The recent news about the director of the upcoming film Simran Hansal Mehta giving a credit of ‘additional story’ to actor Kangana Ranaut, who plays the lead in the film, and placing the credit before the ‘real’ writer of the film, Apurva Asrani, in the poster has come as a shock to many including the people inside the trade. This isn’t the first time a star has used their clout to get their way or their mere presence has ensured that directors follow their cue. Even though this kind of thing might happen again this instance perhaps will usher in a new chapter in the debate about just how much a star can manage to get their way.
While Apurva does not mind Kangana being credited as the ‘additional dialogue writer’, he is not pleased that she is also sharing the credits as a co-writer of the film’s story. Furious and disheartened in equal measure over the recent turn of events, Apurva took to social media to “call out Kangana’s lie”.
In an elaborate Facebook post, he wrote how he is disappointed with the fact that Kangana has been claiming in her interviews that Hansal approached her with a one-line screenplay of the film. She further claimed that ‘Simran’ was a gritty thriller then and it was she who converted it into a light-hearted flick.