Apart from delivering hits and giving out some brilliant performances, Anushka Sharma ventured into production and needless to say, she aced it too. After ‘NH10’, her maiden production also showed her intent as a producer, who was willing to experiment and entertain her audiences with content that they have never seen before. The superstar and her brother Karnesh Ssharma, then produced ‘Phillauri’, a love story with a twist in which she played a friendly ghost named Shashi, followed up with a superb horror genre-defining film ‘Pari’.
Talking about ‘Phillauri’ completing three glorious years today, Anushka Sharma said, “Phillauri was a daring project for Clean Slate Films. We were giving India its friendly, lovable neighbourhood spirit that audiences had never seen before. From a concept level itself, it was unique. I was pleased to see the reactions for the film and it validated our attempt at making something extremely new and extremely original to the audiences.”
Elaborating further, she added, “The film was modern and youthful and yet had an underlying cultural and historical reference that connected with people. For a young production house like ours, Phillauri was an attempt in trying to disrupt the content landscape.”
As a producer, Anushka has also tried to contribute to the music industry through original compositions and ‘Phillauri’s album spoke volumes about her intent towards being original in creativity. The movie’s soulful album touched hearts of many. “Even the album of Phillauri was original. In an era of remixes, our album stood out with original compositions. I’m proud of the film and happy that we took the call to produce it,” she added.
Anushka feels she has a hugely enriching experience shooting for the film and learnt several new things while playing the role of a friendly ghost. “For me, personally, I also learnt something new as an actor. I was on the harness in mid-air when I was in the spirit avatar and delivered my scenes. It was challenging as well as exhilarating. I learnt so much about shooting and acting in a film that was forward-thinking with technology. I loved every bit of being Shashi,” she concluded. Meanwhile, on the work front, Anushka was last seen in Aanand L Rai’s ‘Zero’ co-starring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. She is yet to announce her next.