Rishab Shetty’s Kannada blockbuster Kantara stunned one and all with its stunning success all over India. Made on a small budget of Rs. 15 crores, the film grossed over Rs.400 crores worldwide. The film’s dubbed Hindi version alone made Rs. 80 crores.
Now Hombale Films, the studio behind mega-hits Kantara and the K.G.F. franchise, has confirmed that Kantara 2 is indeed happening. And it will be a prequel. It will delve deeper into the backstory of the folklore that features in the first film.
Kantara’s producer and Hombale Films founder Vijay Kiragandur has confirmed the development in a chat with online news portal Deadline. “Rishab is writing the story now and has gone to the forests of coastal Karnataka with his writing associates for two months to conduct research for the film”. Vijay Kiragandur also revealed that they plan to start shooting in June, as a portion of the shoot requires the rainy season and give the film a pan-India release in April or May next year.
Set in a fictional village in Karnataka, Kantara revolves around the conflict between the government forest department and a group of villagers, whose land is under the protection of a local deity. How this conflict of ownership of land snowballs into something else, is the film’s plot.
The Kannada blockbuster has been written and directed by Rishab Shetty and also features him as the lead actor. Also featuring Achyuth Kumar, Kishore, and Sapthami Gowda in pivotal roles, Kantara was also released in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam languages. The Hindi dubbed version is available to stream on Netflix where as the original Kannada language version is streaming on Amazon Prime.