Netflix today has announced its association with Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan for their upcoming Tamil anthology film – Navarasa. The incredible creative community of Tamil cinema has graciously offered their services pro-bono and they will contribute the proceeds from the films towards the well-being of film workers in Tamil cinema impacted by the pandemic
(Note: This is not an initiative by Netflix to give back to the entertainment industry, we are just thrilled to have the film on Netflix and associate with such legendary filmmakers for a great cause) The nine-film anthology, presented by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Pachapakesan, is based on the nine rasas (emotions) – anger, compassion, courage, disgust, fear, laughter, love, peace and wonder.
Navarasa brings together the finest talent of the Tamil film industry. In this exciting anthology, nine directors Arvind Swami, Bejoy Nambiar, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Karthik Subbaraj, Karthick Naren, KV Anand, Ponram, Rathindran Prasad and Halitha Shameem lend their incredible talent to bring their distinctive perspective on each rasa. The nine short-films feature a stellar line up of over 40 cast and several hundred creative and film technicians. 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 from the films will go towards the well-being of film workers in Tamil cinema impacted by the pandemic.
The Navarasa anthology of short films was conceived by directors Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan (co-founder, Qube Cinema) as an initiative that will raise funds to support those in the cinema industry who have been acutely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The project is being produced under the banner of Justickets, in association with AP International and Wide Angle Creations as executive producers. All the talent and companies involved in the project have offered their services pro bono, with the sole objective of supporting the industry at large.