Directors Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan have come up with a novel solution to provide financial assistance to members of the Tamil film industry, whose livelihoods have been severely affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus. The filmmakers are joining hands to present the Tamil film anthology Navarasa for Netflix. And the proceeds from the movie will go to those who have suffered due to unemployment during the lockdown.
The nine short films will narrate stories across nine emotions – anger, compassion, courage, disgust, fear, laughter, love, peace and wonder for Netflix, the streamer announced on 28 October.
Directors Arvind Swami, Bejoy Nambiar, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Karthik Subbaraj, Karthick Naren, KV Anand, Ponram, Rathindran Prasad and Halitha Shameem are on board for Navarasa.
“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,” the filmmakers said in a joint statement.
Srishti Arya, Director, International Original Film, said, “We admire how this wonderful ensemble of filmmakers and talent have joined hands to support the creative community. Navarasa is a celebration of the craft of filmmaking and the magic of Tamil cinema that we can’t wait to take to the world.” Navarasa will be the second Tamil anthology project set up at Netflix after Paava Kadhaigal.