The story between Tharan Bhaskar, Sankalp Reddy, Nandini Reddy and Nag Ashwin is directed by Netflix anthology Pitta Kathalu. They have more in common than their mutual tendency to laugh or two at the expense of each other, but it seems as if the key to their bond is their shared sensitivity to filmmaking.
“Netflix first approached me, and they wanted to make films like Lust Stories, which they made in Hindi. Tharun and I were a little hesitant to think about the stories on that line. And then Nandini came onboard and it changed our mind completely. She reassured us that this should be a female-centric film, where female dynamics change. So the three of us started working on the idea, “recalled Sankalp Reddy, who has done a relationship drama called Pinky in the anthology.
With the anthology format, Netflix is trying to carve out a niche in India’s local market. Last year, the streaming giant made its debut in Tamil with the anthology film, Paava Kadigal. For Pitta Kathalu, Netflix needed another director to complete the ensemble and this was what happened to Nag Ashwin.
But before Nag Ashwin could reduce the gall bladder to complete, the world came to a standstill due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the project had to be stopped for about six months. “It was a long wait for short stories,” quipped Nandini, who told Meera about domestic violence.
Pita is more about female characters in Kathalu’s stories in general. The single theme that connects all the segments is that the protagonists of these stories use their sexuality to accomplish their goals. Interestingly, the filmmakers never discussed their central theme, it was a mere coincidence.
“It was a coincidence,” noted Nag Ashwin, who has subdued ExLife. “I think the first time we realized that there was a theme connecting all four films was when we were discussing titles (for their respective short films). That’s when we realized that we all had female characters and They decide the fate of the story by using or manipulating their sexuality. We did not start with this plan and it was not intentional. “
Nandini said, “There are different shades in which they have used it (sexuality).” And Nandini is right. The stories reveal how the temptation plays an important role in changing the dynamics of power in society. “The idea was to put complicated characters in simple stories,” Sankalp said.
Pitta Kathalu has stars like Shruti Haasan, Amala Paul, Esha Rebba, Lakshmi Manchu, Ashima Narwal, Jagapathi Babu, Satya Dev, Saunva Meghna and Sanjeet Bhag. It will start streaming on Netflix from February 19.