Kantara: Chapter 1

Kantara: Chapter 1 is an upcoming Indian Kannada-language period action thriller film set during the rule of Kadambas of Banavasi  written and directed by Rishab Shetty, and produced by Vijay Kiragandur, under Hombale Films. It is a predecessor to the 2022 film Kantara. The film stars Rishab Shetty as Kaadubettu Shiva.


Filming began in November 2023 and the film is set for release in late 2024. The first look and trailer were released on 27 November 2023. The publicity poster is created by Kaani Studio. B. Ajaneesh Loknath created the soundtrack and background score.

Kantara: Chapter 1

First look poster
Directed by Rishab Shetty
Written by Rishab Shetty
Produced by Vijay Kiragandur
  • Rishab Shetty
Cinematography Arvind S. Kashyap
Edited by
  • K. M. Prakash
  • Pratheek Shetty
Music by B. Ajaneesh Loknath
Hombale Films
Release date
  • 2025
Country India
Language Kannada
Budget ₹125 crore


  • Rishab Shetty


The film’s soundtrack album and background score are composed by B. Ajaneesh Loknath who had composed for the prequel Kantara.



Kantara: Chapter 1 is scheduled for a theatrical release in 2025 in Kannada, Hindi, Telugu Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali and English languages

Home media

The digital distribution rights of the film were acquired by Amazon Prime.


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