Viraat is a 2016 Indian Kannada-language action film directed by H. Vasu and written by M. S. Ramesh. The film, produced by C. Kalyan under Theja Cinemas banner, features Darshan as the lead protagonist whilst newcomers Vidhisha Srivatsav, Isha Chawla and Chaitra Chandranath play the female lead characters. P. Ravi Shankar, Suhasini Maniratnam and Sumalatha play crucial supporting roles.
V. Harikrishna has composed the film's music and background score. The dialogues and screenplay is written by M. S. Ramesh.
The film which was earlier slated for a 2012 release underwent significant delays during the making due to the earlier producer and director tussles which ended up in the producer Sandesh Nagaraj walking out of the film. The film was eventually shelved and later was taken up by C.Kalyan, a Tollywood-based producer. The film finally released on 29 January 2016.
Darshan as Viraat Prasad
Isha Chawla as Preethi
Vidisha Shrivastav as Spoorthi
Chaitra Chandranath as Keerthi
Suhasini Maniratnam as Chief Minister
Sumalatha as Viraat's mother
P. Ravi Shankar as Surendra Singh
The official launch and the first schedule shooting of Viraat began on 27 February 2012. The film considered to be a big budget venture with a big glass house worth crores of rupees is being made at the Bababudangiri Hills for the first 15 days shooting schedule. Actress Suhasini Maniratnam played the role of a powerful Chief Minister for the first time in her career.
The Bangalore Mirror gave the movie 3 stars. Its review said, "[T]he film has its moments but the film isn't exactly a must-watch, except for the hero's fans", and added, "[T]he plot is more like the TV reality show The Bachelor".
Music for the film is composed by V. Harikrishna who is the regular composer for Darshan's films. A single song is composed and sung by Raghu Kunche, making his debut in Kannada cinema. The song "Gandasu Safety Pin" is a recreation of Kunche's Telugu song "Ramanamma" from the film Bumper Offer.
The audio launch was held on January 12, 2016. The audio rights has been bought by Lahari Music.