Kanatra is a story about Shiva, a tribal vagabond who lives with his mother in a hamlet and stays away from the traditional Daivaradhane and Bhoota Kola legacy due to an unforgettable childhood incident. He is happy loafing around with his friends and doing petty jobs for his landlord. When Forest officer Murali enters the scene, it gives a fresh dimension to the man-vs-nature fight. Can Shiva save the forest from Murali? Or is Murali just a dummy bait cast by bigger fish?



Kantara, which means a  Mystical Forest, is a 2022 Indian Kannada-language action thriller film written and directed by Rishab Shetty and produced by Vijay Kiragandur under Hombale Films. The film stars Rishab Shetty as a Kambala champion who is at loggerheads with an upright forest officer, Murali (played by Kishore).

Set and filmed in Keradi in coastal Karnataka, the principal photography began in August 2021. The cinematography was handled by Arvind S. Kashyap, with B. Ajaneesh Loknath scoring music for the film, and the action sequences were choreographed by the action director Vikram More. Debutant Dharani Gange Putra handled the production design.

The worldwide gross collections crossed the 400 crore mark in 53 days. The Hindi version grossed ₹960 million in 39 days with net collections of ₹820 million.