Rishab Shetty is on board as the director as well as the lead actor in Kantara. The film also stars Kishore and Achyuth Kumar in the lead roles and is bankrolled by Hombale Films. "Kantara is a mysterious forest and this is a story that happens around the area, if I were to explain it as per my story. The film title has a tagline calling it a dhanta kathe or a legend. I did not want to give the film a straight or direct title. The word is not used often. While it has Sankrit origins, it is used in Kannada too. It is used in Yakshagana too, where we call a very mysterious forest Kantara. This title creates a mystery and let everyone even solve it right from the title itself," shares Rishab.