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.
Upendra as 'Kick' Sri Ranga
Kriti Kharbanda as Naina
Sadhu Kokila as Prakash
Raghu Mukherjee as Ranganath
K. Manju as motorbike buyer
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. Kokila had directed Upendra previously in Raktha Kanneeru (2003) and Anatharu (2007), both of which saw success at the box-office.
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.
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. The film completed its 35-day shoot in Malaysia and was one of the few Kannada language films to have shot there extensively.
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.
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.
The film was announced that it would be released on 18 September 2014 to coincide with the occasion of Upendra's birthday. It was released however, the next day. It was reported that the film released in 170 theaters across Karnataka.
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. 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." 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." 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."