Filmmaker Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan have teamed up to produce an anthology titled Navarasa, which will bring together nine filmmakers to make films based on the nine rasas. Big names such as Suriya, Arvind Swami, Siddharth, Gautham Menon, and others are involved in the project. The best part of the film is that all the stars are working pro-bono so that the proceeds can help in the betterment of the lives of people who lost their livelihood during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement, Mani Ratnam and Jayendra said, "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 up to 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 (FEFSI). We have partnered with Bhoomika Trust, which has over two decades of experience in disaster relief, to deliver this relief monthly to each worker and their family. We hope this relief will enable the industry to come back stronger and continue creating stellar work loved by audiences everywhere."