Kangana Ranaut Simran controversy: Lyricist Varun Grover takes a dig at director Hansal Mehta

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.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: May 17, 2017 4:21 pm
varun grover, kangana ranaut, varun hansal mehta Varun Grover takes a dig at Kangana Ranaut for stealing credits in her upcoming release Simran. 

Writer-lyricist Varun Grover has slammed Hansal Mehta for his silence over the credit controversy surrounding Simran, saying a filmmaker risks to lose respect when he does not stand by the ideals he endorses through his films. The Masaan writer took to Twitter to express his disappointment in the director.

“Making films about oppressed people while oppressing the writer, the lowest in creative world hierarchy – you lose all respect Hansal saab,” wrote Varun. Taking a pot-shot at Kangana, the writer modified a popular dialogue from the 2014 film Queen.

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“‘Mera sense of stealing credit bahut achha hai. Aapko dheere dheere pata chalega. (My sense of stealing credit is great. You will get to know about it slowly)’ – Queen,” Varun wrote. The can of worms opened after the release of the first poster of the movie recently where Kangana was credited as the ‘additional story and dialogue writer’ ahead of Apurva’s ‘story, screenplay and dialogue’.

See Varun Grover’s tweets here: 

Apurva took to Facebook where he debunked actress Kangana’s claim of converting the movie from “one line screenplay to a full-fledged story”.

In a series of tweets, Apurva 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.”

He slammed his frequent collaborator Hansal, with whom he has worked on critically-acclaimed films like Citylights and Aligarh for assigning credit to Kangana for writing the entire story of the film. He concluded the post, “I also wish that my dear friend Hansal shows some spine and either refutes or endorses my story.”

Kangana Ranaut will be seen starring in this controversial story Simran. The movie is slated to release on 15th September, worldwide.

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