Pawan Kumar (director)

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Pawan Kumar
Pawan Kumar

(1982-10-29) 29 October 1982 (age 36)
ResidenceBengaluru, Karnataka, India
EducationPESU, Bengaluru
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
Years active2007 - Present
Known forLifeu Ishtene
U Turn
Sowmya Jaganmurthy (m. 2010)
ChildrenLaasya Pasowna (Daughter)

Pawan Kumar (born 29 October 1982) is an Indian film director, actor, producer, and screenwriter from the Kannada film industry.[1]

Pawan Kumar is well known for writing the films Manasaare and Pancharangi. His directorial debut Lifeu Ishtene (2011) and the 2013 psychological thriller Lucia became one of the biggest turning points of his career. Being from a theatre background, he wrote scripts for plays on stage before working as an associate director with Yograj Bhat.[2] He has also acted in the plays he wrote namely "The Final Reharsal" (2002) which is about an actor and reality television and "The woman in me" which is loosely based on the concept that there is a woman in every man and vice versa. Pawan also holds an production house named Pawan Kumar Films.


As director[edit]

Kumar made his début as a director with the 2011 film Lifeu Ishtene and went on to direct the critically acclaimed film Lucia in 2013.[3] He is currently working on another crowd-funded film C10H14N2, which is at its pre-production stage.[4]

Year Film Notes
2011 Lifeu Ishtene [5] Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada
2013 Lucia [5] Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada
2016 U Turn [5] Kannada
2018 U-Turn[6] Tamil
2018 Leila [5] Netflix web series

As producer[edit]

Year Film Notes
2017 Ondu Motteya Kathe

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2007 Mr. Garagasa [5]
2008 Inthi Ninna Preethiya [5] Vaasne Baabu
2009 Manasaare [5] Dollar
2009 Circus [5]
2010 Pancharangi [5] Lakshman "Lucky" Rao
2011 Lifeu Ishtene [5] Suraj
2015 Plus [5]
2018 Gultoo Phaneesh
2018 U-Turn One of the person who made post mortem reports
2019 Gaalipata 2

As a story/screenplay writer[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
2009 Manasaare [5] Yograj Bhat
2010 Pancharangi [5] Yograj Bhat


  • Young Performing Arts Entrepreneur 2009 (India finalist) by British Council [7]
  • Osians Indian Talent Campus 2007
  • Ability Foundation Short Films 2007 (Finalist)
  • Indian Young Achiever 2006 (Finalist)
  • 101 Genesis Film Project 2006 (Finalist)
  • Best Actor Thespo 2002
  • Best Creative Direction for Times Playfest
  • Young Creative Entrepreneur 2012 Indian Winner, by British Council
  • Best Director for Lifeu Ishtene.[8]
  • Won Audience Award at fourth London Indian Film Festival (2013) for film Lucia.[9]
  • Filmfare Best Director for LUCIA (2013)
  • Filmfare Award for Best Film – Kannada for producing Ondu Motteya Kathe in 2018


  1. ^ Pawan Kumar says 'move on' with Lifeu Ishtene
  2. ^ Kannada Movie: Pawan Hailed Asst Directors Grow - Jayanth Kaikini
  3. ^ Deccan Chronicle - Forget the formula: Pawan Kumar
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  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Director Pawan Kumar (ಪವನ್ ಕುಮಾರ್) photos,Pawan Kumar Biography, Pawan Kumar Movies list". Retrieved 2017-09-14.
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  7. ^ - Biography
  8. ^ "The Bangalore Times Film Awards 2011". 21 June 2012.
  9. ^ PTI (29 July 2013). "Kannada film Lucia wins at London Indian Film Festival". TheHindustan Times. Archived from the original on 24 October 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.

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