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Filmmaker Anand Gandhi says `Kantara` celebrates toxic masculinity

Filmmaker Anand Gandhi says `Kantara` celebrates toxic masculinity

Filmmaker-producer Anand Gandhi, who is known for his films like `Ship of Theseus`, `An Insignificant Man` and `Tumbbad`, has said that the Kannada sensation movie `Kantara` celebrates toxic masculinity and narrow-mindedness.

Both the films share quite a few things in common such as both are rooted in folk tales, have been breakout hits that nobody really expected and present a story from particular regions of the states of Maharashtra (`Tumbbad`) and Karnataka (`Kantara`). But despite these similarities, Anand feels that the two films are largely different in their tone and the message that they wish to convey.

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Taking to his Twitter handle on Saturday, Anand, who served as the creative producer on `Tumbbad`, wrote, “`Kantara` is nothing like `Tumbbad`. My idea behind `Tumbbad` was to use the horror as an allegory of toxic masculinity and parochialism. `Kantara` is a celebration of these (sic).”

However, the comment made by Gandhi has stirred a debate on Twitter.

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A netizen pointed out the difference between the two films from another perspective as they wrote, “`Kantara` depicts the journey from debauchery to enlightenment, the nativism playing an enabling role. `Tumbbad` is the exact opposite — a glorification of debauchery and stereotyping of the natives. You`re right — `Kantara` is nothing like `Tumbbad`.”

To which Anand replied by tweeting, “Your perspective is making me think. Thank you for sharing it.”

Vasan Bala, the director of the hit streaming movie `Monica, O My Darling`, too jumped in on the debate as he mentioned that `Tumbbad` was originally director Rahi Anil Barve`s idea inferring that Anand was falsely claiming the ownership of the idea. Quoting Anand`s tweet, Vasan wrote, “`Tumbbad` was Rahi`s idea…that apart haan point taken.”

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