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Netflix announces maiden Tamil anthology film Paava Kadhaigal 

Directed by Gautham Menon, Sudha Kongara, Vetrimaaran and Vignesh Shivn, it film explores how love, pride and honour influence complex relationships.

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Netflix on Thursday announced its first Tamil anthology film, Paava Kadhaigal.

Directed by Gautham Menon, Sudha Kongara, Vetrimaaran and Vignesh Shivn, Paava Kadhaigal explores how love, pride and honour influence complex relationships through four intricate stories.

Produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Movies and Ashi Dua Sara’s Flying Unicorn Entertainment, the anthology stars Anjali, Bhavani Sre, Gautham, Hari, Kalidas Jayaram, Kalki Koechlin, Padam Kumar, Prakash Raj, Sai Pallavi, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj and Simran.

Paava Kadhaigal is tipped to be the Tamil adaptation of Netflix’s Lust Stories; however, each story will deal with a different subject unlike the original. The announcement comes a day after Amazon Prime announced its maiden Tamil anthology film with five popular Tamil filmmakers. Interestingly, both Gautham and Sudha are also part of Amazon’s film.

Gautham said in a statement, “Paava Kadhaigal is my first collaboration with Sudha, Vetri and Vignesh to explore a complex, difficult theme in an authentic and honest manner alongside incredibly talented directors is a tremendous opportunity. The anthology reflects how pride, honour and social standing continue to influence individual choices all around us.”

Sudha said that each story in this anthology explores unconventional, unfettered, and unconditional love. "It’s great that these incredible stories will reach viewers in India and around the world with Netflix,” she said.

Talking about his collaboration, Vetrimaaran said, “I enjoyed making this anthology with Netflix as I was able to focus on telling the story I wanted to. The freedom of filmmaking I experienced with Paava Kadhaigal was fulfilling.”

Vignesh said he has been a huge fan of Netflix and its storytelling. "As a filmmaker, being able to tell your story to a diverse audience, alongside three respected directors who believe in your story as much as you do, is an incredible opportunity. This film explores the dark, often agonizing side of human relationships, tabling thoughts many have but are afraid to vocalize,” he said.

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