Tamil compilation ‘Navarasa’ to help Tamil film industry individuals

More than 10,000 individuals from the Tamil film industry are set to get support through the nine-movie collection Navarasa, an activity brought about by directors Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan.

The collection of short movies for Netflix was considered as an approach to raise funds to help individuals from the cinema industry who had been influenced by the COVID-19 emergency. A few directors, actors and technicians approached to offer their services pro-bono to deal with the eager project. The point was to join the innovative community of Tamil film and send a strong message of solidarity and resilience.

“The relief and support from the film will reach over 10,000 deserving beneficiaries across the industry, starting from February 2021 for up to six months. To effectively identify and reach the beneficiaries and their families, we turned to director R.K. Selvamani, president of the Film Employees Federation of South India [FEFSI],” Mr. Mani Ratnam and Mr. Jayendra said. “We hope this relief will enable the industry to come back stronger and continue creating stellar work loved by audiences everywhere,” they added.

They have likewise partnered with Bhoomika Trust, which has more than two decades of involvement with disaster relief, to deliver the monthly relief to the laborers and their families.

Actor Arvind Swami, Bejoy Nambiar, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Karthik Subbaraj, Karthick Naren, K.V. Anand, Ponram, Rathindran Prasad and Halitha Shameem will be coordinating the nine short movies.

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