It seems we are witnessing the glory days of Kannada cinema. The movie industry, which has been the least noticed of the South’s cinema powerhouses, is increasingly making headlines. After KGF Storm, Rishab Shetty’s Kantara is the second highest-grossing event in Kannada cinema to emerge as a sleeper hit. Now the film has succeeded in making another big hit. It is the highest rated film on IMDb, surpassing KGF Chapter 2.
Directed by Rishab Shetty, Kantara currently has a 9.4 rating on IMDb, which is the highest rating for an Indian film. This is followed by KGF Chapter 2 (8.4) and SS Rajamoulis RRR (8). The film, which was released in theaters on September 30 alongside Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan, slowly became popular with audiences thanks to word of mouth. It has also garnered rave reviews from critics.
Indian Express’ Manoj Kumar awarded the film four stars and wrote, “The culture of Bhootaradhane adds a heavy dose of mystery and thrill, enhancing the way we experience the story of Kantara.”
Directed by and starring Rishab Shetty, Kantara (Mystical Forest) explores the themes of land and property. It also deals with the folklore of Karnataka. The film is praised for its visual brilliance and climax.
Due to the good response from the audience, the creators of the film are increasing the number of screens across the country. Kantara has become one of the biggest blockbusters in Karnataka, earning around Rs 60 crore in the state. The film will also be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Trade analysts predict the film could hit the Rs 100 crore mark if the film continues its current momentum.