Naveen Shankar’s film, set in north Karnataka, follows the issue of farmers’ suicides
Kannada actor Naveen Shankar’s film Kshetrapati had released in theatres in August last year, but failed to find a digital partner. A few days ago, the actor had responded to a social media query stating that it was eventually heading to JioCinema, but turns out that didn’t work out either. Kshetrapati is now coming to Amazon Prime Video, in pay-per-view format. The film will begin streaming on the platform on February 16.
The film had Naveen as an engineering student, Basavaraj, whose American dreams come crashing down when his father, a farmer, takes his own life, unable to ‘manage his affairs’. Heading back to his village, Basavaraj realizes that his father was only one of many who had fallen victim to corruption and corporatisation. Determined to help others in the farming community to get what it rightfully theirs, he leads a crusade against the powers that be. But can Basavaraj manage without the right backing?
For Naveen, who began 2023 on a good note with Hondisi Bareyiri, a film with an ensemble cast in which his role and his pairing with KGF-fame Archana Jois was widely lauded, followed that up with Gurudev Hoysala, in which he played the villain’s trusted aide, Bali. This breakthrough performance is said to be the role that got Naveen cast in Prashant Neel’s Salaar: Ceasefire.
Up next, the actor has two other films, Kuldeep Cariappa’s Nodidavaru Enantare, which is about the internal journey of its two protagonists – Naveen and Apoorva Bharadwaj. The film, Naveen had said, has been shot film extensively on the road across some of the most picturesque, unadulterated and rustic locations in Karnataka.
Thereafter, he has KRG Studios’ Kirik’et 11 a comedy set against a village backdrop, in which Naveen and Danish Sait play the lead protagonists. This is Naveen’s second collaboration with KRG Studios after Gurudev Hoysala.