Lifeu Ishtene

Lifeu Ishtene (transl. This is all life is) is a 2011 Indian Kannada-language black comedy film written and directed by Pawan Kumar. It stars Diganth, Sindhu Lokanath and Samyukta Hornad in the lead roles. Sathish Ninasam, Achyuth Kumar and Veena Sundar feature in supporting roles. The plot revolves around the adult life of a carefree youngster, who falls in love easily with multiple women, and observes the consequences, "realizing the meaning of life" and that it comes a "full circle". The title of the film was taken from a track of the 2010 Kannada film Pancharangi.[1][2]

Lifeu Ishtene
Lifeu Ishtene.jpg
Kannadaಲೈಫು ಇಷ್ಟೇನೆ
Directed byPawan Kumar
Produced by
  • M. Manjunatha
  • Syed Salam
  • R. Upendra Shetty
Screenplay byPawan Kumar
Story byPawan Kumar
Music byMano Murthy
Edited bySanath
  • Yograj Movies
  • KK Films
Release date
  • 9 September 2011 (2011-09-09)
Running time
130 minutes

The film score and soundtrack was composed by Mano Murthy, with lyrics for the tracks penned by Yogaraj Bhat, Jayant Kaikini and Pawan Kumar. The cinematography was done by Sugnaan, and was edited by Sanath and Suresh. The film was released on 9 September 2011 to critical acclaim. Following a nine-week run at theatres, it emerged as a commercial success, and was declared one of the best Kannada films of 2011.[3] Having been nominated in three categories, Chethan Sosca won the award for Best Male Playback Singer at the Filmfare Awards.[4]


Vishal (Diganth) is a carefree youngster who is only serious about pursuing a career in music. In contrast, his friend Shivakumar "Shivu" (Sathish Ninasam) is serious about life and advises him to reform. But Vishal, whose parents allow him a lot of freedom, finds his own way to deal with hook ups. He falls in love with his collegemate, Nandini (Sindhu Loknath), who also falls in love with him. After a brief period of courtship, they decide to get married. Nandini wants Vishal to take up a job as it will help her discuss the marriage proposal with her father. He thinks she is the one for him, but only till the point where he has to choose between his music career and her, at which point they break up.

Vishal then meets a journalism aspirant, Rashmi (Samyukta Hornad), who films him, for her academic project. Nandini, initially reluctant, marries Chandan, as arranged by her father. Vishal has an awkward confrontation with her at the wedding. Rashmi, however, falls in love with him instantly and is ready to marry him. Having spent some time together, Vishal also falls in love with her, who eventually parts with her, on witnessing her being approached by an old pursuer, who he connects to, in context of Nandini.

Six months later, Shivu is diagnosed with cancer and is living his final days, and Vishal, working in Dubai, has been in touch with him. He returns to India to reconcile with Rashmi, now working as a television journalist, and finds her dating Suraj (Pawan Kumar). The film ends with Vishal's epilogue on how, in the context of love, life comes a full circle. One should not miss to watch the director's copy of alternate ending of the film on YouTube



Director Pawan Kumar had previously worked as an Assistant Director for Yograj Bhat's recent films like Manasaare and Pancharangi which were well received by critics. The title lifeu ishtene was taken from one of the most popular Kannada songs in 2010 from Pancharangi movie.[5] Three weeks after the successful show of the film, Pawan Kumar said he is planning a sequel to the film which is tentatively titled Wifeu Ishtene which will "show how marriage is a bad idea for the character that Diganth played in Lifeu Ishtene."

International releaseEdit

The film will be screened overseas in the countries of USA, UK, Australia, Singapore, among others from October 2011 onwards. In California's Bay Area, the screening is scheduled for 14, 15, 16, 22 and 23 October at Serra Theaters.[6][7]

Online releaseEdit

The movie got released online to curb piracy and to reach out to NRI audience. The film was released in two versions. The higher resolution version is priced at five dollars, the low resolution version for two dollars and fifty cents.[8]


Overall, the film garnered very good reviews from critics. Newspapers like Bangalore Mirror and Times of India both rated the film 4/5 stars.[9][10] The film is noted for its story, screenplay and dialogues - all composed by the director Pawan Kumar.[10]

Magazine Just Femme has praised the film's just portrayal of feminine characters by saying that "the women in the film are real and they are not the usual whitened, straight-haired, fake-boobed, dolled-up women who constantly forgive the men around them."[11] The Times of India summed it by calling it a 'film for the GenNext' which is a "brilliant directorial debut by Pawan Kumar who has infused freshness in the story combined with excellent script, lively narration and not a single dull moment in the story with punchy dialogues that reminds of a 'Yograjbhat touch.'"[9]


Lifeu Ishtene
Soundtrack album by
Released21 July 2011
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAlpha Digitech
Mano Murthy chronology
Lifeu Ishtene
Mr. Duplicate

Lifeu Ishtene music album, composed by Mano Murthy, was released on 21 July 2011. He also scored the background music for the film. The rights for the album was purchased by Ashwini Audio House. Jayant Kaikini, Yogaraj Bhat and Pawan Kumar penned lyrics for the tracks. The album consists of seven tracks.[12] The album featured tracks from two debutantes, Rengith Raghav and Ankita Pai.[13]

1."Yaarige Healona"Yogaraj BhatChetan Sosca4:42
2."Ninna Gungalli"Jayanth KaikiniSonu Nigam4:20
3."Junior Devadasa"Pawan KumarHemanth Kumar, Ananya Bhagath4:10
4."Maayavi Maayavi"Yograj BhatSonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal4:42
5."Kanasina Hosaputa"Jayanth KaikiniRajesh Krishnan4:14
6."Hrudaya Jaaruthide"Yograj BhatRengith Raghav, Ankita Pai3:02
7."Kanasina Hosaputa (bit)"Jayanth KaikiniRajesh Krishnan1:10
Total length:26:34


Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Filmfare Awards South
Best Film
M. Manjunatha, Syed Salam, R. Upendra Shetty
Nominated [4]
Best Director
Pawan Kumar
Best Male Playback Singer
Chethan Sosca
Best Female Playback Singer
Shreya Ghoshal
Suvarna Film Awards
Best Male Playback Singer
Chethan Sosca
Bangalore Times Film Awards
Best Director
Pawan Kumar
Won [14]
Best Youth Film
M. Manjunatha, Syed Salam, R. Upendra Shetty


  1. ^ Jayaraman, Pavitra (24 August 2015). "Lucia — By the people". Livemint. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  2. ^ Prasad S., Shyam (2 July 2014). "Idlis, vastu and the Swiss valley". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  3. ^ Khajane, Muralidhara (31 December 2011). "Kannada film industry shows signs of recovery". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b "59th Idea Filmfare Awards South (Winners list)". Filmfare. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  5. ^ ಯೋಗರಾಜ್ ಭಟ್ ಮತ್ತು ದಿಗಂತ್ ಲೈಫು ಇಷ್ಟೇನೆ! Archived 29 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Lifeu Ishtene US California Bay Area Screening schedule
  7. ^ Serra Theatres' screening schedule Archived 3 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ a b Times of India - Movie Review: Lifu Ishtene
  10. ^ a b Bangalore Mirror - Lifeu Ishtene: There is more to life Archived 24 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Just Femme - Lifeu ishtene, move on filmdom Archived 11 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Lifeu Ishtene (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Lifu Ishtene Audio Comes". 29 June 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  14. ^ "The Bangalore Times Film Awards 2011". 21 June 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2015.

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