Mani Ratnam to Present Tamil Anthology ‘Navarasa’ for Netflix

The anthology of films will focus on the nine rasas or emotions.

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A poster of the Tamil anthology Navarasa.

Filmmakers Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan have teamed up to present an anthology of nine films in Tamil, titled Navarasa. Navarasa, based on the nine rasas or emotions, will premiere on Netflix. The streaming platform took to Twitter to announce the project.

Directors Arvind Swami, Bejoy Nambiar, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Karthik Subbaraj, Karthick Naren, KV Anand, Ponram, Rathindran Prasad and Halitha Shameem have been brought on board Navarasa to bring their perspectives on each rasa.

The proceeds from the films will go towards the well-being of film workers in the Tamil film industry who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, a statement read.

Ratnam and Panchapakesan said in a joint statement, "This time the brainstorming was for the cause of our own industry, to try and alleviate to some extent the agony of people who have been out of work for months. We are thrilled that the idea of making short films and raising money through them resonated instantly with leading directors, actors and technicians of the industry who we approached".

"The idea of Navarasa was a mere spark when we discussed it and the industry has come together to make it glow. We are happy that Netflix has come forward to showcase the effort to the world," the filmmakers added.

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