Rishab Shetty's Kannada film, Kantara, broke several records at the box office. The film revolving around Tulunadu's Bhota Kola garnered attention from all corners of the country and was declared a global blockbuster. The thriller recently completed 50 days in theatres. Amid the continued buzz around Kantara, Tumbbad's creative director Anand Gandhi called the Rishab Shetty directorial a celebration of 'toxic masculinity and parochialism'.
For the unversed, horror is the common thread that connects Tumbbad and Kantara. When the latter released in the Hindi market, many compared it with the former which was a critically acclaimed. Anand, on December 3, tweeted, "Kantara is nothing like Tumbbad. My idea behind Tumbbad was to use the horror as an allegory of toxic masculinity and parochialism. Kantara is a celebration of these."
Kantara is nothing like Tumbbad. My idea behind Tumbbad was to use the horror as an allegory of toxic masculinity and parochialism.
Kantara is a celebration of these.
— Anand Gandhi (@Memewala) December 3, 2022
Reacting to the tweet, director Vasan Bala wrote, "Tumbbad was Rahi's idea...that apart haan point taken."
Tumbbad was Rahi's idea...that apart haan point taken. https://t.co/NNqKeN9bP1
— Vasan Bala (@Vasan_Bala) December 3, 2022
In an exclusive interview with PeepingMoon, Rishab reacted to the comparison between Kantara and Tumbbad. Revealing whether it bothered him, the actor-director said, "No, not at all. Tumbbad and Kantara are good films and belong to different genres. People aren't comparing the films. They are trying to say, "If you missed watching Tumbbad in theatres and watched the pirated version on laptops, phones and TV, then don't make the same mistake with Kantara. Go and watch it in theatres only.""
Kantara is set in Coastal Karnataka and orbits around a character named Shiva. On the other hand, Tumbbad belonged to rural Maharashtra. It released in 2018 and was directed by Rahi Anil Barve. Tumbbad was headlined by Sohum Shah.