Pitta Kathalu directors discuss the theme that connects their stories, and no, it’s not just lead female characters


The camaraderie between Tharun Bhascker, Sankalp Reddy, Nandini Reddy and Nag Ashwin, the directors of Netflix anthology Pitta Kathalu, is unmissable. They have extra in widespread than their mutual propensity to have amusing or two at the expense of one another, but it surely looks as if the key to their bond is their shared sensibility for filmmaking.

“Netflix approached me first, and they wanted to make a film like Lust Stories, which they made in Hindi. Tharun and I were a little hesitant to think of stories on that line. And then Nandini came onboard and she changed our minds completely. She convinced us that this had to be a women-centric film, where women dynamics are changed. So we three started working on that idea,” recalled Sankalp Reddy, who has helmed a relationship drama, Pinky, in the anthology.

With the anthology format, Netflix is attempting to make its means into India’s vernacular market. Last yr, the streaming big made its debut in Tamil with the anthology movie, Paava Kadhaigal. For Pitta Kathalu, Netflix wanted yet one more director to finish the ensemble and that’s when Nag Ashwin got here onboard.

But earlier than Nag Ashwin may make his brief to finish Pitta Kathalu, the world got here to a standstill as a consequence of the outbreak of COVID-19 and the undertaking needed to be placed on maintain for about six months. “It was a long wait for short stories,” quipped Nandini, who has helmed Meera, a drama about home violence.

The tales of Pitta Kathalu have extra in widespread than just being about female characters. The single theme that connects all the segments is that the protagonists of those tales use their sexuality to perform their targets. Interestingly, the filmmakers by no means mentioned this to be their central theme, it was a mere coincidence.

“It was very coincidental,” famous Nag Ashwin, who has helmed XLife. “I think for the first time we sort of realized that there was a theme linking all four films when we were discussing titles (for their respective short films). That’s when we realized that we all have strong female characters and they decide the fate of the story by using their sexuality or by manipulation. We didn’t start with this plan and it was not intentional.”

“There are different shades in which they have used it (sexuality),” remarked Nandini. And Nandini is right. The tales present how seduction performs an important function in altering energy dynamics in society. “The idea was to put complex characters in simple stories,” added Sankalp.

Pitta Kathalu stars Shruti Haasan, Amala Paul, Eesha Rebba, Lakshmi Manchu, Ashima Narwal, Jagapathi Babu, Satya Dev, Saanve Megghana and Sanjith Hegde amongst others. It will begin streaming on Netflix from February 19 onwards.


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