'IFFI: Authenticity Key to ‘Kantara’ Success, Says Rishab Shetty

to ‘Kantara’ Success, Says Rishab Shetty

96 million), “Kantara”

(or ‘Mystical Forest’) has been one of the biggest sleeper hits in the world this

Its director-producer

and star Rishab Shetty attributes its success to the film’s local flavor

Released in

September, the Kannada language film has accumulated a worldwide box office gross of more than

The hyper-local

story, exploring the theme of human-animal conflict, draws on Shetty’s own experiences, his memories

Theu were

speaking on Friday about ‘Representing Cultural Diversity and Identifying New Markets’ during the International Film

“I believe

that the more local and more rooted a story is, the more universal appeal it

Emotions transcend

language barriers,” said Shetty, who also plays the lead character Shiva

Shetty shot

Kantara in his hometown of Kundapura, in Karnataka

He has

previously directed Kannada films “Ricky” and “Kirik Party” and acted in a number of Kannada-language

I observe

society and try to bring that into my films and because I believe in the

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