Actor Anushka Sharma has hit out at reports claiming that cricketer Virat Kohli has produced “Philauri”, the second movie from her home production.

In an open letter that she posted on social media, the “Band Baaja Baaraat” actor said that such reports only disrespect her and her hard work.

Stating that Phillauri is produced by Fox Star Hindi and Clean Slate Films, Anushka wrote, “So those TV channels/newspapers/websites claiming anything else, please check facts, practice responsible journalism and have some shame. By making such bogus claims and validating this rubbish by your so called ‘source’, not only are you disrespecting me and the hard work I have put in over the years to be where I am, but also, all the people who have worked on this film.”

She said that while freedom of press comes with accountability, “your fake sources are never accounted for.” slamming such reports, Anushka wrote, “For someone who makes a living out of maligning people, it must definitely be hard to believe that a person can stand on their own feet and do something meaningful with their life.”

“And next time the same people come wanting to talk about ‘women empowerment’ and ‘women in films today’, do remember this is what you do to ‘women in films’ who are trying to change the narrative and take charge of their own careers,” she added.

“This must be just another story for you but it’s someone’s life you are toying with. I am more than capable of producing and promoting my own films. Thank you,” she concluded.

Sharma runs Clean Slate Films with her brother Karnesh Sharma and their first production was the critically acclaimed “NH10”.

“Phillauri”, which also features Anushka with Suraj Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh, is directed by Anshai Lal. Anushka plays a ghost in the film.