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Films are breaking language barriers, says ‘Kantara’ director Rishab Shetty

‘Kantara’ film director Rishab Shetty has said that films are now crossing the language barriers.

“If the content connects with the audience, the movie will be accepted as an all-Indian movie,” said Rishab Shetty, actor, director, and producer in Kannada.

‘Kantara’ directed by Rishab Shetty is his latest critically acclaimed film. On Thursday, he was speaking during a Masterclass at the International Film Festival of India on the topic of ‘Representing Cultural Diversity and Identifying New Markets’.

“Films today are crossing the language barrier. If the content connects with the audience the movie will be accepted as an All-Indian movie. I believed in the mantra that if a movie is more local and rooted, then it has a greater universal appeal,” he said.

Shetty said Kantara at its core captures the ongoing conflict between humans and nature. “It’s an amalgamation of nature, culture, and fiction. Our cultures and belief systems are rooted in every one of us. The movie was a result of the folklore I had heard and my experiences of childhood in the ‘Tulunadu’ culture. Hence, I wanted the background music of the movie to be naturally a beacon of the culture,” he said.

About the role of Shiva in Kantara, Shetty said he had a passion since childhood to play such a character.

“The idea of ‘Kantara’ was conceived during the second Covid lockdown and I shot the entire movie in my hometown Kundapura, Dakshina Kannada District in Karnataka,” he said.

Talking about his breathtaking performance in the climax of Kantara, he said the climax is imperative as that is what stays with people.

He added that the regional cinemas in the late 90s had influenced western movies. However, today they are incorporating local culture and diversity has given them the much-needed vibrancy and vividity which has been accepted by the audience.

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