Actor-producer Anushka Sharma has decided to step down from Clean Slate Filmz, the production company she co-founded with her brother Karnesh Ssharma in 2013. She shared a statement on his social media is busy making the announcement, saying she will now devote her time to her “first love” – acting.
Clean Slate Filmz has funded web series and film projects like Paatal LokNH10, Phillauri, Paris and Bulbul. These projects were well received and were said to have mass appeal as well as substance. Anushka said in the statement that she and her brother were new to production, but wanted to chart their own paths through “clutter-free content.”
She added that she was “deeply proud” of their journey and said her goal with the company was to change the “narrative of what business projects should look like”.
The full statement read. “When I started Clean Slate Filmz with my brother Karnesh Ssharma, we were new to production, but we had a fire in our stomachs and wanted to try and set the entertainment agenda in India through messy content. Today, when I look back on our journey thus far, I am deeply proud of what we have created and the disruption we have managed to achieve. While CSF started with my vision to change the narrative of what business ventures should be, I have to thank Karnesh who excelled in shaping what CSF has become today. Being a new mother who chose to be an actress by profession, I have to balance my life in an entirely new way like never before. So, I decided that whatever time I have, I will devote it to my first love, the theater! Therefore, I have decided to retire from the CSF, convinced that the most capable person, Karnesh, is pursuing the vision with which it was created in the first place. I will continue to be Karnesh and CSF’s greatest cheerleader and hope to be a part of many messy projects that CSF produces. I can’t wait to see how he grows the business stronger and stronger with the stellar lineup of projects he has handpicked, nurtured and brought to life. My best wishes to the entire CSF family. I love you all! Anushka.
Clean Slate Filmz’s upcoming projects include a drama series titled Mai, Jhulan Goswami’s biopic Chakda Express (starring Anushka herself), and a film titled Qala, which will mark the debut of the late Irrfan Khan’s son, Babil Khan.
Anushka’s decision follows another major move at Clean Slate Filmz. Recently, the company had announced a female-centric OTT platform. “When women’s voices are heard, it teaches us new perspectives that, as audiences and filmmakers, are equally captivating and interesting. It’s stereotypical when I hear people say that women’s stories are all about oppression or fall into the genre of romantic comedy. Female debut content is actually extremely exciting and eclectic,” Ssharma said in a statement earlier this month.