When greed paves the way for betrayal, scheming and murder, a young tribal reluctantly dons the traditions of his ancestors to seek justice.


Kantara is a 2022 Indian Kannada-language action thriller film directed by Rishab Shetty and produced by Vijay Kiragandur under Hombale Films. The movie stars Rishab Shetty, Achyuth Kumar, Sapthami Gowda, and Pramod Shetty in lead roles. The movie is an adventure drama thriller that runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes.

The story revolves around Shiva, a henchman who lives in a small tribal hamlet with his mother. An unforgettable incident that he had witnessed during his childhood makes him stay away from the traditional Daivaradhane and Bhoota Kola legacy. He is a vagabond and is happy loafing around with his friends and doing petty jobs for his landlord. When Forest officer Murali enters the scene, it gives a fresh dimension to the man-vs-nature fight. Can Shiva save the forest from Murali? Or is Murali just a dummy bait cast by bigger fish?



Kantara's Unparalleled Journey of Accolades and Cultural Splendor

Kantara has won several awards and accolades since its release. Here are some of the notable ones:

  • Silver Peacock - Special Jury Award: The movie won the Silver Peacock - Special Jury Award at the 54th International Film Festival of India.

  • Best Film and Best Actor nominations at Oscars 2023: The movie has been nominated for Best Film and Best Actor categories at the Oscars 2023.

  • First Kannada film to win Special Jury Award at IFF: Kantara has become the first Kannada film to win the Special Jury Award at the International Film Festival of India.

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