Simran’ producer Shailesh Singh criticised writer Apurva Asrani for dragging the film through a controversy over writing credits. In a Facebook post, Asrani had slammed the film’s lead actress Kangana Ranaut for discrediting his work by claiming that she developed the story from a one-line script. Shailesh, however, said he would not be unfair to a writer to please an actress.
“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,” Singh said in a statement.
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.