‘Kaatera’ pre-release event to be held in Mandya on National Farmer’s Day — 23 December

Challenging Star Darshan's 'Kaatera' will be released on 29 December. It talks about farmers and is inspired by a real-life incident.

BySouth First Desk

Published Dec 19, 2023 | 4:02 PMUpdatedDec 19, 2023 | 4:02 PM

Kaatera farmers

The pre-release event of the much-awaited Kannada film Kaatera, starring Challenging Star Darshan, will be held in Mandya on 23 December marking National Farmer’s Day.

Taking to his social media account, Darshan shared that a special song about farmers will be released on the occasion.

The Kannada star actor recently revealed that Kaatera is based on real-life incidents and talks about farmers.

He added that Kaatera is inspired by events that were followed by the historical land reforms law in the country —”tiller is the owner of the land”. Such laws came to be enforced during the period of Indira Gandhi as the prime minister.

Directed by Tharun Sudhir Kishore, Kaatera is set in 1974 where Darshan will be seen portraying the role of an iron smith.

As revealed in the trailer, the movie will open to several hundreds of human skeletons found in a well in 1974. However, neither their identities nor the mystery behind the incident is known.

Related: Indira Gandhi’s land reform — ’tiller is the owner’ inspires Darshan’s ‘Kaatera’

Trouble over dialogue in Kaatera trailer

Meanwhile, a group of wildlife activists objected to a dialogue from the Kaatera trailer which was released recently by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at a grand event held in Hubballi.

As seen in the trailer, one of the antagonists portrayed by Jagapati Babu, says, “Ivarella haavugalu iddange, visha illa andre hidibeku, visha idre hodibeku.” It translates to “They are all like snakes. Catch them if they have no venom but smash them if they are venomous.”

The activists alleged that such dialogues should not have been allowed in the first place by the Censor Board. Further, they demanded that the dialogue be removed in the trailer and the film since snakes, especially endangered poisonous species, are protected under the Wildlife Act.

They argued that such dialogues would have an adverse effect on the viewers and inadvertently encourage them to kill snakes.

Produced by Rockline Venkatesh, Kaatera marks the debut of Aradhaana Ram as the leading lady. It also casts Vinod Alva, Jagapati Babu, Avinash, Kumar Govind, Shruthi, Padma Vasanthi, and Biradar in crucial roles.

Related: Darshan takes an indirect dig at non-Kannada movies releasing around his ‘Kaatera’