Kan­gana’s claim hurt­ing my rep­u­ta­tion: Apurva

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ak­shay Kaushal ak­shay.kaushal@htlive.com

Film writer Apurva As­rani (left) is highly up­set about actor Kan­gana Ra­naut (right) get­ting an ‘ad­di­tional story and di­a­logue’ credit on the poster of her new film Simran, and with it ap­pear­ing be­fore his own credit. He has brought this up on Face­book and Twit­ter.

Apurva tells us, “I have made my stand clear with the (Face­book) post, and more than be­ing irked about my credit given af­ter Kan­gana’s, this episode is dam­ag­ing my rep­u­ta­tion as a writer.”

Nei­ther Kan­gana nor her spokesper­son re­sponded to our at­tempts to reach them.

In a long Face­book post, Apurva ac­knowl­edged that Kan­gana had “im­pro­vised” some of his di­a­logues, and “those im­provs were ex­cel­lent”. But be­fore that, he wrote: “Ms 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 that the story was [a] dark & 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 .... ”

In sup­port, film­maker Goldie Behl tweeted: “Nice feel @Apur­vas­rani hv heard of ad­di­tional di­a­logues but can’t un­der­stand ‘ad­di­tional story’. A story is a story how can u hv ad­di­tional.” To this, Apurva replied: “Thanks @ GOLDIEBEHL :) I think @ mehta­hansal is the best per­son to an­swer that ques­tion.”

While Hansal Me­hta was un­avail­able, his spokesper­son said, “When some­thing sim­i­lar hap­pened dur­ing the re­lease of Queen (also star­ring Kan­gana), there wasn’t any hue and cry about it. Then why is there so much of an up­roar over this?”

PHOTO: AALOK SONI/HT

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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