From ‘RRR’, ‘KGF 2’, ‘Karthikiya 2’, ‘Sita Ramam’, to ‘Ponniyin Selvan 1’ – South Indian movies are coming out with one surprise after another this year. At the box office, Hindi films are dominated by southern films. Earlier Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam films were discussed, Kannada movies have also joined the discussion in the past few years. The last name in that list is ‘Kantara’.
The action-thriller film was released on September 30. After its release, it did so well at the box office that the business of Tamil ‘Ponniyin Selvan 1’ and Telugu ‘God Father’ suffered. With a budget of just Rs 16 crore, the film has earned around Rs 80 crore worldwide so far. This business will definitely increase in the future. Because the Hindi version of the film is releasing tomorrow. Meanwhile, the film’s net income from the Indian box office is more than that of two other south films ‘Ponniyin Selvan 1’ and ‘Godfather’.
Not only a success at the box office, ‘Kantara’ also received critical acclaim. From the screenplay, production design, action scenes, cinematography to the music—everything was appreciated.
Box office experts say that the way the film has done business is an understatement. In just 11 days, the film has earned Rs 58 crores from Karnataka alone despite its release in very few halls! The film is releasing in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu versions. The film is definitely going to take the box office by storm.
Kannada star Rishabh Shetty is the star of Kantara. He is the screenwriter, director and actor of the film. In short, the story of the film is the conflict between man and nature. The director has shown that in the film for three different periods.
Rishabh Shetty said, ‘This is the story of our soil, our roots, which we have been hearing for generations. This story is closely connected with our culture.’
The director finalized the story of the film during the Covid lockdown. But the biggest challenge was the creation of the jungle set. Because, the story of different times of the jungle is told in the film, it can be shown only by making a set. Which was one of the biggest challenges for the manufacturer. The film’s art director Darani Gangeputra said in this context, “We have mainly made the set using natural materials.”
In the success of ‘Kantara’, the director said, the director has announced another jungle-centric adventure film ‘Rudraprayag’.