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Phantom Films
FoundersAnurag Kashyap
Vikramaditya Motwane
Vikas Bahl
Madhu Mantena
(last credited in 2021)
ServicesFilm production
Film distribution
OwnerAnurag Kashyap
ParentReliance Entertainment
WebsitePhantom Films

Phantom Films was an Indian film production and distribution company established by Anurag Kashyap, director Vikramaditya Motwane, producer Madhu Mantena and the former head of UTV Spotboy, Vikas Bahl. It was founded in 2011 by all four of them, and is cited as the "directors' company". In March 2015, Reliance Entertainment picked up 50% stake in the company.

The company’s first production was the period romance Lootera (2013), directed by Motwane and starring Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha. the film was co-produced by Balaji Motion Pictures. Next year, the company co-produced the romantic-comedies Hasee Toh Phasee and Queen, starring Kangana Ranaut. Both the films were critical and commercial successes, with the latter also winning the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. It was followed by the thrillers Ugly and NH10 (2015). The latter marked the production debut of Anushka Sharma. Hunterrr (2015), Bombay Velvet (2015) and Masaan (2015) were the company's next releases. 83 was their last production.


Phantom Films was founded in 2011 by Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl and Madhu Mantena, and is cited as the "directors' company".[1] The idea to start their own production house came in mind of because of "their failure in convincing every time to someone to believe in the kind of cinema they make".[2] In March 2015, Reliance Entertainment picked up 50% stake in the company.[3]


The company's first film was the period romance Lootera (2013), starring Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha. Based O. Henry's short story, The Last Leaf, the film was critically acclaimed.[4]

Phantom film's then went on to collaborate with Karan Johar's Dharma Productions to produce the romantic comedy Hasee Toh Phasee (2014). The film starring Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra was directed by the debutant Vinil Mathew.[5] It was followed by Vikas Bahl-directed comedy drama Queen, starring Kangana Ranaut. The film was a critical and commercial success, it also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.[6][7][8] Ugly (2014), a drama thriller was the next production venture of Phantom.[9]

In 2015, the company produced Anushka Sharma's production debut film NH10, and the coming of age comedy Hunterrr. Both films proved to be a success.[10][11] Bombay Velvet, a period film set in Bombay in the 1960s, based on Princeton University Historian Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables, was its next release. It stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar. The film was a major box-office failure.[12][13] Masaan, was phantom's fourth release of the year. The film won the FIPRESCI Award and the Promising Future award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[14] The string of box-office failures for Phantom Films continued with Shaandaar (2015), starring Alia Bhatt and Shahid Kapoor.[15][16]

In February 2016, Phantom Films announced that they will co-produce three Gujarati films with CineMan Productions, a Gujarat-based film production company co-founded by Abhishek Jain.[17] Phantom's first release of the year was Udta Punjab (2016), a crime drama from the director Abhishek Chaubey that documents the substance abuse endemic in the Indian state of Punjab. The film generated controversy when the Central Board of Film Certification demanded extensive censorship before its theatrical release, citing that the portrayal of Punjab in it was negative.[18] After the producers of the film filed lawsuit against the board, the Bombay High Court cleared the film for exhibition with a single scene cut.[19] It was followed by Raman Raghav 2.0, a thriller directed by Anurag Kashyap based on the notorious serial killer Raman Raghav, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the title character. The film premiered at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival and the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, in the Director's Fortnight section to positive response.[20][21] The company's final release of the year was the Gujarati film Wrong Side Raju. Their last film was 83 in 2021.


The company announced its dissolution on 5 October 2018,[22] largely in response to the sexual assault allegation on Bahl by a former Phantom employee, which was reported in 2015.[23] The other three founders, Kashyap, Motwane, and Mantena, all issued statements on Twitter confirming the company's disbanding and moving on to independent projects.[24]


Films produced[edit]

Year Film Director Cast Notes
2013 Lootera Vikramaditya Motwane Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha Co-produced with Balaji Motion Pictures
2014 Hasee Toh Phasee Vinil Mathew Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra Co-produced with Dharma Productions
Queen Vikas Bahl Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lisa Haydon Co-produced with Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Ugly Anurag Kashyap Rahul Bhat, Ronit Roy, Girish Kulkarni, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Vineet Kumar Singh, Surveen Chawla
2015 NH10 Navdeep Singh Anushka Sharma, Neil Bhoopalam Co-produced with Clean Slate Films
Hunterrr Harshavardhan Kulkarni Gulshan Devaiah, Radhika Apte Co-produced with Tailormade Films
Bombay Velvet Anurag Kashyap Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar
Masaan Neeraj Ghaywan Richa Chadda, Sanjay Mishra, Shweta Tripathi, Vicky Kaushal Co-produced with Drishyam Films, Macassar Productions, Sikhya Entertainment, Pathé and Arte France Cinéma
Shaandaar Vikas Bahl Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Pankaj Kapur Co-produced with Dharma Productions
2016 Udta Punjab Abhishek Chaubey Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Diljit Dosanjh Co-produced with Balaji Motion Pictures
Raman Raghav 2.0 Anurag Kashyap Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal, Sobhita Dhulipala
Wrong Side Raju Mikhil Musale Pratik Gandhi, Asif Basra, Kavi Shastri Gujarati film
Co-produced with CineMan Productions
2017 Trapped Vikramaditya Motwane Rajkummar Rao, Geetanjali Thapa
2018 Mukkabaaz Anurag Kashyap Vineet Kumar Singh, Ravi Kishan, Jimmy Shergill Co-produced with Reliance Entertainment and Colour Yellow Productions
High Jack Akarsh Khurana Sumeet Vyas, Mantra, Sonnalli Seygall
Youngraad Makrand Mane Vitthal Patil, Chaitanya Deore
Bhavesh Joshi Superhero Vikramaditya Motwane Harshvardhan Kapoor, Priyanshu Painyuli, Nishikant Kamat
Manmarziyaan Anurag Kashyap Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, Abhishek Bachchan Co-produced with Colour Yellow Productions
2019 Super 30 Vikas Bahl Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur Co-produced with Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment
2020 Ghoomketu Pushpendra Nath Misra Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ragini Khanna, Anurag Kashyap Co-produced with Sony Pictures Networks Productions

Films distributed[edit]

Year Film Language Director Cast
2014 Katiyabaaz Hindi Deepti Kakkar, Fahad Mustafa Loha Singh, Ritu Maheshwari
2016 Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive Hindi Abhishek Sharma Manish Paul, Sikander Kher, Pradhuman Singh Mall, Mia Uyeda, Piyush Mishra
2016 Nannaku Prematho Telugu Sukumar Jr. Ntr, Jagapathi Babu, Rakul Preet Singh


Year Series Director(s) Original
Cast Notes
2018 – 2019 Sacred Games Anurag Kashyap
Vikramaditya Motwane
Netflix Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte
2018 Ghoul Patrick Graham Radhika Apte, Manav Kaul Co-produced with Blumhouse Television and Ivanhoe Pictures



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