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Racha (also Račha, , Račʼa) is a highland area in western Georgia, located in the upper Rioni river valley and hemmed in by the Greater Caucasus mountains. Under Georgia’s current subdivision, Racha is included in the Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti region ( mkhare) as the municipalities of Oni and Ambrolauri.

Racha occupies 2,854 km in the north-eastern corner of western Georgia. Spurs of the Greater Caucasus crest separates Racha from the Georgian historical regions of Svaneti and Lechkhumi on the north-west and from Imereti on the south, while the main Caucasus ridge forms a boundary with Russia’s North Ossetia. On the east, Racha is bordered by breakaway South Ossetia, officially part of Georgia’s Shida Kartli region.

Racha (film)

Racha , also spelt Rachcha, is a 2012 Indian Telugu-language action film directed by Sampath Nandi and co-written by the Paruchuri Brothers. Produced by R. B. Choudary in association with N. V. Prasad and Paras Jain under their banner Megaa Super Good Films, it features Ram Charan and Tamannaah in the lead roles, with Mukesh Rishi, Dev Gill and Kota Srinivasa Rao playing the antagonists. The film marks the Telugu debut of Ajmal Ameer and R. Parthiepan who makes a crucial cameo appearance.

The film focuses on the attempts made by a gambler Raj to make Chaitra, a medical student, fall in love with him as a part of a bet where he is challenged by his rival James. Raj accepts the challenge to meet the expenses of his adopted father's liver transplantation but later discovers that he has been trapped by James and Chaitra for a purpose.

The film was edited by Gautham Raju; Sameer Reddy provided the cinematography; Mani Sharma composed the film's score and soundtrack. Made on a budget of 320 million, the Principal photography commenced in June 2011 and was shot in various locations throughout Asia, mainly in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu of India apart from Sri Lanka and Bangkok. The film was also shot in the Anji County of China making it the first Telugu film to do so.

The film was released worldwide on 5 April 2012 to mixed reviews from critics. However, the film collected a share of 450 million in its lifetime at the global box office and became one of the highest grossing Telugu films of the year. The film received four nominations at the 60th Filmfare Awards South where it won the award for best choreography. It also received five nominations at 2nd South Indian International Movie Awards but did not win any.

Racha was dubbed into Tamil as Ragalai and into Malayalam as Raksha. The former was released on 6 April 2012 while the latter was released a week later. Both the dubbed versions were commercially successful. The film was dubbed into Hindi as Betting Raja in 2014.

Racha (soundtrack)

Racha is the feature film soundtrack of the 2012 Telugu action comedy of the same name. Mani Sharma composed the soundtrack. It consists of 5 songs written by Chandrabose, Suddala Ashok Teja, Ramajogayya Sastry, Bhuvanachandra and Chinni Charan.