the film was inspired from the 1994 film The Lion King.

3. The film has been in the making for over 2 years

Saarathi was initially under the production of Kannada cinema veteran KCN Chandrashekhar, but was later taken up by K. V. Satya Prakash as his first film venture. As a result of which, the film has been in the making for over 2 years and later the film release got delayed owing to actor Darshan's arrest by the police following a complaint of domestic violence by his wife Vijayalakshmi.

4. The film ran 100 days in around 50 theaters

The film released in 147 theatres across Karnataka on 30 September 2011, including over 30 in the city of Bangalore, and an additional 20 screens were put up due to its commercial success in the opening weekend. Later, the film successfully completed 100 days in around 50 theaters across Karnataka.

5. Sarathi lifted the spirits of Challenging Star Darshan

'Sarathi' surely helped Darshan to lift up his spirits, who was in jail facing charges of assaulting and harassing his wife during the film's release. Indeed, Darshan's acting performance in this film has been praised by the reviewers, calling it even as his best movie till date.

Darshan's presence and charisma in the film was show stealer. His effortless action sequences and dynamic expressions in the film will always be real treat for his fans.

6. 'THIS' artwork is also a noted aspect in the film

Eshwari Kumar's art work - who has assembled a 30 ft. statue of Goddess Chamundeshwari in water falls is definitely a noted aspect of the film. In addition, Eshwari Kumar won 'Best Art Director' from Karnataka State Film Awards in 2011.

7. The Climax was a major highlight in the film

The highlight of the film is the climax sequence where hundreds of ferocious cows chase the hero's father. It is a visual delight which has been shot with great precision.

8. The film received 4 prestigious awards

'Sarathi' received three awards at the 2011 Karnataka State Film Awards, including the Best Entertaining Movie.

It had also won Special Jury Award (Special effects) — Rajan at

1st South Indian International Movie Awards.

9. The film was a rich tribute to Late director-cum-actor Shankar Nag

Sarathi, which features Darshan as auto driver, has been released on Shankar Nag's death anniversary (September 30, 1990) and is a rich tribute for the late director-cum-actor. The movie features auto raja Shankar Nag through the graphic representation in the first song.

10. The film had collected a whooping sum at the box-office

The film, which was made at a big budget of ₹7Cr, was successful in grabbing double of the budget. It's said that, the film's overall box-office collection was about ₹25Cr, which is definitely a big amount during those times. 

11. The major credits of film's success goes to the captain of the ship, Dinakar Toogudeepa

'Sarathi' is Thoogudeepa's third venture and, much the same as his first film 'Jothe Jotheyali', this film turned into a commercial success as a result of its neat packaging and grasping screenplay. The film has its flaws, however the majority of that has been overshadowed by the lively narration and screenplay. 

The technicians likewise merit a great deal of appreciation. Be it editing, art or costume department, the diligent work they have put in mirrors all through the film.

12. 'Sarathi' marked debut of a veteran Tamil actor to Kannada Film Industry

Renowned Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actor R. Sarathkumar marked his debut in Kannada through 'Sarathi,' where he played a pivotal role named Suryanarayana.