Netflix today announced the release date and launched the teaser of its much-awaited nine-part Tamil anthology film – Navarasa. The film presented by the legendary filmmaker Mani Ratnam and renowned writer and filmmaker Jayendra Panchapakesan, is based on the nine ‘rasas’ (human emotions) – anger, compassion, courage, disgust, fear, laughter, love, peace, and wonder – and will release exclusively on Netflix on August 6th, 2021 across 190 countries.
Navarasa is truly a cinematic marvel and a landmark moment of cultural pride for the Tamil entertainment industry, as the finest and most acclaimed talent has come together to bring this project to life. The most prolific actors, directors, musicians, writers, producers, and technicians from the industry, and beyond, have collaborated to make this incomparable dream a reality.
While the spectacular creative community of Tamil cinema came together for this one-of-a-kind project, many leading icons of the industry graciously offered their services pro-bono contributing the proceeds from the films towards the well-being of film workers in Tamil cinema impacted by the pandemic.
The nine stellar and critically acclaimed directors lending their incredible vision and distinctive perspective on each rasa are Arvind Swami, Bejoy Nambiar, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Karthick Naren, Karthik Subbaraj, Priyadarshan, Rathindran Prasad, Sarjun, and Vasanth Sai.
Speaking about Navarasa, Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan said, “We go a long way back in working together to raise funds for causes. The pandemic was staring at our face to stand up and do something. We realized our industry was the most badly hit and we felt a strong urge to do something for our own people. Navarasa was born from this strong urge to help and support the Tamil film industry. We reached out to directors, actors, and technicians in the industry with this idea. The response was a spontaneous yes from all of them.”
“The project was executed in the thick of the pandemic, under the most difficult conditions by the different teams. Putting the utmost safety measures in place, nine films were completed. Today Navarasa is ready for the world to see. People in 180 countries will see the work created by an industry coming together for its people with passion and commitment. Every one of the industry icons have put their heart and soul into this project for the cause, working pro bono. The result is an anthology that we are excited to reveal and share with pride. Navarasa will showcase the talent and creativity of our industry. It will also support 12000 of our colleagues to tide through the pandemic. Wide support across the industry has been individually delivered with the help of Bhoomika trust. We are grateful to Netflix to have partnered us on this emotional journey,” they added.
The first look teaser released today has been conceptualized by iconic filmmaker Bharat Bala and showcases perfectly the intricacy of human emotions as captured beautifully in the nine short films.
- Edhiri (Compassion)
Director – Bejoy Nambiar
Cast- Vijay Sethupathy, Prakash Raj, Revathy
- Summer of 92 (Laughter)
Director – Priyadarshan
Cast- Yogi Babu, Remya Nambeesan, Nedumudi Venu
- Project Agni (Wonder)
Director – Karthick Naren
Cast- Arvind Swami, Prasanna, Poorna
- Payasam (Disgust)
Director – Vasanth S Sai
Cast- Delhi Ganesh, Rohini, Aditi Balan, Selfie Karthik
- Peace (Peace)
Director – Karthik Subbaraj
Cast- Simha, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Master Tarun
- Roudhram (Anger)
Director – Arvind Swami
Cast- Riythvika, Sreeram, Abhinayasree, Ramesh Thilak, Geetha Kailasam
- Inmai (Fear)
Director – Rathindran R Prasad
Cast- Siddharth, Parvathy Thiruvorthu
- Thunintha Pin (Courage)
Director – Sarjun
Cast- Atharva, Anjali, Kishore
- Guitar Kambi Mele Nindru (Love)
Director – Gautham Vasudev Menon
Cast- Suriya, Prayaga Rose Martin