Kantara director Rishab Shetty shares the film’s success mantra; says, “If a film is more local and grounded, then it has…”

Kantara director Rishab Shetty shares the film's success mantra;  says, "If a film is more local and grounded, then it has..."

Kannada actor, director and producer, Rishab Shetty is currently in heaven as his recently released film, Kantara, managed to break down language barriers and once again proved that content is the king of cinema. While Kantara has grossed Rs 400 crore globally and continues to receive rave reviews across the country since its release in September this year, Rishab has now shared the film’s success mantra. Read also – New films to see this weekend: Kantara to Bhediya; check all theatrical and OTT releases [Watch Video]

Speaking during a Masterclass at the International Film Festival of India, Rishab highlighted the importance of film content and how it should be grounded to connect with audiences on an emotional level. He said if the content connects with the audience, the film will eventually catch the attention of all of India. Also Read – Top South Cinema News Today: Hansika Motwani-Sohael Katuriya Pre-Wedding Ceremony, Nayanthara Gold Release Date Changed & More

“Movies today cross the language barrier. If the content connects with the audience, the movie will be accepted as an all-Indian movie. I believed in the mantra that if a movie is more local and rooted, then it has greater universal appeal,” Rishab said at the event while discussing the theme of representing cultural diversity and identifying new markets. ALSO READ – Kamal Haasan Praises Rishab Shetty After Watching Kantara; inspired by storytelling

Rishab then shared that Kantara basically captures the ongoing conflict between humans and nature. He said the film is an “amalgam of nature, culture and fiction”. He added that our cultures and belief systems are rooted in each of us.

He also revealed that Kantara was the result of folklore he heard and his childhood experiences in Tulunadu culture. “Therefore, I wanted the film’s background music to be a natural beacon of culture,” he added.

Talking about his role as Shiva in the film, Rishab said that since childhood, he has always had a passion for portraying such characters on the big screen. He revealed that the idea for Kantara was conceived during the second Covid lockdown and he shot the entire film in his hometown of Kundapura in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka.

He further stated that his jaw-dropping performance in the climax is the imperative as that is what sticks with people. He added that the regional cinemas of the late 90s had influenced Western films. However, today they are integrating the local culture and the diversity has given them the much needed dynamism and liveliness that have been accepted by the public.

(With IANS entries)

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