A Kantara-related question appeared in recent Karnataka government examinations, leaving everyone pleasantly surprised
One of the main contributors to Kantara's success is its story being rooted in heart of coastal Karnataka. With the culture and idiosyncrasies of the region playing a huge role in the narrative, moviegoers across the world were made to feel intimately close to the world that Rishab Shetty & co. created - so much so that the Bhootha Kola ritual, and other traditional elements, including Rishab's scream in the climax portion of the film, achieved cult status within no time.
Well, it looks like the cult of Kantara is only expanding as the film now finds a place in government examinations. Yes, you heard that right. The Karnataka Milk Federation recently included a Kantara-related question in its examination paper, asking the applicants what the recently-released film was based on. The question carried four options in the form of Jallikattu, Bhoothakola, Yakshagana, and Dammami and, of course, one needs little help in picking the right answer from the lot!
Similarly, the Karnataka State Reserve Police followed suit with its examination paper for the Sub-Inspector post. A screenshot of the paper carrying a similar question (related to the subject matter of Kantara) has now gone viral on social media with netizens left pleasantly shocked about the popularity of Kantara.
Not very long ago, a 3rd standard student from Karnataka referred to the Guliga Daiva in his answer to a question that, quite interestingly, had nothing to do with Kantara. "Who protects the public places?" said the question to which the ardent 3rd grader fan wrote, "Kshethrapala Guliga Daiva"!
Guliga Daiva, one of the oldest and most legendary demigods of the Tulu Nadu culture, plays a huge role in the storyline of Kantara. In the concluding moments, Rishab Shetty's Shiva is possessed by the Daiva to suggest his rite of passage following which he becomes the main Bhootha Kola performer of his village.