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Used to sell water cans, work in hotels: Kantara’s Rishab

Kantara is the second highest-grossing Kannada film of all time. The film even runs successfully in the Telugu belt and Rishab Shetty is suddenly a household name in most parts of the country.

Director-actor ‘Kantara’ Rishab Shetty, in a recent interview, recalled doing all kinds of odd jobs during his days of struggle, such as selling water cans and working in hotels to make ends meet.

Rishab revealed: “Right after the second year I started doing odd jobs because I wouldn’t have money to watch movies and I couldn’t always ask for money from my father, right? Whatever jobs I got, I did them all. I started in 2004 and in 2014 I got my first degree, so in 10 years I had to survive.”

Rishab said some of the jobs he did during that time were selling water jugs, real estate and hotel work.

All this time, he continued to try his luck in movies.

Rishab added: “I wanted to be an actor but didn’t get a chance in the industry because I had no contacts and I had no idea how to approach it. So I read a story about a Kannada actor about how he started as an assistant director, got a few contacts, played some minor characters and then became a hero. Then I thought this way seemed good for people like us. After my education I took a short course in filmmaking, then worked as an assistant director and after 6-7 Years ago I switched to acting.”

Rishab’s latest film Kantara has grossed over ₹ 325 crore worldwide, making it the second Kannada film after KGF Chapter 2 to cross the 300 crore mark.

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The dubbed versions of the film have also fared quite well, with the Telugu version alone grossing ₹50 crore to date.


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