Kantara Movie Review: A Rishab Shetty show with brilliant acting & powerful storytelling | Newmoviereviews

Director: Rishab Shetty

Music Director: B Ajaneesh Loknath

Kantara (2022) Kannada Movie Cast:

Rishab Shetty, Sapthami Gowda, Kishore Kumar, Achyuth Kumar, Pramod Shetty, Vinay Biddappa, Manasi Sudhir, Prakash Thuminad, Naveen D Padil, Shanil Guru

Release Date & Box Office Collection:

Kantara was released in theatres on 30th September 2022 & the Hindi dubbed version was released on 14th October 2022 & Tamil & Telugu dubbed version was released on 15th October 2022. has a Box office collection of Rs 185.5 core worldwide till 22nd October 2022. The movie also premiered on Netflix on 9th December 2022.

Kantara (2022) Kannada Movie Review: Story

The story of Kantara begins with one of the Kings who was ruling the Kundapur village of Karnataka back in 1847. Despite having a happy family and good people around him who respect him, he was not completely happy. His search begins to find inner peace and after arriving in the forest in front of a statue of a God he found peace.

He was keen to take that statue in exchange for anything the villagers want from him. So, they agree to exchange the statue for the forest lands that villagers will own. But things changed when during the 1990s, King’s descendants arrive to take that forest land back.

Shiva (Rishab Shetty) is a popular name in the village who works for his landlord (Achyuth Kumar) and spends hours with his friends which makes his mother Kamala(Manasi Sudhir) angry sometimes. A strict Forest officer Murali (Kishore) arrives there to let the villagers know that the forest is a Govt. property and without permission, they can’t take anything from the forest. The rest of the story revolves around the fight surrounding the forest and the statue.

Performances & Analysis:

Kantara is a Rishab Shetty show with brilliant acting & powerful storytelling. He keeps the audience engaged throughout the pre-interval but post-interval the pace of the narrative got a bit slow. Don’t worry as the compelling climax will make you happy when you leave the cinema hall finally.

Rishab Shetty with the maximum screen presence has utilized it in the best possible way. Barring a few scenes where his performance goes over the top, he was absolutely brilliant throughout the film.

Another area where Kantara has left a good impression is the music by B Ajaneesh Loknath. Apart from that Cinematography by Arvind S Kashyap & editing by Pratheek Shetty, and K M Prakash were other highlights of the movie.

Sapthami Gowda as the forest guard Leela looks convincing. Kishore Kumar as the Forest officer Murali delivered a good performance. Achyuth Kumar as Shiva’s landlord was okay. With a bit more focus Rishab Shetty and Sapthami Gowda’s on-screen chemistry could have been better.

The expectations from Hombale Films have certainly been raised after the release of the KGF franchise. They are trying their best to keep the record unaffected by delivering movies like Yuvarathnaa, Kantara, and Prabhas starrer upcoming movie Salaar.

Final Words:

Kantara is an engaging crime thriller which worth your time and money due to Rishab Shetty’s performance & direction as well as B Ajaneesh Loknath’s music.


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