Actor-director Rishab Shetty's recent release of Kantara was a massive hit and the makers are working towards expanding the film. The sequel is not going to be about the aftermath of Shiva’s disappearance at the end of the first part, instead, it will deal with events from the past.
In an interaction with Deadline, Hombale Films’ Vijay Kiragandur confirmed that Rishab Shetty is scripting Kantara 2, which will be a prequel. “Rishab is writing the story now and has gone to the forests of coastal Karnataka with his writing associates for two months to conduct research for the film,” Vijay Kiragandur said.
He also maintained that the film will go on floors in June as Rishab wants to shoot during the monsoon season. Unlike the first part, Kantara 2 will also be a pan-Indina film. The first movie became a word-of-mouth sensation and finished with more than Rs 400 crore at the box office.
The prequel is likely to be a mega project as Vijay revealed that no expense will be spared in producing the ambitious second film. To everyone’s surprise, Hombale films is planning to spend over Rs 3000 crore, over the next five years.
Vijay told Deadline, “Kantara was so successful that whatever we do next has to be big, as expectations are high. We’ll add a few names to the cast but we want to keep it authentic and similar in style and substance to the first film.”
Kantara was made with a budget of Rs 16 crore, and it went on to earn more than Rs 400 crore, from across the world.
For those unaware, Kantara is a story of a land acquisition problem in a tribal village that struck a chord across the nation. Directed by and starring Rishab Shetty, the film also had Kishore, Achyuth Kumar, Promad Shetty, and Sapthami Gowda in pivotal roles.
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