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The Writer Of Kangana Ranaut's Next Film Is Pissed At Her For Lying About Co-Writing It

"I am at a loss to understand why Kangana would snatch the hard earned work of a writer."

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This September, Kangana Ranaut will be seen in her next big project, Simran, as the solo lead.

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If you look closely, Ranaut is credited as an "additional writer" in the poster before the man who wrote the entire story, screenplay, and dialogues, Apurva Asrani.


In a lengthy Facebook post, Asrani claimed that "at no point (during nine drafts and one & a half years) was there any talk or communication that Kangana didn't like the tone or direction of the script."

Twitter: @Apurvasrani

He wrote that, while she did improvise a few dialogues, her contribution was nowhere near the scale that she wants attributed to her.

He added that the film was held up for two months because Ranaut wanted to be credited as an additional writer, and how he was arm-twisted by director Hansal Mehta into agreeing to her demands.

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Asrani claimed that he repeatedly refused to give in to her, but Mehta went ahead without his consent, and even put Ranaut's name on the poster before his.

Fellow writers from within the industry and outside have stepped up in Asrani's support, and are calling Ranaut out for trying to snatch someone else's hard work.

"Mera sense of stealing credit bahut achha hai. Aapko dheere dheere pata chalega." - Queen

I wonder why #KanganaRanaut did not addationatlly write films like #Rangoon, #RevolverRani, #Rajjo. @Apurvasrani your script is the star.

The fight for credit is not unknown to Bollywood's writers and lyricists. For years, they have asked to be credited properly and not treated and second-class citizens.

Dear @Saavn, will be really nice if you put the names of lyrics writers too in your listings. Am sure the thought has crossed your mind.

From movie posters to YouTube to streaming apps, the writers are usually mentioned as tiny afterthoughts, if at all.

You can read Asrani's scathing post here:

Facebook: apurv.asrani