One year ago, on September 30, 2022, the Kannada film industry witnessed a historic moment when Rishab Shetty’s Kantara hit the screens. The film, which was written and directed by Shetty himself, and produced by Vijay Kiragandur under Hombale Films, was a massive success both critically and commercially. It broke several records and became the second highest-grossing Kannada film of all time after K.G.F: Chapter 2, released the same year. It was also 2022’s fourth highest-grossing film in India.
Kantara, which means Mystical Forest in Kannada, is an action thriller that revolves around Shiva, a Kambala champion from Kaadubettu village, who is at loggerheads with Murali, an upright forest officer. The film explores the themes of spirituality, fate and folklore in the backdrop of a forest that is protected by a deity named Panjurli Daiva and his companion Guliga Daiva. The film also features Kishore Kumar G., Achyuth Kumar, Sapthami Gowda, Pramod Shetty and others in pivotal roles.
The film received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike for its gripping storyline, stunning visuals, thrilling action sequences, powerful performances and soulful music. The film also won 12 awards and received 8 nominations at various prestigious events. Some of the awards include Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Music Director.
As the film completes one year of its glorious run, the fans and the makers are celebrating the occasion on social media with the hashtag #KantaraOneYear. The film is also available to watch on Netflix in Hindi and other languages.
But that’s not all. The makers have also announced that the pre-production for Kantara 2 is almost complete and the shoot will commence from November 2023. This will be a prequel to Kantara and will be set in the period of 1 Jan 301 AD – 31 Dec 400 AD with a MASSIVE budget of ₹125 crore. The film will explore the origin story of Panjurli Daiva and Guliga Daiva and how they came to protect the forest and its people. The film will also feature some new faces along with the original cast.
The fans are eagerly waiting for this epic saga to unfold on the big screen and witness another masterpiece from Rishab Shetty and his team. Kantara 2 is expected to release in late 2024 or early 2025. Stay tuned for more updates on this magnum opus.