Kantara left no stone unturned as it received excellent reviews in other languages as well. Talking about the movie, the story revolves around the folk god Bhoot who trades the tribal people’s forest land with a 19th century species in exchange for good luck. Many years later, the king’s descendants become greedy and want the land back.
In an interview with Zoom TV Digital, filmmaker Rishab Shetty spoke about his experience of shooting a big budget film for the first time. He said, “Maine un logo ko jo budget diya tha, woh adha se bhi kam. Pehli baar main itna bada scale ka movie kar raha hu. Assistant director ke samay bhi mai set par nhi tha itne bade scale mai. Mujhe tension ho raha tha, itna gari aaraha hai, itne log hai.“
(Free translation: The budget I gave those people was less than half. It’s the first time I’ve done a film on such a large scale. Even when I was an assistant director, I wasn’t on set on such a large scale. I was tense, there was so many vehicles and so many people.)
He further added, “Jab shooting chalu ho gaya, tab main itna statue nhi. Kyuki tab chahiye toh chahiye. Vijay, Kartik ne itna support kiya, double se jyada ka aaya budget, lekin unlogo ko samajh aya kyuki film ko chahiye isliye kar raha hain.“
(Free translation: When the shooting started, I didn’t think much about it. Because then it is needed. Vijay and Karthik supported so much that the budget came to more than double, but they understood that they were doing it because the film needed it.)
Led by Rishab himself, Kantara also starring Sapthami Gowda, Kishore, Achyuth Kumar, Pramod Shetty and others. It will also be released in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu.