Hyderabad: Netflix has released the trailer of its first Telugu original film, Pitta Kathalu. The four-part anthology film 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.
The anthology is directed by four of the stalwarts of Telugu cinema: Tharun Bhascker, BV Nandini Reddy, Nag Ashwin and Sankalp Reddy.
Pitta Kathalu, which means short stories in Telugu, Pitta Kathalu also stars Ashima Narwal, Jagapathi Babu, Satya Dev, Saanve Megghana, Sanjith Hegde among many other well-known names.
The four films – Ramula (Tharun Bhascker), Meera (B.V. Nandini Reddy), X Life (Nag Ashwin) and Pinky (Sankalp Reddy) – take the audience on a journey through love, desire, deceit and power, viewed through the lens of women fighting for what’s theirs.
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.
Saanve Megghana, on playing the title role of Ramula, says: “The central theme of Pitta Kathalu is the power dynamics between men and women. Ramula is the story of a free spirited girl, quite ordinary, and her extraordinary journey with her lover. Shooting this film was an incredible experience and I am sure it will take the audiences on a journey they will enjoy. It is an honor to make my debut with a platform like Netflix that has always been consistent in delivering quality content. I always wished to work with a filmmaker like Tharun Bhascker and am glad he saw Ramula in me. I didn’t bat an eyelid when the story was first narrated to me, I was so amazed by the narration and detailing. Essaying Ramula was indeed a beautiful experience!”
Amala Paul, portraying the title role of Meera, says: “Each story of Pitta Kathalu explores the good and bad relationships between men and women, especially the expression of patriarchy and the ensuing power struggle to break its shackles. The storytelling is raw and authentic, and would touch a chord with the audience. Meera is the story of a courageous woman and her ordeals. It touches upon several sensitive themes that make the story both impactful and relatable. It is even more gripping due to the short film format. I loved everything about this experience of working on Pitta Kathalu with Netflix. When I first read the story, I thought it was so engaging – the perfect script for me. I felt a strong affinity towards the character of Meera as she is completely different from anything I have portrayed before and is also very challenging to essay. There is so much enigma to the character of this woman Meera standing up against society but at the same time, trying to hide her true self from the world.”
On playing Divya in X-Life, Shruti Haasan says: ““I am glad to be a part of Netflix’s first anthology film – Pitta Kathalu. X-Life is a story that is ahead of its time yet relatable for the audience. And shooting it was such a fun experience. My pairing with Sanjith Hegde is very interesting as he brought a whole new energy and talent to the project. I love director Nag Ashwin’s vision and the story he has woven which is very relevant today. To have a poignant part in that narrative was indeed exciting and interesting to essay. Playing a character of a woman who is strong and speaks up against the preconceived notions of society was an incredible experience. While the story is set in a futuristic world, it is seen in some form or the other in today’s world as well and I hope audiences can understand the seriousness of it.”
Eesha Rebba, on playing Pinky in Pinky, says: “My first thought was – It’s Sankalp Reddy and Netflix! Furthermore, I was really excited to get a chance to do this particular role and be a part of such an impactful film like Pitta Kathalu driven completely by the power dynamics between characters – an incredibly involving film that audiences would definitely enjoy. My character Pinky is very bold, follows her heart and isn’t afraid to make her own decisions. The dynamics between her and those around her are very intriguing to watch. I hope audiences can connect with her story as much as I did. This film was particularly challenging as I had to delve into the nitty gritties of the plot and bring to life a deep story with all these incredibly raw emotions and turmoil.”
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
RSVP has successfully produced Love Per Square Foot, Lust Stories, Karwaan, Pihu, Kedarnath, URI – The Surgical Strike, Sonchiriya, Raat Akeli Hai, The Sky Is Pink and Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. The upcoming films under the banner are Rashmi Rocket, Tejas, Pippa and Sam Maneckshaw.
Flying Unicorn Entertainment is an independent production house founded by Ashi Dua Sara. She pioneered the anthology film genre in India first with Bombay Talkies and then Lust Stories, working with four of the biggest directors in Bollywood: Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap, and Karan Johar. She also produced Kaalakaandi, a Saif Ali Khan starrer caper black-comedy.