Navarasa (transl. Nine emotions) is an Indian anthology streaming television series created by Mani Ratnam, who also collaborated with Jayendra Panchapakesan to produce the series through their respective banners Madras Talkies and Qube Cinema Technologies. The series features nine stand-alone episodes based on the Indian concept of the Navarasas, filmed by Priyadarshan, Karthik Subbaraj, Vasanth, Arvind Swami, Bejoy Nambiar, Karthick Naren, Manikuttan,Gautham Vasudev Menon, Sarjun KM and debutant Rathindran R. Prasad. The series will be released on 6 August 2021 through Netflix.Navarasa Season 1 Download
Navarasa marks the digital debut for Mani Ratnam and his production company Madras Talkies. Both Mani Ratnam and Jayendra jointly worked on fundraising activities for social causes, and during COVID-19 pandemic, Mani and Jayendra decided to work on a project based on the Indian aesthetics and human emotions, which they looked as an opportunity to generate enough funds to help the daily-wage workers. The project was initially intended to made as a web series instead of a feature film, due to the non-existent theatrical releases because of the pandemic and as the series being a nine-part anthology cannot be made into a feature film format for theatrical release, since the anthology has 30–40 minutes per story and emotion.
In July 2020, it was reported that Fahadh Faasil, Suriya and Vijay Sethupathi and Arvind Swami will be a part of the series, with the latter making his directorial debut by handling the direction duties for one episode of the series. Madras Talkies discussed the project with both Amazon Prime and Netflix, before confirming the project was to be made in conjunction with the latter during September 2020. On 28 October 2020, Netflix announced the project officially, revealing the cast and crew members working on the project, which will be bankrolled by Mani Ratnam, along with Jayendra Panchapakesan. Mani and Jayendra spoke to the respective directors via phone call, who were ready to work on the project, starting from young to experienced directors, though both of them did not direct any films for the anthology. The casting of the film were also made by the directors of the individual films while also being advised from Mani and Jayendra.
The artists, technicians and directors of the series are contributing towards the film without remuneration, with only the costs of production being associated.