Phillauri’ stars Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh and Surah Sharma
The actress, who has worked with some of the biggest directors of Bollywood be it Yash Chopra, Aditya Chopra, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar or now Imtiaz, is excited about Phillauri, the second film from her home production, Clean Slate Films.
The movie, being directed by Anshai Lal, stars Anushka, Punjabi star Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma of Life of Pi fame and Mehreen Pirzada.
Anushka says it is hard to talk about Phillauri without any imagery. The actress, however, says she will be “seen” in a “different” way. “I can’t divulge much about the film as it hard to talk about it without any kind of imagery but it is a fun film, romantic and with great music. I will be seen in a different way in the film. It is a Punjabi girl but it is a completely different from my earlier films. I am trying to pick diverse roles and I was recently joking to my friend that I am trying to cover the western belt. I have played Haryanvi girl, Punjab is already done and now in Imtiaz’s film, I am playing a Gujarati girl. I am happy that the directors are offering me such roles which help me show my diversity as a performer.”
The actress says turning producer made her realise how much of a collaborative effort movie-making is. “A lot goes into movie-making and it has been a lot of hard work, especially for my brother (Karnesh) but creating something from scratch gives you such a high. I love films so, I get very excited about them… In three years, we have already done two films and now working on another film called Caneda. I can’t talk about it much at this point but I am very happy,” she says.
Anushka calls her production house a “start up” but hopes they will have an impact on Hindi cinema content in the coming years. She says there were many who advised her against doing NH10 but she not only decided to star in it but also produce it and there has been no looking back for her.
“What happens in the industry is that people, obviously, look for a previous reference. NH10 had zero reference. No mainstream actor had done a film so gritty and gory, especially a female actor. It had a novelty. Today if someone wants to make a film like that, they will have a reference.”