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Actor, Writer & Filmmaker
Consulting Drifter

Lucia is a Kannada feature film released in 2013. It is a psychological thriller film written and directed by Pawan Kumar. The film gained attention for its innovative storytelling and unique narrative structure. Lucia explores the themes of dreams, reality, and the thin line between them.

The film received critical acclaim and played in theatres for over 100 days while winning several awards for its screenplay, direction, and performances. 

It has been described as a game changer in the Kannada industry by audiences and practitioners alike. It also holds the unique distinction of being the Kannada industry’s first crowdfunded film.

It has been a decade since the film released and there have been several new articulations of the waves first made by this film.

In this session we explore the film’s journey of being crowdfunded and into being one of the most fondly remembered films not only for its content but as a clear marker of the zeitgeist in the Kannada independent cinema movement.

While celebrating the feat, we examine how things have changed and what role the film and its team had in the evolution, if at all.

In the session, we revisit the making of the film and have a conversation with the writer and director of the film, Pawan Kumar.

This session is the first in our ‘Meet the Maker’ series, where we have creators, auteurs, filmmakers sharing their processes.


Pawan Kumar

Actor, Writer & Filmmaker

Pawan Kumar’s artistic journey began in theatre, where he founded Actor Productions, known for its innovative productions. Notably, he returned to theatre with the solo show ‘The Final Rehearsal’ in 2023.

In the film industry, Pawan Kumar has made a mark as a director, screenwriter, actor, and producer. He directed notable films like ‘Manasaare’ (2009), ‘Pancharangi’ (2010), and the groundbreaking ‘Lucia’ (2013). His work expanded to the digital realm with web series like ‘Leila’ (2019) and ‘Kudi Yedamaithe’ (2021). In 2023, he made his Malayalam directorial debut with ‘Dhoomam.’ Pawan also acts in films and has produced impactful ones like ‘Lucia,’ ‘U-Turn,’ and ‘Onda Motteya Kathe.’ He serves as a director at Pawan Kumar Studios Private Ltd, an influential film company.

Pawan Kumar’s contributions to cinema have earned him recognition, including the Best Director Award at the Bangalore Times Film Awards for ‘Lifeu Ishtene’ (2011) and the British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur Award in 2012. His films ‘Lucia’ and ‘U-Turn’ received acclaim at events like Filmfare Awards, IIFA Awards, and the London Indian Film Festival, showcasing his multifaceted impact on the entertainment industry.


Naveen Tejaswi is a filmmaker from Hosabale, a small village in Shivamogga district. He is a writer, lyricist, photographer and an editor. He has written and directed short films Habba Haridina Suggi Shivarathri, Bidugade and Vadyana. All his films are shot in his village. Cast and crew are his villagers. More than 100 villagers have been part of his films so far. His films have been screened in international film festivals in India, Russia and USA, and won awards. He has received the Toto Award for Kannada Creative Writing in 2024.

Lekha Naidu

Consulting Drifter

When not reluctantly explaining what she does for a living to curious people, Lekha Naidu is either facilitating a class for young theatre enthusiasts or rigging lights or translating plays and other pieces of literature from English to Kannada and vice versa or planning photo shoots while finding ways to get on stage or in front of a camera and perform.

Some affectionately call her the Girl Friday of the Arts community, conveniently forgetting about the other days of the week, while she often refers to herself as a theatre practitioner. She has made no significant contribution to the world, yet; but she keeps trying. One of the ways is ‘Avala Hejje’, a social enterprise, of which she has been the Creative Director. She has served as a Consultant to the High Powered Committee set up in 2013 by the Ministry of Culture to examine the national level cultural institutions under it.

Since 2019 she has been utilising all her skills at a community space called Bangalore International Centre.