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Do not try to harm my film to seek attention: Mehta on

Do not try to harm my film to seek attention Mehta on 'Simran' credit row Do not try to harm my film to seek attention: Mehta on
Freda Brock | 19 May, 2017, 18:44

Finally with voices rising against Apurva Asrani, from Shailesh Singh to Sameer Gautam to Jaydeep Sarkar, the two remaining big players, Kangana Ranaut and Hansal Mehta, just had to speak. Kangana Ranaut has been given credit as a writer of the film and this has not gone down with the original writer of the film Apurva Asrani. "I also wish that my dear friend Hansal shows some spine and either refutes or endorses my story", Apurva wrote.

Simran producer Shailesh Singh said in a statement, "I have worked with Apurva on two of his biggest films - "Shahid" and "Aligarh".

Hansal Mehta breaks his silence on the row surrounding Simran writing credits, with Kangana Ranaut getting his support.

Now, in a blasting interview with Huffingpost India, Kangna Ranaut has hit back at Apurva Asrani. "Apurva has a legal document in his possession signed by all parties - Kangana, Hansal Mehta (director), the producers and himself wherein he agrees to the credits given by us". She wanted co-director credit for Rangoon, but unlike Hansal Mehta, director Vishal Bhardwaj was not enamoured by the actress to give in to her demands. "What she did was hijack 10 years of my hard work", Ketan Mehta told The Quint. But the project never flew and someone else made it. This time, she found herself in the midst of one controversy and before that could get sorted, another controversy erupted. "Seeing him accuse Hansal Mehta touches a raw nerve, and compels me to talk about something similar Apurva did with a much smaller project, a short film that I directed", he says, adding this isn't the first time that Apurva has cried foul over credit. Stating that it was Mehta who wanted to develop it with her in the lead, to which Kangna Ranaut agreed.

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As a narrative began to emerge around Apurva, Kangana and Hansal which hinted at a colossal misunderstanding, director Ketan Mehta entered the picture. It was essentially a dark, gritty crime thriller. I made it very clear that if we're making a film with a budget of Rs 30 crores, we need to make at least 60 cr to even break-even.

In the film's first poster, Kangana was credited as "additional story and dialogue writer" with her name appearing before Apurva's as "story, screenplay and dialogue writer" but Shailesh called it a "printing error" that would be rectified. "And when I enquired about his previous writing work, I realised he hadn't done them", she added.

Kangna claims that she was the one to add the divorcee angle, Gujarati angle, love story and a housekeeper angle to the story which was never mentioned in Asrani's draft. She even asked Hansal Mehta to hire a team of writers as Asrani couldn't deliver what they wanted to show on screen. It is really commendable that Apurva Asrani is taking a stand and calling out her bluff. While she does admit that there were sessions, Kangna reiterates that those were mostly to expressing her disappointment with the writing.

In his FB post, Apurva Asrani alleged that Kangana Ranaut hijacked Simran from him. On the other hand, Apurva has claimed that he wasn't informed at all about the rewrites that went down while Hansal and Kangna were filming the US. She also informed that during the filming of Simran she had gotten in a auto accident. But well, the producer of the film Shailesh Singh has different thoughts over this matter. She was offered Sultan but producer Aditya Chopra wasn't too keen about Kangna's involvement and hence they had to let her go of the film. He claims Apurva had reacted badly to press coverage of his 2015 short film since the reports mentioned names of just the actors. He states that Apurva is doing all this for publicity.

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