Apurva Asrani upset over ‘additional story’ credit to Kangana Ranaut in Simran

Apurva Asrani's features as the "story, screenplay and dialogue writer" in the poster but his credit appears after Kangana Ranaut.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published:May 16, 2017 8:00 pm
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The new poster of Simran credits Kangana Ranaut as the ‘additional story and dialogue writer’ and it has not gone down well with Apurva Asrani, the writer of the film. Asrani’s features as the “story, screenplay and dialogue writer” in the poster but his credit appears after Kangana. While the writer does not mind Kangana being named as the ‘additional dialogue writer’, he is not happy that she is also sharing the credits as co-writer. The film is directed by Hansal Mehta who has previously worked with Apurva in critically acclaimed films like Shahid, City Lights and Aligarh.

Poster of Simran:


On his Facebook account, Apurva, who was reportedly sacked as the editor of the film, shared the poster, saying he has worked as the “Story, Screenplay and Dialogue writer” in the film.

Director Goldie Behl tweeted to Apurva, writing, “Nice feel @Apurvasrani have heard of additional dialogues but can’t understand ‘additional story’ a story is a story how can you have additional.”

To which, Apurva replied, “Thanks @GOLDIEBEHL. I think @mehtahansal is the best person to answer that question.”

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He then, in a series of tweets, disclosed that, “All I could do was fight for my credit to remain in the film; and I did that! If that had been tampered with I would go to the association (Film Writers’ Association).” In another tweet, he said, “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.” Simran will hit the theatres on September 15

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    Sandhya
    May 18, 2017 at 4:19 am
    Hey Saba(PR) hahhaha. You seriously sound like someone duty bound to write here. Relax girl. Just talk the facts alright. This guy Apurva has nothing to hide. Now ur so outspoken idol is not seen. Find out that
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      Saba
      May 17, 2017 at 11:49 pm
      The write sounds crazy. He needs to make up his mind. Is he angry with the director-producer or is he using Kangana as a smoke screen? He sounds like a soloist who should be writing, directing and acting in his own movie. Attention seeking alert! He is planting PR stories to malign people.
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        Sandhya
        May 17, 2017 at 11:22 am
        Khalid sir. Let me tell you something. This kangana was regular actor until you media came along and hailed and glorified her to ends of earth and created this monster last year. When she could roll over hrithik y not apurva. He is a teeny weeny ant can be crushed like a dust by her. What was the need for bharkha dutt,shobha de to support her endlessly. Now you guys deal with it. Can't. Am I right.
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          Sandhya
          May 17, 2017 at 10:25 am
          The below comments are wisely drafted by non other than the omnipresent PR machinery. Guys mix in some neutral comments to look regular
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            Saba
            May 17, 2017 at 11:50 pm
            You sound like a PR person trying to add variety here.
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            Prachi
            May 17, 2017 at 12:15 am
            Kangana is a YOUNG WOMAN who is a self-made superstar and a 3 time national award winner. We are delighted to see that the director and producer are standing by her contribution as they deem fit! Bollywood men try to calibrate what and how much she should achieve is ridiculous. There is a great deal of ageism and misogyny here.
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              Azim Baig
              May 16, 2017 at 11:49 pm
              LOOK father made actor dost Goldie Behl who makes bolly evergreen DUSTBIN film Drona, he enterd his fake nose to down girl who wants to work her own. RIP father made actor supporter n their blind fan. Apurba needs to stop nonsense acting, He wrote a dark story & kangana changed it all possible fun n cool way. So, he needs to accept real fact. Obviously she deserve credit. Surely male dependent bolly jealous of her strong head. More power to kangana.
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                Kunal
                May 16, 2017 at 9:57 pm
                Chauvinism at full display. A disgruntled writer deflects attention to a female lead when the issue is really between his and others (director, producer) perception of his contribution. The opportunistic buddies come out of from nowhere to rake this non-issue. Khalid Mohammed has written a dooms-day style prejudiced and conceited piece on this non-issue directly targeting the lady because "she dared to refuse his script"! Bollywood men need to grow up!
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                  Charu
                  May 17, 2017 at 12:18 am
                  Agree, that this is the directors and producers prerogative. If they feel that Kangana deserves credit, so be it. The write should not cry foul in that case as long he too has got his due credit (which he said he has, his only problem is that he wants her name removed - Bizarre!).
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                  Shashi
                  May 16, 2017 at 8:26 pm
                  If Mr. Asrani has received his due credit, he should respect the directors and producers prerogative to give additional credit to anyone they deem fit. This is increasingly becoming a male chauvinism issue where men don't like to acknowledge the contribution of a talented woman. The discussion is between the director and writor. Hilarious to see how loyalists of Roshans (mostly bad authors and directors) are trying to stoke the issue and write dooms day articles for KR. Asrani has indicated he wants closure on this.
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