Lights, cam­era

India Today - - SIMPLY BANGALORE - by Aye­sha Aleem

His­tory was made in Septem­ber when Lu­cia In­dia’s first crowd funded Kan­nada fea­ture film, was re­leased com­mer­cially in nearly 100 cine­mas across the coun­try. It’s been an in­ter­est­ing jour­ney for the film that may not have been made if its cre­ator hadn’t thought of some­thing in­no­va­tive. Lifeu Isht­ene ( This is all there is to life), the July 2011 Kan­nada film, star­ring Di­ganth, was thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing. So fans were wait­ing to see what film­maker Pawan Ku­mar does next.

In De­cem­ber 2011, Pawan an­nounced that he would be work­ing on a pro­duc­tion ti­tled

Lu­cia, which is the story of a man who works as a cin­ema usher and suf­fers from in­som­nia. But it was dif­fi­cult to find fund­ing for the in­de­pen­dent project so Pawan tried some­thing un­con­ven­tional.

He reached out to the peo­ple who de­ter­mine whether a movie be­comes a hit or not— the au­di­ence. He asked for their sup­port through fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions us­ing a Face­book page. In­vestors came forth from around the world. In the end, 110 peo­ple helped him raise Rs 51 lakh in just 27 days.

In July 2013, the pro­duc­tion was screened at the Lon­don In­dian Film Fes­ti­val. Ir­rfan Khan, who watched Lu­cia at LIFF, had high praises for it. Call him a mav­er­ick or just some­one who loves cin­ema. Pawan Ku­mar is shak­ing things up for the bet­ter in the Kan­nada film in­dus­try.

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