Meet Pratheek Shetty, The Genius Behind Kantara’s Editing

Hombale Films ‘Kantara’ is truly winning all hearts with its unprecedented growth across the nation. But do you know the man who brilliantly edited the movie and got the fame the movie deserved?

Editing work of Kantara

Hombale Films ‘Kantara’ is truly winning all hearts with its phenomenal growth across the nation. The Pan India film is registering a kind of popularity among the audience that is never seen before. Further to this, after booking great success with its Kannada version, the film’s growth in the Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil markets is truly creating examples of its success with its constantly increasing box office numbers.


Everyone is astonished by the storyline and especially the visuals in Kantara. Here’s the man from Udupi who is behind the success of Rishab Shetty’s film for its artful editing work.

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Meet Pratheek Shetty, a native of the Udupi district. He has handled the entire editing work for the Kantara movie. Pratheek was also involved in many Kannada movies and has been doing cinematography as well from an early age. His first film as editor was Sarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shaale Kasargod which won the 66th national film awards in 2018. He is also known for working in films like 777 Charlie, Kantara, and Hero, reported

Sources reveal that he was born on July 12, 1994, in Puttur, he completed his schooling in Kundapura and Manipal. He worked as an in-house editor for the Grammy-winning artist Ricky Kej for three years. He now owns a production house called Darkbirdfilms.


He has also worked on the Grammy-winning album

The 28-year-old has also helmed the music video for the Grammy-winning album ‘Divine Tides’. His video work on climate change was showcased at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande. (‘Shanti samsara’ by Ricky Kej).

Also, he has worked on songs like Bengaluru for French Biryani, Demon in me, and intro from the film Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana, Mother Earth, and Aigiri Nandini.

Sarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shaale was his first feature film in which he worked as an editor. In fact, Rishabh had been following his work, especially the albums that he worked on. When he got Karavali (song) to film and edit, he was extremely happy with the output.


Kantara is Pratheek’s third film with Rishabh Shetty. The first was Sarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shale and the second was Hero. Prateek’s editorial debut won a national award for the film.

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Coming to the Kantara, he walked down his own memory lane to make the film as naturalistic as ever. On the editorial front, this project had an immense scope and Rishabh gave him the freedom to make experiments. “I am eternally thankful to him for taking me back to my childhood through Kantara,” says Pratheek.

Gandada Gudi photography 

Surprisingly, he has also worked as a director of photography for Puneeth Rajkumar’s last film “Gandada Gudi” which is going to hit the screens on 28th October. “To work with an idol is an opportunity that never comes our way. I grew up listening to his songs and instances where I danced to his songs in my childhood. It was an honor for me to work with Puneeth Rajkumar” says Pratheek Shetty.


Pratheek further tells that he has shot some amazing visuals in the Gandada Gudi. “Filming for this project was challenging,” he said. There wasn’t a script to stick to. Endless shoot hours following the wildlife were not so easy. In fact, he was given a task to first understand the flora and fauna, and research the species’ behaviors and habitat to capture them into a film.

“Puneeth Rajkumar was an inspiration. He wore humility like a jewel around him. This film is also his last journey. He traveled the whole of Karnataka just to show the audience the beauty that lies within our state. Through this project, he wished to bring the nature, wildlife, and glory of Karnataka to viewers’ reach. Technically, the project was challenging. They shot the film completely in natural light and with a limited crew of 10-15. It’s a raw theatrical experience and everyone should watch it just for its sheer beauty, if not anything. I am simply grateful to Appu sir for taking us on this journey with him,” said Pratheek.