Apurva Asrani and Hansal Mehta’s collaboration ends because of Kangana Ranaut?
Apurva Asrani is one of Bollywood’s most accomplished film editors and has written scripts for highly lauded films including Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya, Hansal Mehta’s Shahid, Aligarh to name a few. Well, Apurva Asrani and Hansal Mehta have a very strong and long association with each other but looks like their partnership has hit the rock bottom. Reports suggest that the Kangana Ranaut starrer ‘Simran’ could mark the end of a creatively stimulating journey of Hansal and Apurva Asrani.
Apurva Asrani, the writer and editor of the film spoke his heart out in an interview about the credit of co-writer for ‘Simran’ is being given to Kangana Ranaut. The writer has expressed his disappointment on the same in a recent interview.
In the interview with Mumbai Mirror, when Apurva was asked about the recent controversy on Simran, he said, “I gave two years of my life to write Simran. I refused directors I adore because I was giving the film my 100 percent. I feel invested because Praful (Kangana’s character in Simran) is an oddball character like me. When I moved abroad at 21 to study, I dressed funny and spoke in an odd accent. I was a misfit but wanted to fit in. Praful comes from that space. She likes to gamble with life. That comes from my brother, Ricky, who assisted me on the script. He can play Poker for hours, clean the table with a straight face. Praful is a divorcee, yet doesn’t let a patriarchal society hold her back. That comes from my sister Malvika. Then, there’s graph Kangana has found to make Praful her own. She is a mix of so many interesting people from our worlds.”
When asked about what changes in the script have been made to justify Kangana’s name in the credits for additional story and dialogues, Apurva clarifies, “The story and screenplay are almost exactly what I registered with the Film Writers’ Association (FWA). Hansal had sent me a news article about a woman in the US who had crossed the line of the law. I loved it, but I didn’t want us to make another dark and gritty film after Aligarh. So we stripped the original story of its baggage and found the playfulness in it. I love storytelling through songs, have produced and directed the Tera Mera Pyar videos for Kumar Sanu and Shreya Ghoshal. I’ve written four songs.”
He adds, “About the additional dialogue credit, Kangana totally deserves it.She improvised on many of the dialogues and did a remarkable job. She has brought a Chaplinesque performance style to my scenes reminiscent of Sridevi in her prime. When I saw in the rushes how she had interpreted her character and influenced the other actors, I was sure that she would make a terrific director one day. I’d often joke with Hansal that you can’t call Kangana a co-writer as she has never actually collaborated with the writer. Her improvisations happened on set, so she deserves to be called a co-director.”
Following the controversy, Bollywood Hungama has now quoted a source saying that Apurva’s assistant was recently not allowed to enter the editing room of Simran. Does this mean that he has been sacked from the film as an editor? Well, if reports are anything to go by, then this is truly unprofessional to treat a national award-winning Editor.
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