“Kantara” director Rishabh Shetty says films are now breaking the barriers of language.
“If the content connects with the audience, the film will be accepted as a pan-India film,” said Rishabh Shetty, actor, director and producer Kannada,
‘Kantara’ directed by Rishabh Shetty is her latest critically acclaimed film. He was speaking during a masterclass on the topic ‘Representation of cultural diversity and identification of new markets’ at the International Film Festival of India on Thursday.
“Films today are crossing the language barrier. If the content connects with the audience then the film will be accepted as a pan India film. I believed in the mantra that if a film is more local and rooted, it has a greater universal appeal,” said Rishab Shetty.
Shetty said that Kantara at its core reflects the ongoing conflict between man and nature. “It is an amalgamation of nature, culture and imagination. Our cultures and belief systems are embedded in each of us. The film was a result of the folklore I heard and my childhood experiences in ‘Tulunadu’ culture. So, I wanted the film’s background music to naturally be a beacon of culture.”
Talking about the role of Shiva in Kantara, Shetty said that he had a passion since then. childhood To play such a character.
Rishabh Shetty said, “The idea of ’Kantara’ was conceived during the second Covid lockdown and I shot the entire film in my hometown Kundapura in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district.”
Talking about his powerful performance in the climax of Kantara, he said that the climax is essential as it is what stays with the people.
Rishabh Shetty said that in the late 90s, regional cinema influenced western films. However, today they are incorporating local culture and diversity giving them the much needed vibrancy and vibrancy which has been accepted by the audience.