‘Ekam’ trailer out: Prakash Raj and Raj B Shetty headline a web series where multiple narratives unfold seamlessly

Produced by renowned actor-filmmaker Rakshit Shetty, this one, will stream on 13 July on www.ekamtheseries.com.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 07, 2024 | 11:52 PM Updated Jul 08, 2024 | 12:33 AM

Prakash Raj and Raj B Shetty in 'Ekam'. (X)

The trailer for Ekam, a Kannada web series produced by Rakshit Shetty’s Paramvah Studios, in collaboration, with Journeyman Productions, has been released. Starting development in 2020, the series will stream exclusively on Rakshit’s platform, www.ekamtheseries.com.

Created by Sandeep PS and Sumanth Bhat, Ekam comprises seven anthology stories featuring prominent actors like Prakash Raj and Raj B Shetty. It is scheduled to premiere on 13 July.

Like Kantara (2022), Ekam delves into mythological themes set in modern times. The trailer opens with a hunter confidently taking down a boar with his rifle, displaying no remorse or empathy, but rather satisfaction. Hunting is portrayed as integral to his survival and lifestyle. The character appears to face societal condemnation and potential ostracisation due to his unconventional pursuits.

 Ekam appears to delve into multiple conflicts, potentially exploring themes of caste discrimination and childhood trauma. A significant aspect of the series is its thorough examination of Bhootaradhane, the practice of spirit worship that gained national attention following Kantara.

Sumanth Bhat explained, “All OTT platforms rejected Ekam because it’s a Kannada show and the Kannada market is still emerging. We’re offering the web series for the price of a movie ticket, ₹149.” We aim to present authentic stories and make them accessible to global audiences, he added.

Rakshit Shetty, discussing the web series, stated that he viewed the final version of Ekam in October 2021 and was delighted to see it realised. “It’s a unique endeavor,” he noted.

In an interview, the actor recognised that the Kannada film industry hasn’t yet cracked the formula for web series. He observed that filmmakers in the industry still prioritise making films over venturing into series.

 Tamil web series are considerably popular, drawing interest from major stars and production houses. Similarly, Telugu and Malayalam industries have seen success, with more expected to continue the trend. However, the Kannada film industry lags in this aspect. If Rakshit Shetty, a prominent name, faces challenges in securing an OTT deal, it raises concerns about the hurdles less established filmmakers may encounter.

Ekam, inspired by Malgudi Days, traverses diverse geographies, cultures, and lifetimes, aiming to resonate in today’s divided world by highlighting shared human experiences. Set in Karavali, the coastal region of Karnataka, these stories explore universal themes such as joy, sorrow, identity crises, confusion, and liberation.

(Edited by S Subhakeerthana)

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