Rishab Shetty’s Kantara becomes the first-ever south Indian film to release in Mumbai’s iconic Maratha Mandir in the original language of its making. The exhibitor was initially hesitant to release a non-Hindi film, the incredible publicity surrounding the film urged him to change the course of tradition a little.
Kantara breaking new records
Kannada thriller Kantara, which was released recently, is basking in rave reviews from critics as well as from the audience. The film is witnessing an impressive run on the big screen. Now, the latest buzz is that the Kannada film has achieved a new feat by becoming the first-ever south Indian film to release in Mumbai’s iconic Maratha Mandir in the original language of its making.
According to the executive director of Maratha Mandir and Gaiety Galaxy in Mumbai, Mr. Manoj Desai, Kantara becomes the first south Indian film in the history of the cinema hall to release without being dubbed in Hindi. Although the exhibitor was initially hesitant to release a non-Hindi film, the excellent word-of-mouth publicity surrounding Kantara urged him to change the course of tradition a little. And much to his delight and surprise, the Rishab Shetty directorial is proving its might and running housefull since the first show.
“All the shows today are already full and it was the same yesterday. The film is doing incredibly well and I am going to stick with it for as long as I can. The cinema hall has never played a Kannada film in Kannada before but when I was suggested by experts that I must bring Kantara on board, I went ahead with it immediately. And I am glad I did so because even though we have dedicated only two shows a day for the film, each of them is getting booked out well in advance,” said Mr. Manoj Desai in a conversation with Filmi Fever.
Kannada cinema reaching new heights
Previously, films like K.G.F 1, K.G.F 2, Vikrant Rona, and other Pan India films have managed well in Mumbai and other similar centers but only as dubbed releases – Kantara, in this case, has not only set a new precedent for South Indian films but also helped Kannada cinema reach more distant heights through the ongoing impact.
Moreover, Kantara is said to be running greatly in many non-Kannada speaking centers such as Chennai and Hyderabad. Thanks to such good responses that Hombale Films (producers of Kantara) is now keen on dubbing and re-releasing the film in other languages.
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