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NETFLIX PREVIEW: Nine-part Tamil anthology ‘NAVA RASA’ to release on August 6, 2021

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The nine-part film, helmed by industry stalwarts Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan, will release on Netflix on August 6, 2021, and marks a landmark moment bringing together the entire Tamil entertainment industry.

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 18 July 2021: Netflix has announced the release date and launched the teaser of its much-awaited nine-part Tamil anthology film – Navarasa. The film, presented by 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 6, 2021 in over 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 film 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, writers, 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 over 190 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 poured 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 over 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 with us on this emotional journey.”


Source- Netflix

Producers – Mani Ratnam and Jaydendra Panchapakesan

Title – Edhiri (Compassion)
Director – Bejoy Nambiar
Cast- Vijay Sethupathy, Prakash Raj, Revathy

Title – Summer of 92 (Laughter)
Director – Priyadarshan
Cast- Yogi Babu, Remya Nambeesan, Nedumudi Venu

Title – Project Agni (Wonder)
Director – Karthick Naren
Cast- Arvind Swami, Prasanna, Poorna

Title – Payasam (Disgust)
Director – Vasanth S Sai
Cast- Delhi Ganesh, Rohini, Aditi Balan, Selfie Karthik

Title – Peace (Peace)
Director – Karthik Subbaraj
Cast- Simha, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Master Tarun

Title – Roudhram (Anger)
Director – Arvind Swami
Cast- Riythvika, Sreeram, Abhinayasree, Ramesh Thilak, Geetha Kailasam

Title – Inmai (Fear)
Director – Rathindran R Prasad
Cast- Siddharth, Parvathy Thiruvorthu

Title – Thunintha Pin (Courage)
Director – Sarjun
Cast- Atharva, Anjali, Kishore

Title – Guitar Kambi Mele Nindru (Love)
Director – Gautham Vasudev Menon
Cast- Suriya, Prayaga Rose Martin

SOURCE- Netflix

PREVIEW: Haseen Dilruba (Netflix), 2 July 2021 – Small towns chasing big dreams


A woman whose heart longs to live like words captured in a novel, finds herself entangled in the murder of her own husband. Will, she gets lost in the chaos of her real-life novel or find her innocence?

Rani, born and raised in Delhi, having recently married an engineer, Rishabh Saxena, and settled in one such town. A beautician by profession, Rani finds the town and its people charming and peaceful. For her, the days can be spent reading crime thrillers on the balcony or rafting through the river torrents, and nights can be spent taking her husband through her Netflix watchlists. Rani is already hooked to the recent teaser of Netflix’s upcoming film, Haseen Dillruba, and says she can’t wait to see this story of lust, obsession, and deceit unfold on her screens.


Meanwhile, as more days go by, more women like Rani continue to settle in these towns. Whether they will find the peace they seek or whether this town will add unexpected and uncontainable sparks to their lives remains to be seen.

Director Vinil Mathew says, “I have always been interested in stories that explore the various dynamics of human relationships. Haseen Dillruba is one such edgy story, written beautifully by Kanika Dhillon. It was a pleasure to collaborate with a stellar cast, Colour yellow productions, and T- series. I’m really looking forward to sharing it with the world on Netflix.”

PRODUCERS - T-Series and Colour Yellow Productions Pvt. Ltd.


MUSIC - Amit Trivedi

EDITOR - Shweta Venkat Mathew

CAST - Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey, Harshvardhan Rane, Aditya Srivastava


REVIEW: Tragic Jungle – Murky mythology-infested rainforest thriller


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 14 June 2021: An English-speaking runaway bride, Agnes (Indira Rabie Andrewin) comes across workers tapping gum in a dense Mayan rainforest between Mexico and Belize (formerly British Honduras), and is taken captive. The would-be hubby Englishman (Dale Carley) chases her as she is captive with the workers, who themselves are struggling in the rather tough but beautiful jungle. The ambiance of eerie green nature is laced with the Mayan myth- Xtabay, a female demon who preys on those who enter the jungle with her beauty.


The captors take her to be a doctor as she wears a white dress. The entry of the young female in the men’s group ushers in lust and mysterious feelings, as the group, collects the raw gum (used to make chewing gum) from Sapodilla trees. The workers themselves are evading their mentor, for whom they work. The Mayan myth seems to be playing amidst the emerging darkish lust and the frustration of the jungle’s day-to-day happenings. There are few dialogues in the film. The silence and starings of humans trapped in nature’s bowl speak for themselves.

Colonialism and emerging capitalism bent upon the destruction of nature’s pristine creation are in conflict. And, so are the rough-tough hard-working chaps who have become its instruments. As death stalks the prey lured by the inevitable charm of the real-life ‘demon’, the interplay of humans, nature, and myth peaks in ‘Tragic Jungle’.


Cinematographer Sofía Oggioni does an excellent job. His lens captures the beauty of the rainforest with water, trees, rain, animals, grass, mist, and strange sounds. One wonders what happens as much of it was and is vanishing because of human greed. The environment message of Tragic Jungle, no doubt, cannot be ignored.

Mexican Writer-Director Yulene Olaizola, is at his best. Indira Rabie Andrewin’s gives a stellar performance. I clicked the movie by chance while surfing Netflix and do not regret it. Tragic Jungle is good cinema. Well done.

The movie is streaming on Netflix and is in the Spanish language with English subtitles. The duration is one hour 36 minutes. Year-2021.


PREVIEW: Ray (Netflix) June 25, 2021 – Anthology series of 4 timeless stories inspired from the works of Satyajit Ray (Trailer included)


Mumbai, June 8, 2021: Netflix will start streaming specially curated stories under Ray, from June 25, 2021. Satyajit Ray, a world-renowned revolutionary filmmaker, an auteur, and the creator of the Feluda series, is also remembered for writing some of the best short stories India has ever seen. Vastly varying in genre and style, these stories are full of thrills, twists and turns, and a strong emotional core keeping you completely hooked till the end.

Four stories, three directors, two writers, and one legend! Netflix’s ‘RAY’ is an anthology series with gripping stories inspired from the works of Satyajit Ray. The trailer gives us a glimpse into these timeless stories as they come to life. With a plethora of emotions, the tales – Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa, Forget Me Not, Bahrupiya and Spotlight, are full of twists, thrills, and turns. ‘RAY’ is all set to release on June 25, 2021 – exclusively on Netflix!


Helmed by Abhishek Chaubey, Srijit Mukherji, and Vasan Bala, these stories feature intricate and complex characters enacted by Manoj Bajpayee, Gajraj Rao, Ali Fazal, Shweta Basu Prasad, Anindita Bose, Kay Kay Menon, Bidita Bag, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Harshvarrdhan Kapoor, Radhika Madan, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Akansha Ranjan Kapoor, among others.

Talking about his film in Ray ‘Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa’, Director Abhishek Chaubey said, “I’m drawn to stories that twist with whimsy and humor. Hardly anyone crafts those better than Satyajit Ray and a chance to tell this story is a great opportunity for me. With Manoj Bajpayee and Gajraj Rao playing off each other on screen, Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa, I hope is as much of a joy to watch as it was to make. Super stoked about the show and can’t wait for people to watch it!”


Reflecting on his works in Ray ‘Forget me Not’ and ‘Bahrupiya’, Director Srijit Mukherjee expressed, “Satyajit Ray has been a big inspiration in my life. After faithfully bringing two stories of Ray to life in Feluda Pherot, it is an honour and very fulfilling to reinterpret two more stories of Ray in a decidedly darker space. I also got the opportunity to work with a brilliant cast including actors like Kay Kay Menon, Ali Fazal, and Sweta Basu Prasad across the two stories. I’m excited to see how the viewers will react to these imperfect and somewhat broken characters.”


Looking back on the experience of working on ‘Spotlight’, his story in Ray, Vasan Bala says, “Spotlight is inspired by the prolific and illuminating works of Ray. An opportunity that led me to collaborate with wonderful talent. It’s a pulpy, quirky, music-filled tale of some very interesting characters. Harshvarrdhan Kapoor, Radhika Madan, Akanksha Ranjan Kapoor, and Chandan Roy Sanyal are in crackling form. Can’t wait for the audience to watch and react to it.”

‘Ray’ is set to premiere on June 25, exclusively on Netflix!

Producer: Viacom18 Studios’ Tipping Point, Ajit Andhare (Viacom18 Studios), Rahul Joshi (Viacom18)

Creator/showrunner: Sayantan Mukherjee

Director: Srijit Mukherji, Vasan Bala, Abhishek Chaubey

Writer: Niren Bhatt, Siraj Ahmed

Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Gajraj Rao, Kay Kay Menon, Ali Fazal, Harshvarrdhan Kapoor, Radhika Madan, Shweta Basu Prasad, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Akansha Ranjan Kapoor, Rajesh Sharma, Bidita Bag, Kharaj Mukherjee, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Shruthy Menon, Anindita Bose, Neeraj Purohit, Lovleen Misra, Raghubir Yadav, Manoj Pahwa


Source-Netflix, YouTube

REVIEW: Black Holes – The Edge Of All We Know (Netflix)


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 4 June 2021: Universe, Black Holes, Space, Time, Infinity, Physical theory, laws of Physics, light-years,… And, there is much more in this gripping documentary on the race to know and photograph Black Holes at the edge of the Universe by a group of scientists. It’s searching the infinite universe (or finite maybe) for a thing (Black Hole) only existing in imagination or theory. Seeing is believing and to make it see and reach the far away Black Hole is what this one-hour 39 minute deals with.

The frontier of knowledge about the universe is at stake. The distance from Earth to M87 (Black Hole) is estimated to be 54.08 million light-years away. A light-year is a distance a beam of light travels in a single Earth year, or 6 trillion miles (9.7 trillion kilometers). To get a photograph of this (M87) is no easy task as much of the knowledge is limited or unknown. A telescope the size of Earth is envisaged and as that’s not possible, telescopes are fixed around the globe, and the search by the late physicist Stephen Hawking (he died in 2018) and the group of scientists takes shape. It’s called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a global network of radio telescopes.


Anyway, first, what is a Black Hole? NASA definition: ” A black hole is a place in space where gravity pulls so much that even light can not get out. The gravity is so strong because matter has been squeezed into a tiny space. This can happen when a star is dying. Because no light can get out, people can’t see black holes. They are invisible.”

The documentary traces the nitty-gritty of hard work, dedication, and scientific passion of scientists to collect the data from all the telescopes and then analyze to come to the outcome of a Black Hole visual, which will prove its existence. Two Black Holes (M87 & Sagittarius A) are the targets. It will happen or not remains a riddle till the end though hope is alive. The pursuit for the ‘invisible’ becoming ‘visible’ will be a big scientific breakthrough. It’s 2019, and Stephen Hawking’s absence hurts.


It finally happens and with the press of a key, the photo of M87 emerges on a big screen. It’s a big moment and a breakthrough in knowledge. Director Peter Galison’s documentary charting this incredible historical scientific journey by humans should inspire many aspiring astrophysicists. That much more needs to be discovered in the last frontier of humankind is evident. All knowledge is liable to change and many space riddles to be broken.

Having seen this exceptional and stimulating documentary, I have a feeling, a layperson could find some scientific stuff tough to understand. Still, it gives a feeling of hope. Or, maybe, science is our savior?