Mumbai: Netflix has announced its first Telugu original film Pitta Kathalu. The four-part anthology film is directed by four of the stalwarts of Telugu cinema, such as Tharun Bhascker, BV Nandini Reddy, Nag Ashwin and Sankalp Reddy.
Pitta Kathalu, which means short stories in Telugu, tells the stories of four distinctly bold women. Bringing these characters to life are Eesha Rebba, Lakshmi Manchu, Amala Paul and Shruti Haasan in lead roles. Pitta Kathalu also stars Ashima Narwal, Jagapathi Babu, Satya Dev, Saanve Megghana, Sanjith Hegde among many other well-known names.
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Movies and Ashi Dua Sara’s Flying Unicorn Entertainment, Pitta Kathalu will premiere exclusively on 19th February on Netflix across 190 countries.
National film award-winning director Tharun Bhascker said: “Pitta Kathalu is a labour of love with every story in the anthology showcasing a beautiful landscape of the country and presenting women-led stories that will touch a chord with the audience. Working with other extremely talented directors and incredible actors was an opportunity to cherish. It is time for regional Indian content to shine on the global stage.”
Director BV Nandini Reddy said: “Collaborating with Netflix and the accomplished cast of Pitta Kathalu has been a very rewarding experience. Working with gifted directors who seek to travel on newer paths of storytelling has helped us bring forth authentic human stories and a differentiated take on relationships. We hope these stories will have a universal impact with the massive reach that Netflix provides.”
Filmfare award-winning director Nag Ashwin said: “With this the first Telugu original by Netflix, I really wanted to push the boundaries of what people expect from the medium. I hope Pitta Kathalu, the four different stories of this anthology, the four unique worlds the directors have created will connect with people, not just in the Telugu speaking states but across the world.”
National film award-winning director Sankalp Reddy said: “I am very excited to announce my first Netflix film, Pitta Kathalu. The film brings four stories to life and explores some unique themes that we hope will interest viewers. It is incredible that these stories will travel to millions of viewers globally with Netflix.”
Srishti Behl Arya, Director, International Original Film, Netflix India, said: “Great stories can come from anywhere. As we expand our film slate and tell more stories that are rooted in all corners of the country, we are thrilled to bring the magic of Telugu storytelling to Netflix, with Pitta Kathalu. This anthology was a wonderful opportunity to work with imaginative storytellers and incredible talent who have pushed the creative boundaries. We can’t wait for our members in India and around the world to discover these intricate, well-told stories.”
Netflix will release Pitta Kathalu on February 19, 2021
Director and writer: Tharun Bhascker
Cast: Machu Lakshmi, Saanve Megghana, Naveen Kumar
Director : B.V. Nandini Reddy
Writer: Radhika Anand
Cast: Jagapathi Babu, Amala Paul, Aswin Kakamanu
Director and writer: Nag Ashwin
Cast: Shruti Haasan, Sanjith Hegde, Sangeet Shobhan, Anish Kuruvilla, UKO, Dayanand Reddy, Thanmayi
Director : Sankalp Reddy
Writer: Emani Nanda Kishore
Cast: Satya Dev, Eesha Rebba, Srinivas Avasarala, Ashima Narwal