There is nothing better than having our favourite directors and storytelling come together through anthology movies and series. As we anxiously await the two Tamil anthology projects Paava Kadhaigal and Navarasa by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan, let’s take a look at the best Indian anthology projects to watch:
Lust Stories, Netflix (2018):
With beautiful stories from Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, and Zoya Akhtar, Lust Stories tells 4 different stories of attraction, relationships, and love. The humanity of emotions often leaves us all confused, and our lives complicated. Exploring these delicate threads of relationships, Lust Stories tells captivating tales through an ensemble cast comprising of Kiara Advani, Radhika Apte, Bhumi Pednekar, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Neil Bhoopalam, Neha Dhupia, Sanjay Kapoor, Jaideep Ahlawat, and Akash Thosar.
Stories by Rabindranath Tagore, Netflix (2015):
Bringing the noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s short stories to life is the direction of Anurag Basu. From Chokher Bali to Dalia, Rabindranath Tagore told intricate and progressive stories of rebellion, sorrow, and death in a conservative India. With a talented cast of Radhika Apte, Sumeet Vyas, Amrita Puri, and many others, Stories of Rabindranath Tagore brings you 20 stories that tug at your heartstrings.
Ghost Stories, Netflix (2020):
In a sequel anthology to Bombay Talkies and Lust Stories, Ghost Stories by Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, and Zoya Akhtar tells 4 thought-provoking yet horrific stories with a cast of Mrunal Thakur, Avinash Tiwary, Janhvi Kapoor, Raghuvir Yadav, Sobhita Dhulipala, Vijay Varma and Pavail Gulati.
Kaun Hai? Voot (2018):
Produced by Contiloe Pictures, the company that gave us horror gems like Shhh… Phir Koi Hai and Fear Files, Kaun Hai? is a horror anthology series telling a few real-life paranormal incidents along with fictional stories of science and fantasy. Each 40-minute horror story will send a chill down your spine.
Katha Sangama, Amazon Prime Video (2019):
An ode to Puttana Kanagal, one of the greatest filmmakers of India, Katha Sangama is a Kannada anthology movie telling 7 stories of family drama through the direction of Kiranraj K, Chandrajith Belliappa, Shashi Kumar P, Rahul PK, Jamadagni Manoj, Karan Ananth, Jayashankar A. The movie, featuring Hariprriya, Rishab Shetty, Kishore, Raj B. Shetty, Yagna Shetty, Prakash Belawadi, Avinash, Balaji Manohar, Pramod Shetty, Hari Samasthi, and others tells 7 stories revolving around a father’s dream to build a fantasy land.
Putham Pudhu Kaalai, Amazon Prime Video (2020):
When the nationwide lockdown was imposed in India, its duration changed many lives and relationships. This Tamil anthology movie tells 5 different stories of hope, love, and new beginnings. Shot entirely during the Covid-19 Pandemic, the movie’s cast of Jayaram, Urvashi, Kalidas Jayaram, Kalyani Priyadarshan, M. S. Bhaskar, Ritu Varma, Shruti Haasan, Suhasini Maniratnam, Anu Hasan, Kathadi Ramamurthy, Komalam Charuhasan, Andrea Jeremiah, Gurucharan C, Leela Samson, Bobby Simha, Sharath Ravi, and K. Muthukumar through the direction of Sudha Kongara, Gautham Menon, Suhasini Maniratnam, Rajiv Menon, and Karthik Subbaraj tell pensive stories that will leave you grateful for your loved ones and hopeful for a better tomorrow.
(Contributed by Sakshi Prabhu)