Kantara Movie Review

Kantara is a film that has made a lot of noise on social media as the Kannada version has done solid business. The film is out in Telugu and read our review to find out if the film has any juice in it or not.


The film is set in the 1990’s and the forest land of the Kundapur village of Karnataka belongs to Siva(Rishab Shetty) and his ancestors. The forest department and the village head create huge problems for Siva and his community hereby creating so many problems for the poor. How Siva fights this war alone and wins his land back is the story.


Rishabh Shetty is the heart and soul of the film and gives an award winning performance. He has also directed the film and has extracted solid performances from his cast. Rishab as the earthy village guy shocks you in the climax as his role is goosebumps filled. Sapthami Gowda is also neat as the female lead. Achyuth Kumar and Kishore Kumar also get key roles and they do well in their parts.

What’s Good

Rishab Shetty’s role
Thrills and climax

What’s Bad

Slow pace


In a way, Kantara is Rangasthalam of Kannada cinema. The earthy visuals, backdrop, and emotions are very rooted. The way the story is unleashed is so good and has been erected on a big note. The vision of the director is clear and he has attained success by staying true to the nativity which binds your attention.

The manner in which the film is set up in the 90’s is very good to see. Rishab Shetty has made sure that there is solid drama in the film and gives the masses enough moments that will thrill them. The camerawork, production design, and BGM are to die for in this film. The manner in which it has been dubbed in Telugu makes things easy.

The film has excess length and should have been edited by ten minutes. The manner in which climax is elevated is next level. One will sit out of their seats seeing the climax as Rishab has given a mind blowing performance. Kantara is a film that is rarely made in the craft and emotion is so good and makes up for a good watch on the big screens.

Bottom Line – Earthy and emotion filled

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