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‘Simran’ credit row: Kangana Ranaut tears into writer Apurva Asrani


Mumbai: Actress Kangana Ranaut is again in the news following the film credit row with the producer and a writer. Writer-editor Apurva Asrani has alleged that the film’s lead actress, Kangana Ranaut, who has been credited as ‘additional dialogue and story writer’ tried to discredit his work in public by saying that she developed the story with Hansal Mehta from a one-line script.

Simran producer Shailesh Singh said in a statement, “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 Mehta (director), the producers and himself wherein he agrees to the credits given by us.”

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Just an hour after, Kangana opened up on the issue. She told Huffington Post, “Apurva’s story was this dark thriller about a drug-addict who goes into a life of crime. It also had a lot of flavour of Wolf of Wall Street with share market jargon thrown in. 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. With the kind of script we had, that wouldn’t be possible as it’d appeal to very limited people. Hansal then told me that I was free to talk to Apurva and get the script tweaked to make it more accessible.”

“Now let’s make something very clear: actors are very money-oriented. Some actors even take money to cut ribbons at a store. I’m not dying to lend my creative ideas and writing ideas when I’m being paid to act. Actors always want to be blown away by a dazzling script. When that’s not the case, you need to fix it. When I started collaborating with Apurva, I realised this isn’t a writer who matches my expectations. And when I enquired about his previous writing work, I realised he hadn’t done them,” she added.