Kantara, directed by Rishab Shetty, doesn’t seem to have impressed filmmaker Anand Gandhi. The director served as the creative director of Tumbbad and produced movies such as the critically praised Ship of Theseus. As per him, contrary to what many people have said after viewing the new Kannada film, Kantara is nothing like his Tumbbad.
Anand expressed his opinions about the movie on Twitter. “Kantara is nothing like Tumbbad. My idea behind Tumbbad was to use the horror as an allegory of toxic masculinity and parochialism. Kantara is a celebration of these,” he wrote.
Rishab Shetty’s film Kantara, which had its debut on September 30, received a tonne of favourable praise from spectators for its story and gorgeous cinematography. The protagonist of the film Kantara, which is situated in the imaginary village of Dakshina Kannada, is Kambala champion Rishab Shetty, who battles an honourable Forest Range officer. Kishore, Rishab Shetty, Pramod Shetty, and other notable performers can be seen in Kantara, a Hombale Films production. Some individuals have criticised the scenes in which the lead actor, Shiva, bullies a woman into falling in love with him and acts like a violent village rowdy, despite the film receiving excellent reviews and grossing more than 400 crore at the box office.
Previously, the movie also received criticism from director Abhiroop Basu. In a statement to ETimes Abhiroop said, “I feel it’s a mockery of anyone’s intelligence. Poorly made, regressive, loud, replete with tropes, no real character to root for, so-called plot twists appear dishonest and merely serve as gimmicks, the protagonist’s redemption arc is laughable and by the time the film reaches the much talked about climax, I am not really interested anymore.”
He added, “But I guess it shouldn’t really be shocking for a film that forces you to believe in ‘divine intervention’ earning aplenty, especially in a time when you are trying hard as a country to prove the scientific relevance of a mythological character. So really, it all fits in.”
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