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“The people of India are sentimental. They love stories rooted in our culture and ethos. Filmmakers elsewhere though that such desi stories will not work and they should make something with more western sensibilities, films that are more commercial in nature. However, audience kuch aur hi soch raha hai. They want grounded, rooted, regional village, realistic stories on the silver screen,” says Rishab.
According to Rishab, after Hombale Films made KGF, the current generation suddenly woke to Kannada films. However, the filmmaker and actor says that was not always the case. “In the 70s and 80s there was a superstar Dr Rajkumar, whose films got dubbed into multiple languages, such was his stardom. Humara legacy bhi hai, but har industry mein ups and downs hota hai. Toh after KGF 2, people suddenly had a renewed interest in Kannada films. It is a good thing,” he reveals.
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According to Rishab, Kantara works because in today’s world, the present generation is woefully unaware of the traditions, customs and, culture, ritual, and root heritage. The film addresses those concepts and while stories this rooted in folk culture do not find a place in films, Kantara gives a vent to those thoughts and sensibilities.
“Manushya aur prakriti k beech mein jo connection hai, Kantara addresses that in details through a folk lore. People are loving this connect to nature. That is the film’s USP,” Rishab signs off.