Pawan Kumar says “Quitting is OK”.
He explains this through the steps of his life as to how he quit, got on and moved at the right stage. Like quitting college to do theatre, then quitting his mentor which was a bold move in his life to do theatre on his own, then quitting his home space to learn more. He then moved to Mumbai and worked in various domains. He became a part of backstage crew, editing, corporate films, ad films and did everything for survival. He observed that many people who come to Mumbai, wait for some kind of magic to happen. He later figured out that this is not what he has to become! His next bold step was to quit Mumbai. He came back to Bangalore and did one show and decided to continue with it. He then started writing scripts and making films as an associate director. He released various movies in 2010 like Pancharangi and Manasare in kannada (local language).
He then quit working in associations and then started directing movies on his own!
He didn’t gave up on his passion and did what he wanted to do always by quitting things that didn’t make sense at that point of time. So to all those people out there, “It’s okay to quit!”

Pawan Kumar, a film director​, actor and screenwriter in the Kannada film industry.
His directional debut “Lifeu Ishtene”, “Lucia” – a psychological thriller, “U-turn” and “Ondu Motteya Kathe” (Yet to be released in India) in recent times has made a tremendous impact on the Kannada film industry.
The man behind the lens is all set to throw his web of thought and entangle your mind.

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