Directors Mani Ratnam (left in picture) and Jayendra Panchapakesan (on right) in October 2020 announced a unique project to send a strong message of solidarity and resilience by the creative community of Tamil cinema to the thousands of workers in the Tamil film industry, who have been badly hit by COVID-19 and its aftermath. Under the project, leading directors, actors and technicians came together and graciously offered their services pro bono to bring to life Navarasa, a nine-film anthology for Netflix. The initiative has been made to raise several crores of rupees to help the needy workers in the industry. The relief and support from the film will reach over 10,000 deserving beneficiaries across the Tamil film industry from February 2021 for upto six months. Monthly relief will be delivered to each needy worker and his family.