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Is Kangana Ranaut to be blamed for ouster of Simran editor Apurva Asrani?


 Experienced editor Apurva Asrani’s services have been terminated for Simran, a film that’s written by him.

Kangana Ranaut and Hansal Mehta

Mayur Lookhar

It’s hard to know whether controversy follows Kangana Ranaut or she likes to create one. Experienced editor Apurva Asrani’s services have been terminated for Simran, a film that’s written by him. The needle of suspicion is falling upon Simran lead actress Ranaut who allegedly was not happy with the edit of the film, as reported by entertainment website Spotboye.com.

“I continue to be the writer of the film, but yes my services as an editor of the film have been terminated,” Asrani said in an interview.

Asrani, who has worked with Simran director Hansal Mehta since 2002 and been part of critically acclaimed films such as Shahid (2012), Aligarh (2016) and Citylights (2014), was left hurt as Mehta relieved him of editing duties.

"I have edited almost the entire film except the final touches in the last leg of the schedule. I haven’t spoken to Hansal till now, but yes I won’t deny that I am not hurt as we have set up this collaboration 16 years back and have delivered some National Award winning work," added Asrani.

Asrani refused to comment on whether Ranaut was responsible for his ouster, but he said, "Hansal stopped taking my calls a while back, especially after (tabloid) Mumbai Mirror’s article on Kangana sharing the credits as a writer for Simran.”

This is the second high-profile exit involving a Ranaut project. Rumour had it that the actresses had creative differences with Ketan Mehta which led to the seasoned director walking out of Manikarnika The Queen of Jhansi. Ketan Mehta was the replaced by Gabbar is Back (2015) director Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi (popularly known as Krish).

There have been murmurs that Ranaut wants to involve herself more in her upcoming projects. She has already declared her intention to direct films and act in them. Is Ranaut trying to bite more than she can chew?

Simran is to be released on 15 September, and will compete with Farhan Akhtar’s Lucknow Central.