Netflix has announced a new Tamil anthology film ‘Navarasa’ which will be presented by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan. ‘Navarasa’ is an ensemble of nine stories each representing a ‘Rasa’ (emotion) – anger, compassion, courage, disgust, fear, laughter, love, peace and wonder.
Each story in Navarasa is helmed by some of the finest directors in the Tamil film industry, who have all given their own unique touch to the Rasa they are depicting. These directors include Arvind Swami, Bejoy Nambiar, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Karthik Subbaraj, Karthick Naren, KV Anand, Ponram, Rathindran Prasad and Halitha Shameem.
The cast of the new Tamil anthology on Netflix comprises of more than 40 stars and several hundred creative and film technicians of the Tamil film industry. Navarasa is an excellent initiative by “the incredible creative community of Tamil cinema has united to send a strong message of solidarity and resilience and graciously offer their services pro-bono.”
The proceeds of this anthology of nine short films will be contributed to “the well-being of film workers in Tamil cinema impacted by the pandemic.” Navarasa was created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan for the very purpose of raising funds for those severely impacted in the industry due the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 crisis.
Justickets is bankrolling the Netflix Tamil anthology ‘Navarasa’ with AP International and Wide Angle Creations serving as executive producers.
Speaking on this collaboration, Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan said, “We have always loved to brainstorm and come up with unique ideas to raise money for deserving causes. This time the brainstorming was for the cause of our own industry, to soothe and try and alleviate to some extent the agony of our people who had no work for months. The idea of making short films and raising money through them for this cause was born on one such brainstorming evening. We were thrilled when the idea resonated well instantly with leading directors, actors and technicians of the industry that we approached. The idea of Navarasa was a spark when we discussed it and the industry has come together to make it glow, give it soul and make it count for its people. We are happy that Netflix has come forward to take this confluence of emotion, talent, people and the cause to the world.”
Navarasa, the nine short films Tamil anthology will release worldwide on Netflix. The release date is yet to be revealed by the streaming platform.
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