‘Kantara’s Ending Explained: What Really Happens To Shiva? Is He Dead Or Alive?

To those who are unknown of the cultural importance of Bhoota Kola, the scream might seem scary and terrifying at first. But towards the end of the film, the scream has a calming and supernatural effect. But after the climax of Kantara What Happens To Shiva? Is He Dead Or Alive? Let’s find out.

The climax

Kannada film Kantara, written and directed by Rishab Shetty, is taking the box office by storm. The Hindi version of the film, which was released on October 14, registered a solid collection on Day 4 (October 17). According to trade reports, Kantara’s Day 4 collection is higher than its Day 1 collection. Due to positive word of mouth, Kantara (Hindi) is likely to have a long theatrical run. Apart from the Kannada version, the film has been receiving positive reviews in Tamil and Telugu as well.


The film received rave reviews, with critics praising the performances and execution. Talking about what really made audiences adore the film, even more, is the last 20 minutes climax. The last climax scene actually leaves watchers hypnotized and is one of the main reasons why the wide word-of-mouth publicity is working for Kantara. If you have never watched a Bhoota Kola in real life, the climax makes you go in awe of what you witness.

The great energy of Lord Guliga Daiva (Kshetrapala), the swift moves, the grand visuals, the unexpected action sequences that are synced in with the traditional moves, and the epic Kola music that includes saxophones, shehnais, and drums create that larger-than-life experience that will remain with you for days.

Is Shiva Dead Or Alive?

As Lord Guliga possesses Shiva and wreaks havoc on Devendra Suttooru’s (Achyuth Kumar) gang. He then kills Devendra and all of his henchmen, eliminating every obstacle to the village. After a few months, Shiva is again possessed by a god, this time it was Lord Panjuruli. He is seen performing at the festival.


The Daiva brings together the hands of the villagers and the officials in a gesture telling them to protect the forest with each other’s help. At that exact moment, he hears the scream from the forest and runs towards it. It is the scream of his long-lost father and God, who are one and the same as they have been for years.

Later, they both meet again in the circle of fire and vanish without leaving a trace, as their job in the village is done. Years later, Shiva’s son asks questions about his father’s disappearance, and he gets a smile in return, maybe indicating that he is going to have a similar fate. And his father might return to tell him of his responsibilities toward the village and the people, just like Shiva’s father had returned to remind Shiva of his duties.

Meanwhile, Kantara is a film written, directed, and acted by Rishab Shetty. The film is about the conflict between man and nature and is told through the divine dance form, Bhoota Kola. along with Rishab Shetty, the film stars Achyuth Kumar, Kishore, Sapthami Gowda, and Pramod Shetty in important roles.