Netflix has released the trailers for two of its August titles, the nine-part Tamil anthology film Navarasa and the five-part docuseries Untold.
Navarasa, coming to the streaming service on August 6, is spearheaded by the living legend of the Indian entertainment industry Mani Ratnam and veteran filmmaker Jayendra Panchapakesan. Based on nine rasas or human emotions — anger, compassion, courage, disgust, fear, laughter, love, peace and wonder — this anthology is the coming together of the spectacular creative community of Tamil cinema, marking a larger than life cultural moment for the entertainment industry in India.
Apart from the creative excellence of Navarasa and its talent pedigree, the anthology is also a one of its kind initiative aimed at extending support to film workers in Tamil cinema impacted by the pandemic. Nine remarkable directors — Arvind Swami, Bejoy Nambiar, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Karthik Subbaraj, Karthick Naren, Priyadarshan, Rathindran R Prasad, Sarjun and Vasanth S Sai — come together to embark on a magnificent journey to bring each rasa to life.
Produced by Justickets, co-founded by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan, Navarasa will premiere exclusively on 6th August on Netflix across over 190 countries.
Commenting on the beauty of Navarasa, Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan said, “Emotions may be momentary but some of those moments stay with us for life. Emotions are part of every day of our life and yet some of these can change the course of our lives. This is what makes Navarasa interesting.
“Though at most times there are more than one emotion in play, often it is one that takes control of our mind and soul and spurs us into action. Navarasa is a collection of nine stories born out of nine such emotions. Some of these pivot in a moment. Some take shape from deep rooted feelings. Navarasa showcases them all.
“We are extremely happy and proud of our colleagues in the industry, directors, actors and technicians, who have created engaging, exciting stories from these nine emotions or the classical rasas.We are sure viewers across the globe will enjoy and celebrate this confluence of rasas.”
Here’s the credits for each of the nine installments, produced by Justickets, Mani Ratnam, and Jayendra Panchapakesan.
Anthology Story 1: Edhiri : Karuṇā (compassion)
Cast – Vijay Sethupathy, Prakash Raj, Revathy
Director – Bejoy Nambiar
Anthology Story 2: Summer of 92: Hāsya (Laughter)
Cast – Yogi Babu, Ramya Nambeesan, Nedumudi Venu
Director – Priyadarshan
Anthology Story 3: Project Agni: Adbhutā (Wonder)
Cast – Arvind Swami, Prasanna, Poorna
Director – Karthick Naren
Anthology Story 4: Payasam: Bheebhalsa (Disgust)
Cast – Delhi Ganesh, Rohini, Aditi Balan, Karthick Krishna
Director – Vasanth S Sai
Anthology Story 5: Peace: Shanthih (Peace)
Cast – Simha, Gautham Menon, Master Tarun
Director – Karthik Subbaraj
Anthology Story 6: Roudhram : Raudra (Anger)
Cast – Riythvika, Sreeram, Abhinayasree, Ramesh Thilak, Geetha Kailasam
Director – Arvind Swami
Anthology Story 7: Inmai : Bhaya (Fear)
Cast – Siddharth, Parvathy Thiruvorthu
Director – Rathindran R Prasad
Anthology Story 8: Thunintha Pin : Veera (Courage)
Cast – Atharvaa, Anjali, Kishore
Director – Sarjun
Anthology Story 9: Guitar Kambi Mele Nindru : Shringara (Love)
Cast – Suriya, Prayaga Rose Martin
Director – Gautham Vasudev Menon
Untold, debuting weekly on Netflix Tuesdays beginning August 10, comes from the creators of Wild Wild Country. The five-part docuseries event brings fresh eyes to tales from the wide world of sports.
From tennis to boxing to basketball, these stories aren’t the ones you’ve heard before, even if you think you have. Premiering weekly, each film kicks off at a pivotal moment — the big fight, the Olympics, the playoffs — and then delves deep into what happened beyond the headlines, as told by those who lived it, to reveal the grit, resilience, heartbreak, triumph, violence, comedy and pathos beneath the sweat.
Included are the famous “Malice at the Palace” Pacers-Pistons brawl finally being unraveled by those who were on the inside, Olympian Caitlyn Jenner reflecting on her journey to winning gold, boxer Christy Martin in the fight of her life outside the ring, professional tennis player Mardy Fish opening up about his struggles with mental health, and a misfit band of hockey players known as the Trashers taking orders from the teenage son of an alleged mob boss,
Untold gets to the heart of the passion and single mindedness it takes to be a champion and the ways in which the triumphs can be undone off the field.
The films are directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way (Wild Wild Country), Floyd Russ (Zion), Laura Brownson (The Rachel Divide, Lemon) and Crystal Moselle (Betty, The Wolfpack).
The executive producers include Chapman Way, Maclain Way, Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Isabel San Vargas, Ryan Duffy, Miguel Tamayo, and Jaymee Messler.