‘Simran’ writer Apurva Asrani debunks Kangana’s co-writer credit


National Award-winning film editor and screen-writer Apurva Asrani is upset with Kangana Ranaut for claiming that she has developed the story of upcoming film ‘Simran’ from his one-line screenplay and snatching the credit as 'additional story and dialogue writer'.

The controversy started after the first poster of ‘Simran’ was unveiled. The poster credited Kangana as the 'additional story and dialogue writer' and her name appeared before Apurva's name in the poster.

An irked and disheartened Apurva called out at Kangana’s “lie” is a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday. Apurva said it was “demeaning for any writer’s name to be pushed after an additional writing credit,” but added that he was not offended by the credits, rather feels “betrayed” by the actress.

He further wrote, “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 the story was dark and 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. Those that know me will know that I have always strived for the truth and that is more important to me than a hit film,” he added.

Apurva said after writing the script for ‘Aligarh’ he was emotionally drained, and when director Hansal Mehta sent him a news article of a woman in the US who crossed the line of the law, he decided to develop it into a fun film.

“I loved it and thought it would make a great film…I saw ‘Simran’ as an opportunity to have some fun…I signed a contract with Hansal's company Karma Features, developed the idea into an original story and wrote an one- line screenplay. Hansal loved it, and took me to meet Kangana. She heard the narration and jumped at it. She told us she would do it!"

Apurva said he went through nine drafts to develop the story of the film and during the process there was "no communication that Kangana didn't like the tone or direction of the script." He also claimed he was not even informed about Kangana getting the 'additional story and dialogue writer' credit initially.

He said, "...It was after we finished the first cut of the film that Hansal called me to meet. He informed me nervously that Kangana is turning director and therefore has demanded a co-writer credit.”

The writer claimed that he was “arm twisted” into giving Kangana a co-writer credit and he “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.”

“She (Kangana) had already discredited my one line in her Mid-Day Interview in April, saying it was a dark & gritty thriller till she wrote a new film,” Apurva said adding that he fails to understand why Kangana would snatch the “hard earned work of a writer.”

At the end Apurva wished that his “dear friend Hansal shows some spine and either refutes or endorses my story.”

‘Simran’ is slated to release on September 15.

Here is the full Facebook post: