Puneeth Rajkumar Was Given Kantara; Rishab Shetty Remembers Telling Him The Story

Due to his hectic schedule and other job commitments, Puneeth Rajkumar was unable to hear Rishab Shetty's narration of Kantara's story.

By Xappie Desk, November 02, 2022 19:58 IST

Did you know that Puneeth Rajkumar was initially offered the lead role in Rishab Shetty's most recent, blockbuster Kannada film, Kantara? Yes, Rishab intended to tell Puneeth Rajkumar the story of Kantara, but due to his hectic schedule and other obligations at work, he was unable to.
'It all happened in a blink of an eye. Soon after I narrated the story to him, he got very excited about the project. He wanted to explore different stories. But, his other projects continued to keep him away from Kantara. One day, he called me and asked me to go ahead with the film without him. He told me that if I waited for him, I may not be able to do the film that year,' Rishab Shetty stated the same in a recent interview.
Kantara was completed, and Rishab Shetty played Shiva in the movie. Rishab was present at the Bajarangi 2 pre-release event just two days before Puneeth passed away, and the late actor asked him about the film (Kantara).
According to Rishab, who recalled the incident, 'He enquired me about the project and asked me not to compromise on my vision for the film. I showed him a few still pictures from the shoot. He was very happy for me. And he told me he was eager to watch the film.'
Rishab had always wanted to portray Shiva in the movie himself. However, Shetty came up with the name Powerstar Puneeth a few months before the shooting began. 'I felt besides me, Appu sir will fit the role beautifully. Especially in the scenes of the buffalo race. But, I was particular about one thing. I wanted Appu sir to master the coastal Karnataka dialect. I was wondering whether he will allot so much time at such short notice,” Rishab Shetty said.
On October 14th, Kantara was released in Kannada and then in Hindi. Rishab Shetty wrote and directed the movie. Kantara, a movie produced by Vijay Kiragandur and Chaluve Gowda under the banner of Hombale Films, has broken numerous box office records.

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