Nine filmmakers and over 40 actors have collaborated for Navarasa, an upcoming nine-film Tamil anthology project to financially support over 10,000 people from the Tamil film industry, who have had no source of income over the last few months due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Presented by filmmakers Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Pachapakesan, Navarasa will bring together nine directors- Arvind Swami, Bejoy Nambiar, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Karthik Subbaraj, Karthick Naren, KV Anand, Ponram, Rathindran Prasad, and Halitha Shameem.
Navarasa, which will premiere on streaming platform Netflix, is nearing the end of its shooting, the film’s publicity relations manager told Silverscreen India.
The film features a line up of over 40 actors –Revathy, Aishwarya Rajesh, Nithya Menen, Poorna, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Suriya, Vijay Sethupathi, Prakash Raj, Saravanan, Gautham Karthik, Ashok Selvan, Robo Shankar, Siddharth, among others.
Speaking about the initiative, Mani Ratnam and Jayendra said in a press release, “Navarasa is truly a gesture of solidarity as it brought the industry together to provide support during an unprecedented crisis. We are thrilled to say the relief and support from the film will reach over 10,000 deserving beneficiaries across the industry, starting from February 2021 for upto six months. To effectively identify and reach the beneficiaries and their families, we turned to Director RK Selvamani, President of Film Employees Federation of South India.”
“We hope this relief will enable the industry to come back stronger and continue creating stellar work loved by audiences everywhere,” they added.
It was announced earlier that those working on this project will be offering their services pro-bono, and proceeds from the project will go towards the welfare of the Tamil film industry workers who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The press note also mentioned that the makers have partnered with Bhoomika Trust, a Chennai-based NGO that works in the area of disaster response and rehabilitation.
This is Netflix’s second Tamil anthology project after Paava Kadhaigal, which released in December 2020.