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Directed by Girish Kasaravalli
Produced by Soundarya
Screenplay by Girish Kasaravalli
Story by Na D'Souza
Based on Dweepa 
by Na D'Souza
Starring Soundarya
M. V. Vasudeva Rao
Harish Raju
Music by Issac Thomas Kottukapally
Cinematography H. M. Ramachandra Halkere
Edited by M. N. Swamy
Release dates
  • December 27, 2002 (2002-12-27)
Running time
134 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada

Dweepa (Kannada: ದ್ವೀಪ, English: The Island) is a 2002 Indian Kannada language film by Girish Kasaravalli, based on a novel of same name by Na D'Souza, and starring Soundarya and Avinash in lead roles. Dweepa deals with the raging issue of building dams and the displacement of natives.


Located in the backwaters of a dam, Sita Parvata is an island slowly submerging due to the rains. The government succeeds in evacuating the residents by giving them compensation for the properties they own. The village temple priest Duggajja, his son Ganapa, and his daughter-in-law Nagi find it impossible to leave their homeland and make a living with the meagre compensation given by the government. They have but a small hut, which earns them a compensation of 25,000. In Ganapa's own words, the compensation can give them food and shelter, but cannot compensate for the love and respect of their people. On the island, they are important people, but outside, they would be one among hundreds of families struggling to make a living. Centered around this complex theme, the film narrates the struggles of the family and how ultimately in the end they manage to continue life on the island.

Soundarya as Nagi

The 'inner' theme[edit]

As in all of Girish Kasaravalli's films, Dweepa deals with an 'inner' theme: that of human minds that isolate themselves due to former beliefs and convictions. Each character emerges as a representation of different viewpoints. The protagonist Nagi (Soundarya) has been portrayed as an optimistic character whose support is hope and only that. One can notice how the character finally emerges as a symbol of positive thinking and optimism. Ganapa (Avinash), on the contrary, resigns to fate and finally, when they narrowly escape submersion, he fails to see that his wife has achieved the impossible. Duggajja (M.V.VasudevaRao) withdraws from the catastrophe rather than face it. He is devastated to see his convictions and beliefs crumble before his eyes and, in the end, he clings to his beliefs in desperation. Krishna (Harish Raju) portrays a typical dreamer, who can mesmerize the village folk with fairy tales about the world beyond the isolated island. In short, he encapsulates the 'fantasy' world we tend to dream about.


  • Soundarya as Nagi
  • Avinash
  • M. V. Vasudeva
  • Harish Raju
  • Purushottama Talavata
  • Siddaraj Kalyankar
  • Malati
  • Vijayasarathy
  • Radha Ramachandra
  • Sringeri Ramanna
  • Sawant

Awards and screenings[edit]

National Film Awards, India, 2002

Karnataka State Film Awards, 2002

Filmfare Awards for Kannada

  • Best Film.
  • Best Direction
  • Best Actress in a lead role - Soundarya


  • Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, New York
  • International Film Festival Of India
  • Fukuoka Film Festival, Japan
  • Durban International Film Festival
  • International Film Festival of Rotterdam.
  • Cinema Vintage Programme, IsolaCinema, KinoOtok


Unlike earlier Kasaravalli films, Dweepa had music by Thomas Isaac Kottukapally used throughout.

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