The writer of ‘Simran’ Apurva Asrani, is very disappointed in Kangana Ranaut, the lead actor of the film for getting an ‘additional story and dialogue’ credit on the poster, and with this appearing before his own credit. He took his agitation to Facebook for people to know about the issue. And he got support from several people in the film fraternity, including filmmaker Goldie Behl.
Apurva expressed, “I have made my stand clear with the (Facebook) post, and more than being irked about my credit given after Kangana’s, this episode is damaging my reputation as a writer.” When Kangana and her spokesperson were contacted to comment on the same, they did not respond.
This issue arose when Apurva wrote out a big Facebook post expressing his disappointment. He did acknowledge that Kangana had “improvised” few of his dialogues and they sure were excellent. But before that, he wrote: “Ms Ranaut has been claiming in several interviews that Hansal Mehta, the director of Simran, approached her with just a one line screenplay of the film. She says that the story was [a] dark & gritty thriller at that stage and that she herself developed it into a light, fun film. This completely discredits me and my efforts, and I have to call out this lie at the cost of so many of her fans turning against me.”
I have always supported Kangana in her fight against the system. Being a self-made person myself, and having experienced…
He further wrote, “at no point (during 9 drafts and 1 & a half years!!) was there any talk or communication that Kangana didn’t like the tone or direction of the script. In fact, she used to jump with glee when I finished my narrations.” It was just one day after that Hansal Mehta called Apurva to say that Kangana demanded a co-writer credit, just when he had finished with his first cut of the film
In support of Apurva, Goldie Behl tweeted, “Nice feel @Apurvasrani hv heard of additional dialogues but can’t understand ‘additional story’. A story is a story how can u hv additional.” To which Apurva replied, “Thanks @GOLDIEBEHL ? I think @mehtahansal is the best person to answer that question.”
Hansal Mehta, on the other hand, was unavailable to comment on any of this, but his spokesperson said, “When something similar happened during the release of Queen (also starring Kangana), there wasn’t any hue and cry about it. Then why is there so much of an uproar over this?”