Kavitha Lankesh

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Kavitha Lankesh
Ms Kavita Lankesh, (Director) addressing a press conference at Black Box, Kala Academy during the 37th International Film Festival (IFFI-2006) in Panaji, Goa on November 25, 2006.jpg
Kavitha Lankesh, IFFI (2006)
EducationBangalore University
OccupationFilm director
Notable work
Deveeri (1999)
Parent(s)P. Lankesh
RelativesGauri Lankesh (sister)
Indrajit Lankesh (brother)
WebsiteOfficial website

Kavitha Lankesh is an Indian film director, screenwriter and a lyricist known for her work in Kannada cinema industry. She began as a documentary film-maker before directing her first feature film, Deveeri (1999), which went on to win international, national and state awards. She is considered to be one of the renowned film-makers of Kannada cinema.[1] She has directed and produced more than fifty documentaries/informational films and more than forty corporate films.[2] Some of the films Kavitha directed have won awards and accolades from critics.

Early life and background

Kavitha was born in Bangalore to journalist P. Lankesh and Indira. Her mother runs a sari shop in Bangalore. Kavitha hails from a prominent family of journalists and media publishers. Her father P. Lankesh founded the highly successful weekly tabloid Lankesh Patrike. She has two siblings, Indrajit and Gauri. Her brother is also a film-maker and her sister, Gauri Lankesh, was the chief editor of the tabloid.[3] Kavitha holds a masters in English Literature from Bangalore University and a diploma in advertising. Before her film career, Kavitha owned an advertisement agency.[4] Kavitha decided to remain single. Instead, Kavitha is a single mother by choice to her daughter, Esha Lankesh.[5] She now lives in a suburb of Bangalore with her daughter and her two Labradors.[6]


Kavitha started in films with a series of documentaries. She has made films about Bannerghatta National Park in Bangalore, the Siddi tribe, and Ninasam, a cultural organization that promotes the development of theater and films.[7] Kavithas first documentary was on a children's nature camp. She went to more than 50 documentaries and corporate films. Deveeri, a movie based on a short story by P. Lankesh, Akka, represented Kavitha's debut as a feature film director. The film stars Nandita Das, Bhavana, Master Manja, Kashi, B. Jayashree.[8] Deveeri won Kavitha Lankesh state, national and international awards, including the International Critics Award, National Debut Director Award, and the Aravindan Puraskaram for best debutante director in 2000.[2] Deveeri participated in eighteen international film festivals and won nine awards. Kavitha’s second film was Alemaari. The film has Bhavana and Prakash Raj in the lead roles.[7] Kavitha wrote the story and screenplay and directed Bimba. The film has Raksha, Prakash Raj, Daisy Bopanna and Sampath Kumar in the lead roles. Bimba was selected to compete in the Bangkok film festival and received raving reviews from critics.[9] Kavitha wrote and directed Preethi Prema Pranaya, a drama film, in 2003. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada and the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Story and was a commercial hit running for 100 days in theaters across Karnataka. Malgudi Days was a Hindi television series originally directed by Shankar Nag, but was revived in 2006 with Kavitha as director. The reviews were positive. Kavitha also wrote and directed Tananam Tananam, a romantic musical drama in 2006. The story was based on a Tamil story written by Kalki. This film debuts Tamil actor, Shaam, with Ramya and Rakshita in the lead roles. Although the film had average to negative responses from critics, it won at Filmfare Awards South for Best Actress and Best Lyricist. Kavitha directed Avva, a Kannada drama film, in 2008. The film was based on a novel, Mussanjeya Katha Prasanga, written by her father. The film has Shruti, Duniya Vijay and Smitha in the lead roles. The film had many positive reviews from critics and won awards at the Karnataka State Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Story writer. Kavitha also directed Crazy Loka in 2012. The stars of the film were V. Ravichandran and Daisy Bopanna. Crazy loka was commercially successful but a film that Kavitha is not proud of because of many ' uncontrolled factors'. Kavitha directed and produced a socially relevant film, Kariya Kan Bitta. The film stars Pradyumna a child artist who won the state award and also had Duniya Vijay, Yogesh, Srinagar Kitty, and Anu PrabhakarThe film won rave reviews across the state.[10] Kavitha Lankesh also runs a resort exclusively for children called Grameen Camp which introduces school children to various traditional village games and life styles as well educate them about farming.


Year Film Title Notes
1999 Deveeri International award, two national awards and nine state awards, Best Debut Director
2001 Alemaari
2002 Bimba Best Screenplay award, Best Child actor award
2003 Preethi Prema Pranaya National award for Best regional film and Best story State award
2006 Malgudi Days Hindi Tele-films Fresh Stories
2006 Tananam Tananam Best Actress Filmfare Award and SICA Award
2008 Avva State award Best supporting actress and Best Story
2012 Crazy Loka
2013 Kariya Kan Bitta Best Child actor award
2017 Summer Holidays Children's English Film

[10] Kavitha Lankesh has also served as Jury for many festivals -International Film Festival of India, Kerala State Awards, Jagran Film Festival and the OSCAR film selection.


  1. ^ sify.com
  2. ^ a b "Back after a break". The Hindu. 11 August 2003. Archived from the original on 17 January 2004. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ Lankesh Patrike
  4. ^ "Encore!". The Hindu. 31 August 2004. Retrieved 23 December 2015.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Solo riders". Theweek.in. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  6. ^ "The Tribune - Windows - This Above All". Tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Fighting the formula". The Hindu. 25 March 2002. Archived from the original on 17 August 2002. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Kavitha Lankesh movies list". Bharatmovies.com. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Kavitha Lankesh's Bimba to compete in Bangkok film festival". Viggy.com. 13 March 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Kavitha Lankesh Filmography, Kavitha Lankesh Movies, Kavitha Lankesh Films". Filmibeat. Retrieved 23 December 2015.

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