Puneeth Rajkumar's Anjaniputra
Puneeth Rajkumar's Anjaniputra.PR Handout

A Harsha of Bhajarangi and Vajrakaya fame has teamed up with Puneeth Rajkumar for their latest venture Anjani Putra. Although the former had associated with the latter in many of his films as a choreographer, this is for the first time that he is directing the Power Star of Sandalwood.

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The director may have many straight subjects to his credit, but his latest film Anjaniputra is a remake of Tamil flick Poojai, which starred Vishal and Shruti Haasan in the leads. But the director has told International Business Times in an exclusive interview that he has just taken the outline of the story and developed it suit the tastes of the Kannada audience.

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Anjaniputra has Rashmika Mandanna of Kirik Party playing the female lead. Ramya Krishna plays the role of Puneeth's mother in the film. P Ravishankar, Sadhu Kokila, Chikkanna, Mukesh Tiwari, Girish, V Manohar and others are in the supporting roles. Hariprriya has done a special number in the flick, which has Swamy J's cinematography and Deepu S Kumar's editing.

Ravi Basrur has composed the music for Anjaniputra, which will hit the screens on December 22 ahead of Christmas holiday. The title song and Chanda Chanda tracks have stuck the chords with the viewers.

The movie has opened to fairly positive reviews. Here, we bring to you the response from the netizens:

Priyanka‏: Had seen the original #Poojai.... Director Harsha has tweaked the story to suit the local sensibilities.... the story of a man standing up for his family
There is ample of overboard action sequnces...familial moments... Harsha tries to attract both family and mass audience.
No need to mention about #PuneethRajkumar performance... he is The Strength in the film....#Anjaniputra #AnjaniPuthra #Anjaniputhraa
The film is crisp and neatly made...but watch it without the hangover of #Raajakumara #Anjaniputra #AnjaniPuthra #Anjaniputhraa

Anjan: #Anjaniputra so far was just okay. #RamyaKrishna #Good. #Interval #remake of #Tamil #Movie #RaviBasrur songs no impressive.

Cineloka: #AnjaniPutra Interval. "Power"ful first half. Good amount of Action & Comedy. Appu is brilliant, Chikkanna excels in comedy. Excellent BGM by Ravi Basrur. Interval Block #Anjaniputra - Paisa Vasool Mass entertainer. Second half could have been better. Appu's screen presence Comedy & Action Sequences are the highlight. Basrur's BGM is Top Class. Overall Worth a watch. Rating 3.5/5

NamCinema: #Anjaniputra interval update - Power Star show all the way @meramyakrishnan shines, @iamRashmika looks very cute. #Ravishankar has limited screen space in first half. #Chikkanna once again rocked with his comedy. #RaviBasrur BGM one of the main highlight in 1st half

Akshay NR: Watched Veerbadreshwara ems ..expectation was less because of remake tag ..and Harsha frankly did above my expectations ..1st half was too good..chikkana comedy & interval gives Goosebumps ..in 2nd half there is no a dull moments​..too pacy 4/5 #Anjaniputra.
No ...there were somany changes in first half as well as second half...interval ,entry and climax is completely different #Anjaniputra

PopcornKannada‏: Interval. #AnjaniPutra is very commercial in the first half. Comedy super. Puneeth, Chikkanna and @meramyakrishnan shines