Acclaimed filmmaker, actor, and writer Rishab Shetty was bestowed with the prestigious special jury award for his groundbreaking work on ‘Kantara’ at the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The electrifying atmosphere at the festival’s closing ceremony reached fever pitch as the first-look trailer of ‘Kantara, Chapter-1,’ the prequel to the critically acclaimed film, was unveiled, eliciting thunderous applause from the captivated audience.
Overwhelmed with gratitude, Shetty expressed his heartfelt appreciation, remarking, “I am humbled by the warmth and honor bestowed upon me at such a prestigious platform.” His humility and unwavering dedication to the craft are evident in the enduring resonance of ‘Kantara’ with audiences worldwide.
Shetty eloquently articulated his filmmaking philosophy, stating, “I believe in allowing my films to speak for themselves; the less spoken, the greater the success.” This profound understanding of storytelling underscores the film’s profound impact on viewers.
Addressing the global expansion of Indian cinema, Shetty passionately emphasized, “Indian Cinema has gone truly global. It is a direct consequence of the exceptional content originating from India.” His words resonate with the growing recognition of Indian cinema’s ability to captivate audiences worldwide.
Shetty further highlighted the universal appeal of Kannada cinema, emphasizing its ability to transcend linguistic barriers. He attributed the overwhelming response to ‘Kantara’ as a testament to this inclusivity, underscoring the power of storytelling to connect with audiences across cultures and languages.
Rooted deeply in his connection with people, Shetty shared, “My films are an extension of the stories and emotions that bind us as individuals.” This profound connection with human experiences forms the bedrock of his narrative style, making his films relatable and universally resonant.
The Jury’s recognition of Shetty’s directorial expertise highlighted his remarkable ability to craft narratives that, while firmly grounded in indigenous culture, transcend cultural and societal boundaries. ‘Kantara’ delves into the intricate conflict between humanity and nature within a fictitious village, delivering a powerful message amidst the clash of tradition and modernity.
The prestigious award presented to Shetty comprises a Silver Peacock Medal, Rs. 15 Lakhs, and a certificate. This recognition serves as a testament to his exceptional contribution to Indian cinema and marks a pivotal moment in his illustrious career.