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Rukmini Vasanth Sets to Star as Female Lead in Rishab Shetty’s ‘Kantara: Chapter 1’

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Actor-director Rishab Shetty, celebrated for his pioneering contributions in the Kannada film industry, particularly with the critically acclaimed Kantara (2022), is all set to mesmerize audiences once again with the highly anticipated prequel, Kantara-Chapter 1. Produced by Hombale Films, this period action thriller has recently generated considerable buzz with its teaser, promising a narrative rich in depth and intrigue akin to its predecessor.

While production quietly commenced, the specifics, including the ensemble cast, have been meticulously kept under wraps by the production team. Although Rishab Shetty is set to reprise his leading role, and a few familiar faces from the original Kantara are expected to return, details about the extended cast, notably the female lead, remain undisclosed. While there’s speculation abound regarding potential cast members, recent reports hint at negotiations with the talented Rukmini Vasanth.

Rukmini Vasanth, renowned for her standout performances in projects like Hemanth M Rao-Rakshit Shetty’s Sapta Sagaradaache Ello 1 and 2, has established herself as a sought-after talent in Kannada cinema and beyond. Sources suggest that Rukmini has undergone a screen test for a pivotal role in the prequel, with discussions currently underway.

In the midst of her busy schedule, which includes the eagerly awaited release of Bagheera starring Sriimurali, as well as her involvement in Bairathi Ranagal alongside Shivarajkumar, Rukmini is also gearing up for her Tamil debut opposite Vijay Sethupathi in a film helmed by Arumugakumar. Furthermore, she is part of a significant project directed by AR Murugadoss, where she will share the screen with Sivakarthekeyan.

The potential inclusion of Rukmini Vasanth in Kantara-Chapter 1 only serves to heighten anticipation for the project. As negotiations progress, an official confirmation is eagerly awaited from the production team.

The creative ensemble behind Kantara includes Rishab Shetty, with scriptwriting by Anirudh Mahesh and Shanil Guru, Aravind Kashyap handling cinematography, and music composed by Ajaneesh Loknath.

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