Puneeth Rajkumar was the first choice of Kantara; Rishab Shetty says, ‘He asked me to go ahead without him…’

The Kannada movie Kantara has turned out to be the biggest success of Indian cinema in 2022. The film took the box office by storm and broke several records not only in Karnataka but also in the Hindi belt. It further worked its magic in Telugu and Malayalam cinema. But, do you know late actor Puneeth Rajkumar was the first choice for the film and Rishab even narrated the script to him?
Rishab Shetty, who emerged as a pan-India star with the success of Kantara, revealed that Puneeth Rajkumar was the first choice for the film. However, he refused to give the nod to the film due to his packed schedule.

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