- Due to a lack of jurisdiction, the Kerala courts have dismissed the petition filed by Thaikkudam Bridge against the song.
- Kantara’s popular song Varaha Roopam is officially back in the film both in theatres and on OTT.
- The Kannada version of Kantara is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Actor Rishab Shetty’s recently released film, Kantara, was immensely loved by the audience, and after a long wait, the film was released on OTT platforms. However, a few days post the release, Kantara’s popular song, Varaha Roopam, was brought under the radar.
Varaha Roopam back in Kantara
A few weeks back, Kerala’s music band, Thaikkudam Bridge, took to the court to claim that the composition of Varaha Roopam was copied from their original composition, Navarasam. Owing to this, the makers were instructed to remove Varaha Roopam from the film and this left the fans disappointed. However, fans can now rejoice as Varaha Roopam is back in Kantara. Post the interim injunction, the Kozhikode District Court has dismissed the plea and lifted the ban.
Rishab Shetty took to Twitter to share the same with a message in Kannada. He said, “We have won the Varaha Roopam case with the blessings of the Gods and the love of the people. We are going to change the song on OTT platform very soon considering people’s request.”
ದೈವಾನು ದೈವಗಳ ಆಶೀರ್ವಾದ ಹಾಗು ಜನರ ಅಭಿಮಾನದಿಂದ ವರಾಹರೂಪಂ ಕೇಸ್ ಗೆದ್ದಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಜನರ ಕೋರಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಪರಿಗಣಿಸಿ ಅತಿ ಶೀಘ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ OTT platform ನಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಡನ್ನು ಬದಲಾಯಿಸಲಿದ್ದೇವೆ . @VKiragandur@ChaluveG @AJANEESHB @Karthik1423 @hombalefilms @KantaraFilmhttps://t.co/STsNEyKmuT
— Rishab Shetty (@shetty_rishab) December 3, 2022
The song, on its own, gained popularity both for the composition and the picturisation, which left the audience mesmerised.
Varaha Roopam Controversy: Back Story
A few weeks after the release, members from the Thaikkudam Bridge band, alleged that Varaha Roopam was copied from their original song, which was released five years ago. They took to social media to seek support from their fans can also informed that legal action would be sought for the same, following which a suit was filed before the Kozhikode District court. Subsequently, the copyright holder of the song, Mathrubhumi Printing and Publishing Ltd (MPPCL), also filed a suit before Palakkad District court, against Hombale Films.
However, both Kozhikode and Palakkad District Courts, instructed the song to be removed from the film as per the ad-interim injunction. A few days later, the courts dismissed the plea, allowing the makers of Kanatara to add the song to the film.
Kantara: OTT Release Details – Where to Watch
Kantara, starring Rishabh Shetty, is touted to be one of the blockbuster films made this year. The film was initially released in the primary language, Kannada, and following a positive word of mouth, the makers dubbed the film in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, and Malayalam – which also received tremendous response from the audience. The Kannada version of Kantara was released on Amazon Prime Video, on November 24, 2022.
As per reports, the digital rights for the Hindi version of the film have also been acquired by another OTT giant. Fans can watch Kantara (Hindi) on Netflix.
Kantara: Story, Trailer and Cast
Set against the backdrop of 1847 in Dakshina Kannada, Kantara revolves around lives in a village where the conflicts between nature and human ideologies have always prevailed. The film sheds light on the popular Kambla and Bhoota Kola cultures. An unfortunate death in the village leads to war between the evil forces and villagers. The lead of the film, Shiva, a rebel and the defender of his village, strives hard to reinstate peace and harmony.
Kantara: Box Office Collections
Kantara was released across theatres on September 30, 2022, and ever since the first day, the appreciation of the film and impressive footfall have led to tremendous box office collections. Made at a budget of Rs. 16 crores, Kantara’s estimated collections crossed Rs. 450 crores. The digital rights were bought by Amazon Prime Video, for the Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam versions with English subtitles; while the Hindi version will release on Netflix.