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Hansal defends decision of crediting Kangana with the story of 'Simran'

Hansal defends decision of crediting Kangana with the story of 'Simran'

New Delhi, May 19 (UNI) Breaking his silence on the controversy around his film 'Simran', whose writer Apurva Israni has accused him of assigning credit to Kangana for writing the entire story of the film, filmmaker Hansal Mehta has defended his decision of crediting Kangana with the film's srory.
In a statement on social media, Hansal, who has directed 'Simran' , asked Apurva not to harm his film in a bid to seek attention.
'Yes I am guilty.
Guilty of crediting individuals who contribute to making my films very special to many of us.
And, yes , I will be guilty not just once more but a thousand times over.
Call me names, as many names as you want.
But in your desperation to seek attention and gain sympathy do not try to harm my film,'he said.
Hansal said he did not owe an explanation to anyone except for those colleagues 'who work with love, respect and are genuine stakeholders in our efforts to make films'.
To those questioning his silence in the controversy, Hansal said ,'if I chose to not speak, it is only for my film.
And, when I do speak, it will only be for the service of my film- not driven by blackmail or any noise on social media where dignity is perceived as weakness and conversation is replaced by allegation.
' Charging his detractors of trying to jump the gun just to be relevant, Hansal said ,'go get a life.
Do some work that you can genuinely own.
Endure the pain that comes with making an entire film and make that journey on your own.
Then, go give yourself all the credits in the world.
' The controversy broke out 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’.
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.
Criticising Hansal, he posted, “I also wish that my dear friend Hansal shows some spine and either refutes or endorses my story.
” 'Simran' is slated to release on September 15, worldwide.


European Union Film Festival in Goa from Jul 1

Panaji, Jun 27 (UNI) The European Union Film Festival, organized jointly by the Delegation of the European Union, Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) and Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, will be held in Goa from July 1 to 8.


Bollywood lauds Kidambi Srikanth on winning Australia Super series

New Delhi, Jun 27 (UNI) Bollywood fraternity today lauded ace badminton player Kidambi Srikanth who has created history by becoming the first Indian ever to win Australia Super series.


Sarthak, Savina crowned Bollywood Mr & Miss India 2017

New Delhi, Jun 27 (UNI) Sarthak Verma from Delhi and Savina Birla from Chandigarh were crowned Bollywood Mr India and Miss India 2017 respectively at a first of its kind Bollywood pageant, held in the capital.


'Tubelight' earns Rs 65 cr on opening weekend

New Delhi, Jun 26 (UNI) Riding on the brilliant performances by Salman Khan and child actor Matin and the strong buzz for the film, Kabir Khan's 'Tubelight ' has earned Rs 65 crore in its opening weekend, trade sources said today.


Daler Mehndi lends support to US girl's vision to Oxygenate Earth by planting 100 trees in Delhi

New Delhi, Jun 24 (UNI) Having entertained music lovers in India as well as abroad over the years with his unique brand of Punjabi rock music, pop icon Daler Mehndi has now joined hands with the DDA for the humanitarian cause of 'Oxygenating' the Earth for future generations.

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah to act in Kannada-English film

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah to act in Kannada-English film

Bengaluru, Jun 22 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today donned the paint to act as a reel Chief Minister in a children's film Though not a first politician to figure in the tinsel town with some of his predecessors including former Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde taking the leader earlier.

India focus in Al Gore's climate crisis sequel

India focus in Al Gore's climate crisis sequel

Cannes, May 26 (UNI) A year after Paris hosted the historic climate change conference, the Cannes film festival maintained the momentum on saving the environment by screening the sequel to former US Vice-president Al Gore's path-breaking documentary film on the subject.