Veteran Kannada filmmaker Kavitha Lankesh debuted as a director with the movie, Deeveri, based on a short story by her father P. Lankesh. Deveeri, a documentary based on children's nature camp and starring Nandita Das in the lead, won several State, National and International awards including the International Critics' Award and the National Debut Director Award for Kavitha Lankesh.
She then directed other Kannada films like Preethi Prema Pranaya, and Tananam Tananam. The director is now ready with her next directional venture Avva. The movie was cleared by the Censor Board with an 'A' certificate as it includes a kissing scene and some language usually used by low-class people. Kavitha said that both the language that is used only by low-class people and the smooching sequence included in the film were necessary for the authenticity of the project.
The movie, starring Vijay and newcomer Smitha, is based on her father's novel, 'Mussanjeya Kathaa Prasanga'.