In a conversation with IANS, Kantara’s lead actor and director Rishab Shetty spoke about how the challenges he faced playing the male lead and also directing the film,
"The human-nature conflict is present all over the world. This conflict is present ever since humans appeared on the scene. This is what I set out to tell. I have always strongly believed that the more local we go, the more rooted our stories are, the more universal they become."
"In coastal Karnataka region, agricultural land is not merely land, it involves divinity. Every aspect of life is associated with that earth. I looked at agricultural land as a bridge between man, god, and beliefs. I felt that it's also important to tell the outside world about our culture and traditions," Shetty further explained, "Directing a scene and jumping in to enact my role was certainly tough. But I never let the others sense it. Looking back I don't think I can go through it again."
Written and Directed by Shetty, action drama Kantara also stars Sapthami Gowda and Kishore Kumar G.