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Directed by Girish Kasaravalli
Produced by Basanthkumar Patil
Written by Kum. Veerabhadrappa
Screenplay by Girish Kasaravalli
Starring Dr. Shikaripura Krishnamurthy
Apurva Kasaravalli
Music by Issac Thomas Kottukapally
Cinematography G. S. Bhaskar
Edited by M. N. Swamy
Basanth Productions
Release date
  • 19 April 2013 (2013-04-19)
Running time
133 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada

Koormavatara (Kannada: ಕೂರ್ಮಾವತಾರ) is a 2011 Indian Kannada drama film directed by Girish Kasaravalli, based on short story of the same name written by Kum. Veerabhadrappa.[1] It stars Shikaripura Krishnamurthy, Jayanthi and Apoorva Kasaravalli in the lead roles, and Harish Raj, Cheswa, Rashmi Sumukha, Goa Dattu and Sumukha Bharadwaj feature in supporting roles. The story revolves around a government employee cast in a play to portray Mahatma Gandhi, who, on course, realizes that playing Gandhi is easier than imbibing and implementing his principles in real-life.

The film was screened in 17 film festivals and won acclaims Bangkok, New York and Vancouver.[2] At the 59th National Film Awards, it was awarded the Best Feature Film in Kannada.


Rao, who is at the edge of retirement from government service, happens to play the role of Mahatma Gandhi in a television serial. Unknowingly the qualities of Gandhiji imbibe in him. How resurrect is the crux of the film? ‘One would certainly question himself after seeing this film' opines Dr Girish.


  • Shikaripura Krishnamurthy as Anand Rao / Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jayanthi as Susheela / Kasturba Gandhi
  • Apoorva Kasaravalli as Chandan
  • Harish Raj as Nathuram Godse
  • Cheswa
  • Rashmi Hariprasad
  • Goa Dattu
  • Praveen Rabakavi
  • Sumukha Bharadwaj
  • Vikram Soori as Iqbal
  • Nanjunda
  • H. G. Somashekar Rao
  • Akki Chennabasappa
  • Babu Hirannayya
  • Bangalore Nagesh
  • Radha Ramachandra

Production & Casting[edit]

Former President of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, hotelier and actor Basanthkumar Patil is producing this film that has completed 15 days shooting in Bengaluru. "Abhinayasharadhe" Jayanthi plays the ‘Kastura Bai’ role in this film. Dr Shikaripura Krishnamurthy plays the lead protagonist role. HG Somasekhara Rao, Goa Datthu, Ninasam Chaswa, Rashmi, Vikram Soori, Nanjunda and Apoorva Kasaravalli forms the rest of cast. Issac Thomas scores the music and G.S.Bhaskar another stalwart in cinematography, is behind the camera.



  1. ^ "Dr Girish Kasaravelli on 'Tabara and Gandhi' Combine". Supergoodmovies.com. 6 November 2011. Archived from the original on 20 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Suresh, Sunayana (27 October 2012). "'Kurmavatara' in 17 film festivals". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  3. ^ http://entertainment.oneindia.in/kannada/news/2012/girish-kasaravalli-kurmavatara-national-award-070312.html

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