Anushka Sharma explains what made her turn to production at 25

Having realised that limited stories are written for women, the actress, took it upon herself to tell strong female-led stories

By Our Correspondent

She is a popular actress, one who has dug her teeth both into mainstream and art house cinema. What’s admirable about Anushka Sharma the most is the stories that she has told as a producer. While critics have their say, and her films may not be commercial successes, but Anushka Sharma has often been lauded for backing the stories that she believed in. Sharma’s Clean Slate Filmz recently produced the crime thriller web series Paatal Lok [2020], which has won wide critical acclaim.

At 25, most actresses are looking to find their feet in Bollywood, but Sharma was courageous to turn producer. Sharma and her brother Karnesh formed Clean Slate Filmz, with the crime thriller NH10 [2015] being their first production. This was followed by the horror comedy Phillauri [2017], and the horror tale Pari [2018], Now, 32, Sharma has spoken about what led her to becoming a producer at an early age.

The actress says her decision to turn producer at the young age of 25 came from a position of power and stardom that she could leverage to produce innovative and disruptive content for women in Bollywood. Anushka realised that given clutter-breaking roles were hardly being written for women in the industry, she took it upon herself to change the game.

“My decision to turn producer was because I wanted to leverage the position which I had, to produce good films. I did not start producing films to make movies for me to star in. I just wanted to tell good stories. I would be sitting and talking to writers, discussing things with them and I would wonder why a certain type of films where not being written,” Sharma said in a statement.

Anushka adds, “I realised that it was not very common for great roles to be constantly written for women in our industry. So, I wanted to take this step and create roles for actors who would fit right for the project. The vision was always to say stories which we believed were unconventional and unique.”

Sharma’s next is Bulbbul a horror film that is set to be released on Netflix on 24 June.

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