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Dvija: The Tale of the Twice-Born


Dvija is a short film is based on a short story titled ‘The Shrine’ by AK Srikanth, and is inspired by and dedicated to Uera Akinari, the author of the Japanese epic ‘Harusame Monogatari’ (1809). Dvija means twice-born, and the short film explores the concept of Karma, Rebirth, and the relationship that the transactional world has with God. The profound and deeply philosophical tale is portrayed through a denouement that is easy to understand, stunning visuals, and an extremely moving narrative.

Savitha and Srikanth have touched on philosophy before – be it the cycle of life and death in their debut production Soul Cages (2012), or in the life of a mystic in their production The Prophet (2013). Dvijahowever takes a huge leap forward from their earlier productions, be it the ambition, the scope, or the philosophy of the project. The film was shot in the hills of the Nilgiris, with a village being created as a set amidst the mountains for an authentic experience. The project stands testimony to the couple’s faith in their creation – having taken three years from conception to realization.

Awards For Dvija: 

  • Nominations: 
    • Short to the Point – Best Narrative Short
    • 12th Bangalore Short Films Festival – Short Film
  • Wins: 
    • Tagore International Film Festival – Best Short Film
    • Tagore International Film Festival – Best Director
    • Tagore International Film Festival – Best Actress
Writer & Director :

AK Srikanth

Choreographer :

Savitha Sastry

Music Director :

Abhay Nayampally




Suresh Kumar

Costumes & Make-up :

Laila Khan