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Directed by Santosh Ananddram, the film has Sayyesha playing the female lead.

The teaser of the Puneeth Rajkumar starrer Yuva Ratna was released recently and has gone viral among netizens. The teaser was trending at number one for quite some time.

The 1.40-minute teaser shows the star as a college rugby player. It starts with visuals of a locker room and a stadium lit at night, with a voiceover announcing that it is the final rugby match between two universities. Puneeth is then introduced as the ‘Hooker’ and the captain. What follows are fast-paced shots from a rain-drenched match in front of a cheering crowd, with Puneeth doing a number of stunts before scoring a goal and ending with his team posing with the trophy. The stylishly done teaser has raised the expectation levels for the film.

Yuva Ratna, which comes with the tagline ‘Power of Youth’, is directed by Santosh Ananddram, who had earlier collaborated with Puneeth to deliver the smash hit film Rajakumaraa. Yuva Ratna has Sayyesha playing the female lead and this is her first film in the Kannada film industry. It also has veteran Bollywood actor Boman Irani playing an important role and reports suggest that he will be playing a college principal.

Yuva Ratna is bankrolled under the Hombale Films banner. The production house recently tasted tremendous success with the film KGF, starring Yash. Music for the film is by S Thaman and cinematography is by Venkatesh Anguraj. This film is likely to hit the marquee later this year but the release date is yet to be finalised.

While Yuva Ratna is nearing completion, Puneeth Rajkumar also has James in his kitty. The film will be helmed by director Chethan Kumar and will be bankrolled by Kishore Pathikonda. According to reports, James will be a complete entertainer with all the mass elements included and the groundwork is progressing briskly to ensure that the film goes on the floors soon.

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