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Manikarnika Controversy: Apurva Asrani takes sly dig at Kangana Ranaut with a cryptic post

As Manikarnika director Krish became busy with another film, Kangana has stepped in to direct the patchwork of her movie.

Edited by: India TV Entertainment Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: September 02, 2018 14:32 IST ]

Kangana Ranaut and Apurva Asrani

Film writer-editor Apurva Asrani has taken a jibe at Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut via a cryptic post over Manikarnika controversy. Asrani in his tweet wrote about "hijacking a film" and called it the worst form of "hara-kiri".

He took to Twitter and wrote, ''A star hijacking a film and running down the hard work of crew member/s is the worst form of hara-kiri there is. When affected filmmakers cannot control this and instead put on a facade of a 'dignified silence', they allow a monstrous ego to go on a rampage and eventually kill the film''.

A user then asked: "But what is the choice?"

"Zero tolerance. From day one. If the actor refuses to abide by the contract, threaten/get legal intervention. I know many directors who have replaced tantrum throwing stars early on. And the studios have supported the courage and conviction of the maker," Asrani tweeted.

The writer then said, "if someone else is directing your film and you are unable to stop him/her, then just quit! Before your self-esteem is eroded. Unless of course you are greedy for a commercial 'hit' and are prepared to sacrifice your team. I think in the current hijacked film the director has bowed out.''

As Manikarnika director Krish became busy with another film, Kangana has stepped in to direct the patchwork of her movie, which tells the story of Rani Laxmibai. The film is currently in news as actor Sonu Sood has walked out of it owing to his professional commitment towards Simmba. However, Kangana alleged that the actor left the movie as he "refused to work under a woman director". On his part, Sonu has denied this. Hitting back, he said that the gender is not important, competence is.

On a related note, Asrani in a long Facebook post in 2017 wrote that he was not given due credit as a writer in the first poster and teaser of movie Simran. Also, a news report mentioned that Kangana claimed herself to be the writer of Hansal Mehta's film. However, after much fiasco, makers gave Asrani credit for story, screenplay and dialogue writer and actress for additional dialogues.

(With IANS inputs)

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