MeraNews Network, Mumbai: Noted filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Mantena, and Vikas Bahl have dissolved Phantom Films, the production house they had set up seven years ago. Phantom had given some of Bollywood’s most memorable hits like Queen and Masan. Phantom had also tied up with Gujarati filmmaker Abhishek Jain’s Cineman Productions to produce the hit Gujarati film Wrong Side Raju featuring Pratik Gandhi.
Recently, Phantom was in the news for all the wrong reasons after Bahl was accused of molesting a woman who in the past worked with him. Stories of cracks emerging in one of Bollywood’s illustrious production houses were rife in tabloids who claimed that it all started when Kashyap a fallout with Bahl after the forgetful Bombay Velvet flopped in cinemas. Phantom Films were also the producers for internet-streaming platform Netflix India’s first ever original production Sacred Games starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, and Saif Ali Khan. Motawane and Kashyap had jointly directed the web-series.
The partners took to social media to announce the dissolution of Phantom Films, where Anurag Kashyap said that Phantom was a glorious dream that has come to an end as all dreams should. Motwane took to Twitter to declare that the partners have decided to go their separate ways, in what has been the craziest, greatest journey and the most wonderful partnership of his life.
Mantena said that Phantom has been the best thing that has happened to him in his producing career. He further thanked his partners Kashyap, Motwane, and Vikas for being great partners, mentors and for holding his hand patiently through his dark times. All the four founders of Phantom Films will continue to work as partners with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Entertainment, with whom Phantom had entered in a 50-50 partnership venture in 2015.