For the last few months, Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi has had to face several controversies - making it one of the most talked-about films of the year so far. Despite the glowing success of the historical at the box office, the actress has found herself at the heart of burning controversies yet again. Firstly, original director Krish Jagarlmudi is furious with her for claiming to have directed 70 per cent of the film. This opened old wounds, and director Apurva Asrani, writer of the movie Simran launched a fresh attack on the actress and said that Kangana “hijacked” Simran too.
Apurva and Kangana had a public falling out over the writing credits during the filming of Hansal Mehta's Simran a couple of years ago. Apurva, referring to behind-the-scene drama that went on during the filming, wrote in a tweet that despite all that happened, it still turned out to be a “flop film”.
Hijack the passion project of a senior director
Hire another director, but fire him after he's completed the film..
Claim credit as the films director..
Even have the trade & press support your evil shenanigans..
..but still make a flop film!#InstantKarmasGonnaGetYou— Apurva (@Apurvasrani) January 26, 2019
Responding to Apurva’s tweet, Alia Bhatt’s mother Soni Razdan asked why ‘Kehtan’ (the senior director Apurva was referring to in his tweet) didn’t speak up when his “passion project” was hijacked years back. The story goes thus: Veteran Ketan Mehta had been trying to make a biopic on Rani Laxmi bai for years and had planned it with Kangana. But when his project did not see light of day, Kangana took it to Krish. Now, in this case, one really can't fault the actress for taking the film to someone else who could execute it.
Why did Ketan wait all this time to fight this but ... everyone knew the film was being made. Why not stop this before it went as far as the theatres and released ?— Soni Razdan (@Soni_Razdan) January 26, 2019
The article is from 2 years ago. He raised the red flag the moment she announced it, and it got some media coverage, but I guess nobody cared much to stand up for him. He hasn't said a word after the release.— Apurva (@Apurvasrani) January 27, 2019
Apurva’s tweet received many replies with people either supporting Kangana or criticizing her for her act.
This conversation annoys me to no end!!Aamir getting involved in all aspects of movie making is considered a perfectionist while Kangan is labeled with all sorts of ugly tags by insecure ppl..movie making is not about working in silos..its a collaboration & team work#Manikarnika— JJ (@HCFan123) January 27, 2019
Do Aamir and Salman take credits away from someone who has done much more than them in a certain department? Don't think so. There are female directors here making fantabulous movies. Why's everyone having issues with KR? Being a woman isn't a license to shadow others work— Deepika Bhardwaj (@DeepikaBhardwaj) January 28, 2019
However, Apurva wasn’t done as yet, sharing the clip of Krish’s interview on his Twitter handle. Apurva called Kangana “insecure”, and further added just like Manikarnika, she made Simran all about herself, too, by “deleting other actors' lines.”
This is painful, yet cathartic. I wrote #Simran with a passion similar to the man in the video. But an insecure #KanganaRanaut started deleting other actors lines on set & made it about her. Krish explains in frustration how she cut out historical characters from #Manikarnika too https://t.co/mgqcbEWFLu— Apurva (@Apurvasrani) January 28, 2019
Apurva continued his rant, and attacked Simran director Hansal Mehta as well, for keeping silent and not raising any objection. When the Simran row had broken out, Hansal Mehta, a long time collaborator of Apurva, had kept quiet, preferring not to take sides. This had resulted in a huge fallout between Apurva and Hansal. Simran released and flopped and one of the criticisms against it, indeed, was that the movie was all about Kangana. In fact, a similar criticism has been raised about Manikarnika as well.
Hansal Mehta, THIS is the mindfuck you & Kangana put me through on Simran which led me to a breakdown. If you had the courage to stand up then, we could have weathered many more storms together. I salute Krish's courage & goodness, especially when he talks of his team. #catharsis https://t.co/gEgL1GPSKU— Apurva (@Apurvasrani) January 28, 2019
Former actor and director Pooja Bhatt then came out to defend Krish and tweeted an apology to Apurva. Apparently, she had been hesitant to support Apurva during the Simran fiasco.
Am sorry if it seemed like I was being reticent with regards to my support then. The details of that situation,even though spelt out by all seemed murky to me which is why I didn’t jump in. Though I always maintained that Hansal’s silence felt odd & rather unjust. https://t.co/1o9aS4Mqrw— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) January 28, 2019
Finally Hansal Mehta, the filmmaker, who had directed Simran spoke up. He didn't again reveal exactly what went wrong but he spoke about the trauma and how it affected him.
Many people keep dragging me into the controversies around Kangana Ranaut that seem to erupt from time to time. For the last time - Simran is a closed chapter as far as i am concerned. The details of what really transpired during the film will remain a.. pic.twitter.com/fGafyuxq3Z— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) January 28, 2019
Of course, the interview with Krish, the original director of Manikarnika is still making headlines. He made some rather strong statements against Kangana. "We argued but she (Kangana) wanted her own way. I just couldn't understand," he said, adding, "She is rude all the time."
Now, the final player - Kangana's fiery sister Rangoli jumped in. Check out her tweets.
I have spoken to Kangana and on her behalf I am officially declaring Kangana shot 70 percent of the film ( drama and action) with her primary DOP Kiran Deohans ,2nd DOP Sachin K Krishn and took 100 % final calls on edit with Rameshwar who Krish never met in his life ..@DirKrish— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) January 28, 2019
...and even current post team doesn’t know Krish..... they have been brought on board by Kangna ....she single handedly delivered first copy her producer was unwell ....if Krish can prove otherwise she will apologises and take her name back ... @DirKrish— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) January 28, 2019
Queen Kangana herself hasn't spoken out yet about Krish's allegations. But knowing how she gives it back to her detractors, we can be sure, there would be a fierce rebuttal from her.