The nationwide lockdown has certainly led to increased consumption of digital content. Thanks to production houses like Anushka Sharma and her brother Karnesh Sharma’s Clean Slate Filmz, we are being treated to some original and super entertaining content. After the massively successful Paatal Lok, the producer-duo are back with their latest offering, Bulbbul.
A supernatural thriller, Bulbbul has got rave reviews and is being appreciated for its edgy and bold storytelling. It’s a story rooted in Indian folklore which celebrates the spirit of a woman. This is interestingly not the first time that Clean Slate Filmz has produced a project like this. Anushka has also starred in Pari and Phillauri that fall under the genre of supernatural-feminist films.
The idea that Clean Slate Filmz would one day create a genre of our own was never an intentional move by us. We, however, always wanted to create a style of story-telling that celebrates women and their spirit. We always wanted to show strong, independent women to audiences through cinema and Bulbbul is our new offering in this regard. Portrayal of women in our cinema has always been skewed and lopsided. I felt that as an actress and I decided that I will correct this as much as I can through my productions.
We are really proud that Bulbbul is being loved by audiences because Karnesh and I really put our necks on the line to make projects that we hope will be clutter-breaking. The fact that people have called each and every attempt of ours as daring and adventurous is validation enough for us because Clean Slate Filmz has really tried to give something new to people with each attempt.
The actress-producer feels that it is because she and her brother are not scared to experiment and are non-conformists that they are able to create and explore with their story-telling. She says it is a huge milestone moment for them as both Paatal Lok and Bulbbul have “got great reviews and janta ka appreciation.”
Anushka’s production house has been home to a lot of new, bright writers, directors, musicians and actors who are looking to make a mark in Bollywood. Take the talented Anvita Dutt for example, who directed Bulbbul.
We will continue to make cinema that’s brave and back immensely talented film-makers like Anvita Dutt, Sudip Sharma, Prosit Roy, Avinash Arun, Anshai Lal whose bold cinematic voices need to be heard. It is them that has made both these projects immensely successful. We take pride in that.
Have you guys watched Bulbbul yet?