Challenging Star Darshan’s Kaatera is still going strong in some theatres, but it has also made its way to OTT, where it is getting a lot more love
Kaatera, the film that gave the Kannada film industry a fillip and emerged the year-ender box office hit, is now on OTT. The Challenging Star Darshan-led period film dropped on Zee5 Kannada on February 9, and there is no dearth of love for the film even after its OTT outing. Since the film dropped, there’s been a steady stream of social media comments about all that’s been appealing to audiences.
From comments about the strong content, Darshan’s amazing performance, mass dialogues by Maasthi Uparahalli and Harikrishna’s background score that’s elevated the film and the action sequences, a lot is being discussed online. Darshan’s older version of Kaatera, who returns to the village after a lengthy jail term was also a highlight that audiences have loved.
Darshan plays the title character Kaatera in the film set in the 70s, at a time when farmers were the oppressed class under greedy landlords. A blacksmith whose hands forges sickles and machetes, but never wielded them, Kaatera is finally forced to take up the fight for the people to end their suffering and usher in a brighter future for the villagers.
The land reforms apart, director Tharun Sudhir’s film also explores the casteism of the time and the atrocities unleashed by the upper class on the lower class. As an upper caste landlord’s daughter Prabhavati and Kaatera’s love interest, Aradhanaa, the daughter of veteran actress Malashree, makes her Kannada cinema debut with the film.
Produced by Rockline Venkatesh, the film also stars Kumar Govind, Shruthi Krishna, Achyuth Kumar, Rohith Pandavapura, Jagapathi Babu, Avinash, Biradar, Vinod Kumar Alva, among others. The film’s OTT and satellite rights had been picked up by Zee Network prior to the theatrical release, but the digitsl premiere was expected to be delayed as the film has been doing well in theatres. In fact, the film is still going strong in a few halls across the state.