Anurag Kashyap and Partners Dissolve India’s Phantom Films Collective

Celebrated Indian filmmaker Anurag Kashyap (“Gangs of Wasseypur”) and his partners the directors and producers Vikramaditya Motwane (“Bhavesh Joshi Superhero”,) Vikas Bahl (“Queen”,) and producer Madhu Mantena (“Trapped”,) have dissolved their seven-year partnership at Phantom Films.

Phantom recently produced the series “Sacred Games” for Netflix, with Motwane as showrunner and also co-directing with Kashyap. Motwane was recently announced as showrunner for the show’s second season, with Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan as co-directors. It is not immediately clear how the Phantom dissolution will affect the fate of “Sacred Games”.

Kashyap is a familiar figure at Busan with several of his films showcased at the festival. He served on the New Currents jury in 2015.

Phantom was formed in 2011 as a collective of like-minded filmmakers. Phantom’s debut production was 2013’s “Lootera,” directed by Motwane. Bahl’s “Queen” was a breakout feminist hit in 2013 and Kashyap’s “Ugly” was a Cannes selection the same year. The company’s “Masaan” (2015) and “Raman Raghav 2.0” (2016) were Cannes selections and “The Brawler” (2017) played Toronto and Busan.

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