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Hansal Mehta, T-Series fume at rumours of Kangana Ranaut editing Simran

He is also upset with Vishal Bhardwaj being dragged into the controversy.

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Mayur Lookhar

Not too long ago, editor Apurva Asrani had blamed Kangana Ranaut for his ouster from Simran. Ranaut though hadn’t commented on the issue. Today, tabloid Mid-Day, reported that Kangana Ranaut has taken over the edit of the film after she was unhappy with the initial cut. 

As per the report, Ranaut is in discussion with Hansal Mehta to zero in on how the trailer should eventually turn out. It also stated that the film's marketing team is apprehensive about her methods, since it may delay its promotional strategy.

Director Hansal Mehta and producer Bhushan Kumar from T-Series, have issued a statement slamming the reports. 

"All this speculation is false, malicious and totally fabricated. I collaborate closely with my team and my actors are an integral part of that collaboration. It angers me that every time some malicious gossip has to be spread people meaninglessly drag Kangana into their stupid machinations. She is a valued friend, actor and collaborator,” said Mehta. 

Bhushan Kumar, seconding Mehta's statement, said, "We are very saddened with this news. Her sitting on the edit table is completely false. We all work as a team and her feedback on every promo and plan is crucial. At the end, the film is a director's vision and the film campaign will stay close to that only." 

The tabloid report also mentioned Mehta's supposed view that Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon (2017) would have been a better film, had the director paid heed to Ranaut's edit suggestions.

Mehta called the statement and lie and expressed his grief over Bhardwaj’s name being dragged into the controversy. 

 “I'm even more hurt that some malicious person chooses to drag my relationship with Vishal Bhardwaj into this malice. Vishal is one of my dearest friends and if I am making films today it is because of him. I would never say anything that could remotely even hurt or upset somebody I love so dearly and to whom I am so grateful,’ said Mehta.

Simran is said to based on Indian American Sandeep Kaur, who was convicted in 2015 for robbing four banks across three U.S. states. The film is set to be released on 15th September.