Kannada actor, director and producer Rishabh Shetty is very happy at the moment as his recently released film Kantara has managed to break the language barriers and has once again proved that content is king in the filmmaking business. While Kantara has earned Rs 400 crore worldwide and has been garnering rave reviews across the country since its release in September this year, Rishabh has now shared the success mantra of the film.
Speaking during a masterclass at the International Film Festival of India, Rishabh stressed on the importance of a film’s content and how it needs to be rooted in the audience to connect with them on an emotional level. He added that if the content connects with the audience, the film will eventually get a pan-India appeal.
“Films today are transcending the barriers of language. 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 huge universal appeal.” Rishabh said while discussing the theme of representing cultural diversity and identifying new markets at the event.
Rishabh then shares that Kantara at its core reflects the ongoing conflict between humans and nature. He said the film is a “mixture of nature, culture and imagination”. He said that our culture and belief system are inherent in each of us.
He also revealed that Kantara was a result of the folktales he had heard and his childhood experiences in Tulunadu culture. He added, “Hence, I wanted the film’s background music to naturally symbolize the culture.”
Talking about his role of Shiva in the film, Rishabh said that since childhood, he has been passionate about playing such characters on the big screen. He revealed that the idea of Kantara was conceived during the second Covid lockdown and he shot the entire film in his hometown Kundapura, Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka.
He further added that her strong performance in the climax is necessary as this is what stays with the people. He said that in the late 90s, regional cinema had 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.
(With IANS inputs)
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