- "My efforts are discredited, I have to call out this lie," he writes
- Kangana has been given 'additional story, screenplay' credits
- Simran is directed by Hansal Mehta
Read Apurva Asrani's Facebook post here:
The controversy over the writing credits of Simran has been on a slow burner ever since Hansal Mehta tweeted this:
@GanesanMukul Kangana has collaborated on story and dialogues as clarified earlier.— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) May 5, 2017
In an interview to Mumbai Mirror, Apurva Asrani said, "About the additional dialogue credit, Kangana totally deserves it. She improvised on many of the dialogues and did a remarkable job... There is some hurt over the way things were announced without consulting me. I didn't know that Hansal had promised Kangana part of the writing credit till I had finished the edit. By the time I got to know, the announcement had been made."
On Twitter, he wrote:
@SaiwynQ And yes, I am guilty of signing a contract that only protects the producer, because in this case I believed the producer to be my friend.— Apurva Asrani (@Apurvasrani) May 16, 2017
After the first poster of Simran was unveiled, Apurva Asrani shared it and wrote, "Here it is. The first look of Simran, for which I've written 'story, screenplay and dialogue'."
Filmmaker Goldie Behl and Neerja screenwriter Saiwyn Quadras are supporting Mr Asrani over the falling out.
Kangana Ranaut's Simran is scheduled to release during October.