Anurag Kashyap dissolves Phantom Films after seven year run
Founded in 2011 by Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl and Madhu Mantena, Phantom Films was envisioned as a 'director's company'
Filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl and producer Madhu Mantena on Saturday morning announced the dissolution of their seven-year-old production company Phantom Films.
Founded in 2011, Phantom Films was envisioned as a "director's company". In 2013, their first production Lootera, starring Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha and directed by Motwane, was released to critical acclaim. 2014 saw the release of Hasee Toh Phasee directed by Vinyl Mathew, followed by Queen directed by Bahl and Ugly directed by Kashyap.
Other films produced under the banner over the years include NH10, Hunter, Shandaar, Bombay Velvet, Masaan, Udta Punjab, Trapped and Mukkabaaz.
Their last two releases were Bhavesh Joshi Superhero and Manmarziyaan in 2018. Their upcoming film Super 30, directed by Bahl and starring Hrithik Roshan, is scheduled for release on January 25, 2019.
Phantom was a dream, a glorious one and all dreams come to an end . We did our best and we succeeded and we failed. But i know for sure we will come out of this stronger, wiser and will continue to pursue our dreams our own individual ways. We wish each other the best.
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) October 5, 2018
Madhu Mantena said in a statement, "Want to announce that Anurag, Vikram, Vikas and I have decided to dissolved our partnership in Phantom and go our separate ways. We had a glorious run for last seven years and I guess even sometimes marriages end. I personally believe that Phantom is the best thing that has happened to me in my producing career. I want to thank Anurag, Vikram and Vikas for being great partners, mentors and for holding my hand patiently through my dark times. Hope to continue to be friends and may be even collaborate on individual films in the future. We wish each other the best. All of us with continue to work with our partners Reliance Entertainment exclusively."
Vikramaditya Motwane stated, "Vikas, Madhu, Anurag and I have decided to dissolve our partnership in Phantom and go our separate ways. It's been the craziest, greatest journey and the most wonderful partnership of my life. My three partners have been my family through thick and thin and I can't thank them enough for their love and support for the past seven years. I wish them nothing but the best on their individual journeys from here on and hope our paths will cross again in better times."