Kantara (Kānthāra; transl. ”Mystical Forest”) is a 2022 Indian Kannada-language action thriller film written and directed by Rishab Shetty, and produced by Vijay Kiragandur, under Hombale Films. The film stars Shetty as a Kambala champion, who comes to loggerheads with an upright DRFO officer, Murali (Kishore). Achyuth Kumar and Sapthami Gowda feature in supporting roles.Kantara 2022 Movie Download
Set and filmed in Keraadi in coastal Karnataka, principal photography began in August 2021. The cinematography was handled by Arvind S. Kashyap, with B. Ajaneesh Loknath scoring music for the film and the action sequences were choreographed by the two time National Award winning action director Vikram More. The production design was handled by debutant, Dharani Gange Putra.Kantara was released on 30 September 2022 and received critical acclaim from both the critics, who praised the cast performances (particularly Shetty and Kishore), direction, writing, production design, cinematography, proper showcasing of the Bhoota Kola, action sequences, editing, soundtrack, and musical score. The movie became one of the highest-grossing Kannada film at the time of its release.In 1847, the king agrees with Panjurli Daiva/Bhoota (an Animist form of spirit worshipped by locals of Udupi/Mangalore region and some parts of western ghats of Karnataka and Kasargod district of Northern Kerala) to trade his forest land to the local tribes people in exchange for the peace and happiness by Daiva.
Though the Daiva agrees, the tribal people warns the king that the family of the Daiva would follow the diety and any attempt to go back on the word will incur the wrath of the Guliga Daiva. In 1970, the king’s successor gets consumed by greed and demands the tribal people to give the land back during the Bhoota Kola festival, but gets succumbs to the wrath of Daiva and dies.In 1990, Muralidhar is a forest officer, who wants the forest land to be untouched, but is challenged by a Kambala athlete named Kaadubettu Shiva, along with the backing of the his master and the village’s landlord Devendra Suttooru, who is the son of the king’s successor in present day.