Roughly translated to mean “Mystical Forest”, Kantara is a 2022 Indian action thriller movie. Rishab Shetty is the writer and director of this movie, which has been produced by Vijay Kiragandur, under the banner of Hombale Films. This movie is set and was filmed in the coastal Karnataka district of Keradi, with principal photography beginning in August 2021. Arvind S Kashyap handled the cinematography, with the music being scored by B Ajaneesh Loknath, and the action sequences handled by Vikram More. Dharani Gange Putra made her debut as a production designer.
Kantara OTT Release Date and Platform
Kantara will be available to stream from 24 November on Amazon Prime Video in Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, and Tamil languages.
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|OTT Release Date||OTT Platform||Theatrical Release Date||Language||Film Industry|
|24th November||Amazon Prime Video||30 September 2022||Kannada||Sandalwood|
Kantara Official Trailer
Kantara Cast and Crew
Kantara has an interesting ensemble of characters essayed by some of the finest actors of our time. The cast includes – Rishab Shetty, Sapthami Gowda, Kishore Kumar G, Achyuth Kumar, Pramod Shetty, Swaraj Shetty, Prakash Thuminad, Manasi Sudhir, Vinay Bidappa, Mime Ramdas, Deepak Rai Panaje, Suchan Shetty, Satish Achar, Ragu Pandeshwar, Pushparaj Bollar, Pradeep Shetty Bellala, Naveen Bondel, Yogi Bunkeshwar.
The story goes back to 1847, when a king makes an agreement with a local deity to pledge a part of his forest land to the locals in exchange for happiness and peace granted by a shaman possessed by said deity. He warns that his family and successors must keep their word and not reclaim the land. Fast forward to 1970, the king’s successor asks the protagonist’s father to make the locals hand over the land to him, a request which is denied. Thus starts a series of complicated events. Involving the culture of Bhootha Kola and Kambla, we witness a human nature conflict where Shiva, the protagonist, is a rebel, defending his village and nature. Death leads to war between the villagers and evil forces. Will Shiva be able to reinstate peace in the village? Watch this movie and find out.
- The Wire, in a review dated 17th October 2022, says the film is doused in local flavour and tension.
- NDTV, in a review dated 15th October 2022 says the movie is insanely entertaining, carried ably by the protagonist Rishab Shetty who plays his part well.
- Kantara has a IMDb rating of 9.