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.