The split among the five partners in the production- house Phantom has been long in the offing. The process of disintegration began three years ago when one of the partners in the Phantom team Vikas Behl was accused of sexual misconduct. Anurag Kashyap a co-partner at Phantom, decided to cut all ties with Behl.
Says a source close to the development, “Kashyap and Mantena were at loggerheads ever since Mantena sided with Bahl when the latter was accused of the sexual misdemeanor. The tension has been building between Kashyap and Mantena since then. Matters have reached a flashpoint now. Mantena has stopped attending the Phantom office, not because he is ‘shattered’ with the recent split with his wife, as reported, but because he doesn’t want to confront Kashyap.”
With the partners at war, it is only a matter of time before the Phantom partnership falls apart.
Sources say the split will happen sooner rather than later.