This year has definitely been Anushka Sharma’s year. The actress entered the boy’s club of producers and made some serious courageous choices. This year, she served as an executive producer on Amazon Prime Video’s uber-successful crime thriller series, Paatal Lok which has been ranked the best Hindi-language series of 2020 by both HuffPost India and The Indian Express. Starring Jaideep Ahlawat, Gul Panag, Ishwak Singh, Abhishek Banerjee and Swastika Mukherjee in the lead roles, the series took viewers through a host of issues – from workplace harassment, corruption in the highest echelons of the government, casteist oppression, child abuse, women’s safety and discrimination against transgender people in India.
This move by Anushka Sharma hasn’t gone unnoticed or unappreciated with the heavy hitters in Bollywood. Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan who has been at the top of her game in the industry for 20 years now has said that she is extremely happy to see the rise in the number of women on film sets.
“I think women now form half the crew on any film set. I feel happy to know that they are doing all the jobs and are doing them so well. They are excelling in every department, including being producers and directors. Look at Anushka Sharma; she has come up with a great production slate. I feel so proud to know that we have such a strong film producer in an actor. It feels amazing that all this is happening,” Khan said, according to Times of India.
“2020 has been a year of disruption in the content landscape. Only, the clutter-breaking ones have managed to stand out because our tastes are only evolving and we all want to see new and different content,” Anushka Sharma told ANI after Paatal Lok won big at the Filmfare OTT Awards.
“Our brand of cinema is extremely risk-taking and we are committed towards originality,” reads an official release.
“We have spent the entire year finding some real gems that will definitely stand out. We have always collaborated with forward-thinking creative visionaries and we are eager to present some really new minds next year too,” the actress further added.