Apurva Asrani who is now a ‘co-writer’ for Hansal Mehta’s movie Simran starring Kangana Ranaut left many in shock when he took to Facebook to air his grievances against the actress.
He had stated, “At no stage did I see this new narrative of theirs coming. It was only the day after I finished the first cut of the film that Hansal (Mehta) called me to meet. He informed me nervously that Kangana is turning director and therefore has demanded a co-writer credit.”
He added, “I naturally had a shit fit and feeling shocked and betrayed, I refused to give in. For two months, he and his co-producer Shailesh tried to arm twist me into giving her a co-writer credit. The details of which I will reserve for the future. I finally gave into an additional writing credit, but only because they claimed their film would be stuck if I didn’t do so. But I refused to give her a co-writer credit, and we signed a letter where they promised me the same. Today not only do I see her credit before mine on the poster (which I had decided not to fight), but I also saw Kangana on her ‘Facebook Live’ event yesterday claiming that she had written the film (with Hansal) from a one-line he gave her.”
Earlier Kangana had said in an interview, “When Hansal (Mehta, director) came to me with the script of Simran, I was intrigued. It was essentially a dark, gritty crime thriller. Together we sat down and tweaked the script to make it a slice- of- life comedy. It is gracious of them (Hansal and co.) to credit me as a writer for the film.”
Speaking about the controversy is the producer of Simran, Shailesh Singh who said, “I have worked with Apurva on two of his biggest films — Shahid and Aligarh. Apurva has a legal document in his possession signed by all parties — Kangana, Hansal, the producers and himself wherein he agrees to the credits given by us.”
He also spoke about the order of the credits for the writers and revealed that it was a printing error and will be rectified in the next poster. “I have conveyed this to Apurva. We could have chatted in person before he took the issue to social media,” he added.
“He seems to be doing this for publicity. If this is about him versus Kangana, I want to clarify that to please an actress; I’d have paid her more. Why be unfair to him? Once the film hits screens, we will release the script online for the world to judge,” Shailesh concluded.
Directed by Hansal Mehta, Simran is slated to release on September 15, 2017.