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Navarasa Web Series Review: Celebrating Emotions, Cinema, And Much More!

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Rating:
4.0/5
Star
Cast:
Suriya,
Vijay
Sethupathi,
Siddharth,
Parvathy
Thiruvothu,
Atharvaa
Murali,
Bobby
Simha,
Anjali
Director:
Priyadarshan,
Gautham
Menon,
Karthick
Naren,
Karthik
Subbaraj,
Arvind
Swami,
Bejoy
Nambiar,
Rathindran
Prasad,
Sarjun
KM,
Vasanth
Navarasa,
the
highly
anticipated
anthology
web
series
has
finally
premiered
on
Netflix.
Mani
Ratnam,
the
veteran
filmmaker
has
produced
the
project
along
with
senior
filmmaker
Jayendra
Panchapakesan,
thus
making
his
debut
on
OTT
platforms.
As
the
trailer
suggested,

Navarasa
consists
of
9
segments/short
films
based
on
9
‘rasas’ aka
human
emotions.
Did
the
Mani
Ratnam
production
live
up
to
expectations?
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Navarasa
movie
review
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Review:
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What
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Feel
About
Mani
Ratnam’s
Netflix
Anthology Navarasa:
Here
Is
Everything
You
Need
To
Know
About
Mani
Ratnam’s
Netflix
Anthology
Segments
Of

Navarasa
Edhiri
by
Bejoy
Nambiar
(Compassion)
This
Bejoy
Nambiar
directorial
revolves
around
Dheena
(Vijay
Sethupathi),
who
avenges
his
brother’s
death
by
murdering
Savitri’s
(Revathi)
husband.
The
biggest
plus
point
of

Edhiri
is
the
performances
by
its
stellar
star
cast,
including
Vijay
Sethupathi
(who
has
also
penned
the
dialogues),
Revathi,
Prakash
Raj,
Ashok
Selvan,
Sai
Tamhankar,
Vivek
Prasanna,
and
others.
The
wise
usage
of
a
popular
retro
Tamil
song
in
the
narrative
has
definitely
contributed
to
the
overall
experience. Edhiri
is
well-shot
and
has
an
appealing
background
score,
which
makes
it
a
great
visual
experience.
But,
the
first
segment
of

Navarasa
falls
into
a
slow
pace
and
ends
up
preachy,
thus
ending
up
as
an
unsatisfying
watch.
Summer
Of
92
by
Priyadarshan
(Laughter)
Priyadarshan,
the
senior
filmmaker
has
delivered
a
laughter
experience
that
is
nothing
like
his
signature
films.
The
movie
depicts
the
story
of
actor
Velusamy,
who
visits
his
school
and
narrates
some
hilarious
incidents
that
resulted
in
him
dropping
out
of
school.
Yogi
Babu
is
in
his
usual
best
as
Velusamy,
while
the
rest
of
the
star
cast
including
Nedumudi
Venu,
Remya
Nambeesan,
Manikuttan,
and
others
have
played
their
parts
well.
But
the
dubbing
of
Remya
and
Manikuttan
looked
forced.
The
segment
unfolds
at
a
slow
pace,
but
the
effective
climax
compensates
for
it.
However,
the
second
segment
of

Navarasa
is
definitely
worth
a
watch.
Project
Agni
by
Karthick
Naren
(Wonder)
Project
Agni,
which
is
directed
by
Karthick
Naren
is
unarguably
one
of
the
best
segments
of
the

Navarasa
anthology.
The
project
revolves
around
Vishnu
(Arvind
Swami),
a
brilliant
thinker
who
discovers
some
mind-blowing
theories
and
shares
them
with
his
friend
Krishna
(Prasanna).
This
Karthick
Naren
directorial
definitely
stands
out
with
its
brilliant
writing,
making,
performances,
and
technicals
aspects
(ignoring
the
‘Nolan’
influence).
The
Dasavathar
connection
has
bought
an
interesting
twist
to
the
premise.
Among
the
actors,
Arvind
Swami
outshines
his
co-actors
with
the
amazing
screen
presence
and
brilliant
voice
modulation.

Project
Agni
definitely
deserves
to
be
made
an
independent
film
or
even
better,
a
web
series.
Payasam
by
Vasanth
S
Sai
(Disgust)
Payasam,
which
is
directed
by
Vasanth
S
Sai,
revolves
around
the
envy
of
a
small-town
man,
which
leads
to
unexpected
events
at
a
Tamil
Brahmin
wedding.
The
segment
features
Delhi
Ganesh,
Rohini,
Aditi
Balan,
Karthick
Krishna,
and
others
in
pivotal
roles.
Despite
the
honest
attempt
to
convey
an
appealing
story
based
on
‘disgust’

Payasam ends
up
as
the
weakest
film
of

Navarasa.
The
segment
gets
the
‘disgust’ element
right
in
some
of
its
moments,
like
a
widow’s
presence
in
the
marriage.
But
both
the
performances
by
the
cast
(except
Delhi
Ganesh)
and
narrative
lack
conviction
and
look
forced.
However,

Payasam
scores
with
its
decent
cinematography
and
appealing
music
score.
Peace
by
Karthik
Subbaraj
(Peace)
Peace
revolves
around
a
group
of
Eelam
rebels,
including
Master
(Gautham
Menon),
Nilavan
(Bobby
Simha),
and
Cheran
(Sanath),
who
face
a
tough
situation
when
a
young
boy
seeks
their
help
in
a
rescue
mission.
Karthik
Subbaraj,
the
talented
filmmaker
is
back
to
form
with
this
amazing
fifth
segment
of

Navarasa.
The
entire
star
cast,
especially
Bobby
Simha,
have
played
their
parts
to
near
perfection.
The
well-written,
well-made
segment
stays
true
to
its
rasa

Shaanta.
The
excellent
visuals
and
Santhosh
Narayanan’s
deeply
moving
music
score
make Peace
a
highly
appealing
watch.
This
Karthik
Subbaraj
directorial
is
definitely
going
to
win
hearts.
Roudram
by
Arvind
Swami
(Anger)
Arvind
Swami,
the
popular
actor
has
made
a
decent
directorial
debut
with

Roudram,
the
sixth
segment
of

Navarasa.
The
segment
revolves
around
the
siblings
Arul
and
Anbu
and
the
emotion
that
rules
their
life

anger.
Despite
having
a
quite
familiar,
old-school
plot,

Roudram
succeeds
in
emerging
as
an
effective
watch.
The
star
cast,
including
Riythvika,
Sree
Ram,
Abhinaya
Sri,
Ramesh
Thilak,
have
equally
excelled
in
their
respective
roles.
Santhosh
Sivan’s
visualisation
and
AR
Rahman’s
music
adds
a
much-needed
impact
to
the
film,
which
might
otherwise
come
across
as
an
average
revenge
story.
Inmai
by
Ratheendran
R
Prasad
(Horror)
Parvathy
Thiruvothu
and
Siddharth
essay
the
lead
roles
in
this
Ratheendran
R
Prasad
directorial,
which depicts
how
the
life
of
a
young
woman
takes
a
fateful
turn
after
a
stranger
enters.

Inmai,
which
has
the
elements
of
horror
and
fantasy,
makes
an
impression
with
the
performances
of
its
star
cast,
especially
Siddharth,
Parvathy,
and
Ammu
Abhirami.
Even
though

Inmai
emerges
as
a
pretty
effective
slow-burn
thriller,
the
character
developments,
and
certain
situations
lack
conviction.
However,
the
movie
somewhat
creates
the
desired
appeal
with
its
effective
climax.
The
excellent
background
score
by
Vishal
Bharadwaj
and
amazing
visuals
have
totally
elevated
the
‘fear’
factor
in
the
plot.
Thunintha
Pin
by
Sarjun
KM
(Valour)
The
eight
segment
of

Navarasa,
which
is
directed
by
Sarjun
KM,
revolves
around
Vetri
(Atharvaa
Murali),
a
new
army
officer,
and
his
encounter
with
the
captain
of
Naxals
(Kishore).
We
are
also
introduced
to
Muthulakshmi
(Anjali)
who
awaits
her
missing
husband.

Thunintha
Pin,
with
its
powerful
dialogues
and
some
well-written
scenes,
stays
true
to
the
emotion
it
deals
with

Valour.
However,

Thunintha
Pin
lacks
grip
when
it
comes
to
character
development
(Muthulakshmi
definitely
had
more
potential)
and
struggles
to
keep
the
audience
engaged.
But
the
excellent
performances
by
the
star
cast
and
great
technical
aspects
make

Thunintha
Pin
a
decent
watch.
Guitar
Kambi
Mele
Nindru
by
Gautham
Menon
(Romance)
Suriya
and
Gautham
Menon
once
again
create
magic
on
screen
with
this
final
segment
of

Navarasa.

Guitar
Kambi
Mele
Nindru
deals
with
an
episode
in
the
life
of
Kamal
(Suriya),
a
musician,
and
Nethra
(Prayaga
Martin)
who
enters
his
life.
Writer-director
Gautham
Menon
once
again
impresses
with
the
wonderful
dialogues
(especially
in
the
long
bike
shot)
and
amazing
detailing
(references
of
classic
songs
for
instance).
Suriya
delivers
a
super
charming
performance
as
Kamal
(special
mention
to
his
brilliant
voice
modulation).
Prayaga
Martin
scores
with
the
dialogue
delivery
but
lacks
the
much-needed
subtlety
in
her
performance,
thus
almost
coming
across
as
a
miscast.
PC
Sriram’s
brilliant
cinematography
makes

Guitar
Kambi
Mele
Nindru
a
visually
enthralling
experience.
Music
composer
Karthik,
on
the
other
hand,
has
delivered
one
of
the
finest
Tamil
music
albums
in
a
long
time.
This
Suriya
starrer
is
a
treat
for
romance
lovers
but
might
disappoint
audiences
who
expect
a
cliche
storytelling
structure.
Verdict
Navarasa
is
the
celebration
of
the
9
prime
emotions,
cinema,
and
its
abundant
talents.
This
Mani
Ratnam
production
is
undoubtedly
a
wholesome
experience
for
every
film
buff
out
there.
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