After pushing RRR makers to reach the Oscars, netizens want Rishab Shetty’s movie Kantara to be the next film to go to compete at the Academy Award nominations next year.
Kantara, a Kannada film, recently became the highest-rated Indian movie on IMDb. The movie defeated many blockbusters like Yash starrer KGF: Chapter 2 and SS Rajamouli’s RRR.
It is quite impressive how not only fans but also celebs like Kangana Ranaut, Dhanush, Prabhas, and many more are lauding this small-budget impressive movie.
Because of its attention-grabbing storyline and impeccable performances of talented actors like Rishab Shetty, Sapthami Gowda, and Deepak Shetty, netizens have already started making the #KantaraforOscars trend on Twitter.
While applauding the movie in a video, Kangana said,“This is what cinema is, this is what films are for and theatrical experience, unbelievable. I heard so many people in the theatre say, log jaate jaate keh rahe the ki humne aisa kuch bhi nahi dekha kabhi (I heard so many people say while they were leaving that they haven’t seen anything like this). Thank you for this film and brilliant. I don’t think I will recover from this experience, not for another week. wow!”
Kangana Ranaut is all praise for #Kantara after watching the film in theaters.#KanganaRanaut #KantaraMovie pic.twitter.com/WoKeVUPqQT— E 4 Entertainment (@E4Entmnt) October 21, 2022
Taking to Instagram Stories on Friday, Kangana also wrote, “I feel #Kantara should be India’s entry to Oscar next year, I know year is yet to end and there may be better films coming, but more than Oscar India needs the right representation globally… this land of mysteries and Mystics one can’t understand one can only embrace it …. India is like a miracle… if you try and make sense of it you will only get frustrated but if you surrender to the miracle you can also be one …. Kantara is an experiential reality which world must experience .. @rishabshetty77.”
Here’s how critics, fans, and celebs reacted to the movie “Kantara”
This scene from #Kantara has not a separate but Universal Fanbase. pic.twitter.com/n3BRG153io— Ravi Gupta (@FilmiHindustani) October 16, 2022
As a girl from coastal Karnataka, the essence of this film #Kantara has been my whole life. Thank you #RishabShetty for showing the world the rich heritage and people of our land and communities 🕉 pic.twitter.com/rjDRdFZDCL— Rashmi Samant (@RashmiDVS) October 19, 2022
Lol, @anuragkashyap72 said movies flop because Indians don’t have money to buy tickets. No one is watching #dobaara even on OTT. Meanwhile, a language film like #Kantara is running successfully in multiple languages w/o multi crore promotions or @taapsee giving idi0tic interviews— Shefali Vaidya. 🇮🇳 (@ShefVaidya) October 21, 2022
1. It’s been almost 6 hrs since I watched #Kantara and “Varaha roopam..” is still playing in my head in a loop. As someone who thinks he is decent with words,I can still barely find d words to capture d experience that is #Kantara. So I am just going to say what comes naturally.— Sai Deepak J (@jsaideepak) October 18, 2022
The greatest Indian film of 2022 is #Kantara @shetty_rishab @KantaraFilm you truly deserves an “Oscars”. 🙌#KantaraForOscars pic.twitter.com/ovnvb9iVtZ— Pavan Kumar N R (@PavanNROfficial) October 19, 2022
Four years ago, after I watched the incredible #Tumbbad, I also lamented why nobody in India watches such good films rooted in the country. Now, as #Kantara hurtles towards 100 crore at the box office, that hurdle has been crossed too.
Tumbbad walked so Kantara could run! pic.twitter.com/ZBskRmoVd1— Abhimanyu Mathur (@MadCrazyHatter_) October 14, 2022
Hey @shetty_rishab thank you for the wonderful lesson called #Kantara All Film industry people will need to pay you tuition fees🙏🙏🙏— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) October 18, 2022
#Kantara Week 1 in Hindi = ₹15cr— Rohit Jaiswal (@rohitjswl01) October 20, 2022
BRILLIANT considering No Promotions on Word of Mouth, No known face just pure Content…..
Since no big film releasing in next 5 days, Kantara will continue to score, post Diwali it will get BOOST…..
I am expecting ₹35-₹50cr as Lifetime
People who have watched both the films haven’t stopped praising it and cannot love the film enough
Genuine appeal to movie lovers to watch #Kantara in Theatres this weekend & experience the magic on the big screen!#4YearsOfTumbbad #KantaraTheLegend#Tumbbad@shetty_rishab pic.twitter.com/JUH4i13RlB— BollywoodRanker (@Bollywoodrank) October 13, 2022
I know I’m a late entrant to the #Kantara fan club.. But what a movie, what a performance @shetty_rishab Nam Tulunaada essence has been beautifully captured! A must watch and probably the best movie I’ve watched in a long long time.. Best wishes to the team pic.twitter.com/j6AaejXAki— SV Sunil | ಎಸ್.ವಿ. ಸುನಿಲ್ (@SVSunil24) October 20, 2022
#OneWordReview…#Kantara *HINDI*: BRILLIANT.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) October 13, 2022
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐#KGF2 makers deliver yet another stunner: #Kantara… Mesmerizes you with strong storytelling, superb visuals and fantabulous finale… #RishabShetty’s retelling of folklore leaves you awestruck… DON’T MISS IT. pic.twitter.com/WCno2tGM0m
Landing cost of film #Kantara is ₹10Cr! It will do lifetime business of ₹150Cr in #Kannada means More Than #KGF2. It will do ₹40Cr business in #Telugu while distributor bought it for ₹2Cr! It has done ₹8Cr weekend business in Hindi. This is the power of an original film.— KRK (@kamaalrkhan) October 17, 2022
#Prabhas already watched #Kantara twice, was ready to watch once more. He praised every details of each character..this scene that scene this character that character. His compliment is a big thing☺#PrabhasEra #PrabhasGirlsFC pic.twitter.com/WdgijuUTC3— PrabhasGirlsFC (@PrabhasGirlsFC) October 21, 2022
Even Dhanush lauded Rishab’s movie. The actor tweeted, “Kantara .. Mind blowing !! A must watch .. Rishab Shetty, you should be very proud of yourself. Congratulations hombale films .. keep pushing the boundaries. A big hug to all the actors and technicians of the film. God bless”
Kantara .. Mind blowing !! A must watch .. Rishab Shetty , you should be very proud of yourself. Congratulations hombale films .. keep pushing the boundaries. A big hug to all the actors and technicians of the film. God bless— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) October 14, 2022
Meanwhile, film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh has also shared the numbers raked in by Kantara on his Twitter account. Adarsh tweeted, “#Kantara *#Hindi version* refuses to slow down… Look at the trending on Day 4, 5, 6… Day 6 HIGHER than Day 1, 4, 5… If this is not fantastic, what is?… Fri 1.27 cr, Sat 2.75 cr, Sun 3.50 cr, Mon 1.75 cr, Tue 1.88 cr, Wed 1.95 cr. Total: ₹ 13.10 cr. #India biz. Nett BOC.”
#Kantara *#Hindi version* refuses to slow down… Look at the trending on Day 4, 5, 6… Day 6 HIGHER than Day 1, 4, 5… If this is not fantastic, what is?… Fri 1.27 cr, Sat 2.75 cr, Sun 3.50 cr, Mon 1.75 cr, Tue 1.88 cr, Wed 1.95 cr. Total: ₹ 13.10 cr. #India biz. Nett BOC. pic.twitter.com/lTQ73J5Kor— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) October 20, 2022
Kantara: The Plot
Kantara is a story that revolves around a demi-god – Bhoota, who trades the forest land of the tribal with the king in exchange of his happiness. The king’s son grows up to be a greedy person and claims the land back leading to a series of events.
Kantara was initially released only in Kannada but upon positive reception, it was later dubbed and released in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. The film has collected Rs 170 cr worldwide, including over Rs 150 cr gross in India.
Here is the trailer that you can watch in case you haven’t so far:
In the times, when big-budget movies are failing miserably to engage audiences, Kantara, a movie made on a meager budget of INR 16 Crores, managed to break many records. We are thrilled as we are living in exciting times when content is king!