Rishab Shetty's Kantara grossed Rs 400 crore worldwide. The film won rave reviews from critics and audiences like. Kamal Haasan, who watched the film a few months ago, has been raving about the film.
In his letter, Kamal Haasan wrote, "This is a belated appreciation letter for your Kantara. I should have written it the very night I saw it. Had I done that the letter may not have said enough? A film like Kantara stays in your mind and blossoms. I am a Godless man, yet I understand the need for one in most. I truly believe compassion is lacking in Gods depicted in most of our mythology. We of the Dravidian stock are a matriarchal society. That is seen in the last scene of your film, where God behaves like a mother, rather than a testosterone father that he started off as (sic)."
He quote Gandhiji and said, "I want to become the mother of this nation. Only a mother can give that compassion which this father you spoke of lacks sourly." There are many unspoken subtexts that even you may not have intended but will be discovered by other minds. That is how a work of art gains the status of a classic. I know you could not have seen a film called Nirmalyam by MT Vasudevan Nair. Your film has shades of that classic. Your cinematic DNA has many forefathers you may not know of but remember that the cinematic language you speak came from them. As I told you over the phone, destroy the records created by Kantara with your next film. There is nothing called luck for those who deserve it (sic)."