Bollywood’s Latest Controversy! Why Kangana Would Snatch The Hard Earned Work Of Simran’s Writer?


National Award-winning film editor and screenwriter Apurva Asrani is unhappy with actress Kangana Ranaut for apparently claiming that she has co-written the script of the upcoming film Simran.

Besides starring in the Hansal Mehta directorial, Kangana Ranaut has been credited as “additional dialogue and story” writer in the film’s poster. In a lengthy post on Facebook on Wednesday, Asrani said it was “demeaning for any writer’s name to be pushed after an additional writing credit”. He said he was not offended by the credits, rather feels “betrayed” by Kangana.

“Ranaut has been claiming in several interviews that Hansal Mehta, the director of ‘Simran‘, approached her with just a one line screenplay of the film. She says the story was dark and gritty thriller at that stage and that she herself developed it into a light, fun film,” Asrani wrote.

“This completely discredits me and my efforts, and I have to call out this lie at the cost of so many of her fans turning against me. Those that know me will know that I have always strived for the truth and that is more important to me than a hit film,” he added.

Asrani shared that Mehta sent him a news article of a woman in the US who crossed the line of the law.

“I loved it and thought it would make a great film. But I didn’t want to do a serious film after ‘Aligarh‘. As gratifying as the experience of making ‘Aligarh‘ was, it churned my insides out and left me emotionally drained. I saw ‘Simran’ as an opportunity to have some fun. This was two years ago,” Asrani said.

Asrani said that both Kangana and Hansal gave him valuable inputs while he incorporated some and rejected the others.

“They were always happy with the outcome… At no point (during nine drafts and one and a half year) was there any talk or communication that Kangana didn’t like the tone or direction of the script. In fact, she used to jump with glee when I finished my narrations,” Asrani said.

Asrani said that things got bitter the day after he “finished the first cut of the film” and Mehta informed him “nervously that Kangana is turning director and therefore has demanded a co-writer credit”.

“I naturally had a shit fit and feeling shocked and betrayed. I refused to give in… I finally gave into an additional writing credit, but only because they claimed their film would be stuck if I didn’t do so. But I refused to give her a co-writer credit, and we signed a letter where they promised me the same,” he added.

Asrani says he can’t understand “why Kangana would snatch the hard earned work of a writer”.

“I wish she had been graceful about this and acknowledged what I brought to this film. I also wish that my dear friend Hansal shows some spine and either refutes or endorses my story,” he said.

Simran is slated to release on September 15.

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Here’s Why Kangana Ranaut Refuses To Be On Social Media!

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut

Celebrities often have contradicting opinions about joining social media. While some of them are quite active online, there are some who prefer to stay away, for reasons best known to them. Katrina Kaif recently gave in and joined Instagram. While we wait to see who’s next in line to join the bandwagon, we know for sure it’s not Kangana Ranaut. The actress has her reasons for staying away from the virtual world, as she told a leading daily:

I am not on the platform. I feel there are two sides to any coin. If they (celebrities) like to enjoy the pampering and the likes, it’s one thing. Then when it goes the other way and you think ‘people are not liking me anymore’ it’s a problem. I do miss seeing moments where I can post a picture and get likes from a million people, but at the same time, I know the repercussions. There are times when everybody will be annoyed with something. They have to understand the frivolous nature of the platform and not take it too seriously.”

Do you agree with Kangana’s school of thought? Tell me in the comments below!

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Fans speak: Alia Bhatt beats Kangana Ranaut to be the Best Actress of 2017’s first quarter

Kangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt

Kangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt

As the first quarter of 2017 ended, we ran a series of polls about what we felt were the Best performance of the period, both male and female, best movie and best song. As for the Best Actress poll, we, unfortunately, had very limited choices of strong performances when compared to their male counterparts. But the five choices that we got for this category were really tough ones. So here they were – Alia Bhatt as the spunky small town girl with big ambitions in Badrinath Ki Dulhania. Kangana Ranaut was chosen for her brilliant performance as Miss Julia in the period drama, Rangoon. Swara Bhaskar’s feisty act as the nautch girl with high morals in Anarkali of Aaraah deservingly got a spot in our list. Taapsee Pannu was one of the finest things in a sadly disappointing Naam Shabana, while Anushka Sharma’s spooky act in Phillauri was also great enough.

However, there can only be one winner and that one winner happens to be Alia Bhatt for her performance in Shashank Khaitan’s social romcom. She easily defeated her competitors by getting 50% of the votes, and shows how popular she is among our readers.

In the second position is Kangana Ranaut in Rangoon, a performance everyone liked in a movie that a very few liked. Kangana gets 37% of the votes. Interestingly, she was leading the poll when we were tracking it at the beginning, before Alia Bhatt surged ahead. Taapsee Pannu, Anushka Sharma and Swara Bhaskar made for the third, fourth and fifth positions respectively. Here are the poll results.


In the Best Actor poll, it was Hrithik Roshan who won the same for his performance in Raees beating Shah Rukh Khan in Raees. Well, congrats to all the winners!

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“I Am Definitely Not Going Anywhere, Mr Johar” – Kangana Ranaut Hits Back

Kangana Ranaut, Karan Johar

Kangana Ranaut, Karan Johar

Kangana Ranaut‘s fierce statements on Koffee With Karan 5 made headlines for days after her episode aired. She accused Karan Johar for being the flag-bearer of nepotism and called him a ‘movie mafia’, and in return, he said that he was done with Kangana playing the victim/woman card. He also said Kangana should leave the industry if she is that terrorised by it.

Now, in a tell-all interview with MumbaiMirror, Kangana responded to Karan’s remarks and she did not hold herself back in any form. Here are a few excerpts:

“I can’t speak for Karan Johar’s understanding of nepotism. If he thinks that it is restricted to nephews, daughters and cousins, I have nothing to say. As importantly, his memory appears to be poor because we worked together in a movie (Ungli), which was produced by him. And quickly realised our sensibilities did not match.”

“I’m also at a loss to understand how he gave me a platform by inviting me to be on his show. I’ve been on several platforms before with several global icons. His team requested my team for months for my dates.”

“But what is pertinent here is: why is Karan Johar trying to shame a woman for being a woman? What is this about the ‘woman card’ and the ‘victim card’? This kind of talk is demeaning to all women, particularly the vulnerable because they are the ones who really need to use them.”

“I am not fighting Karan Johar, I am fighting male chauvinism. Now that Karan is the father of a little daughter, he should provide her with all these cards – the ‘woman card’ and the ‘victim card’, as also the ‘self-made-independent-woman card’, and the ‘badass card’ that I flashed on his show. We will use whatever we need to ensure no one rocks our boat.”

“I’m also a little surprised at the “graciousness” he says he displayed in choosing to not edit the jousty bits on the show. While I’d have blacklisted the channel if something like that had happened, let’s also remember that a channel wants TRPs, and he is just a paid host.”

“Also, the Indian film industry is not a small studio given to Karan by his father when he was in his early 20s. That is just a small molecule. The industry belongs to every Indian and is highly recommended for outsiders like me whose parents were too poor to give me a formal training. I learnt on the job and got paid for it, using the money to educate myself in New York. He is nobody to tell me to leave it. I’m definitely not going anywhere, Mr Johar.”

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“People Think Now Kangana Will Give A Discount” – Kangana Ranaut On Rangoon’s Failure

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut is one fiesty woman. She doesn’t give two hoots about what others think and always speaks her mind without mincing her words. A recent example? Koffee With Karan. She unabashedly spoke about nepotism in Bollywood, much to host Karan Johar‘s surprise. While the two have been at a war of words over the last couple of days, Rajeev Masand wanted to know how she feels post the debacle of Rangoon. Here’s what she said.

I think people want to encash on failure and think ‘Now Kangana will give a discount’. They come to me and say, but your first day wasn’t good. My point is that I don’t promise you a first day in my contract. It’s the value for my job as an artiste. I give you a year and a half, my working hours, my depiction of a character.

Even today after winning three National Awards, if people feel I’m not good enough, I’m not going to succumb to the mind set. And I do feel that when you’ve suffered a setback, your dignity as a worker and your pride as a woman is really vulnerable to attacks.

I’m very possessive of my credits, whether they’re financial or whether they are artistic, but I’m very greedy for that. And I feel somewhere women are taken for a ride. My ultimate dream is to be autonomous in every sense and to be this self-sufficient entity who operates on her own.”

How are you such a trooper, Kangana? May you always continue to be this bold!

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5 Things We Loved About Rangoon



Vishal Bharadwaj’s Rangoon is intrinsically a film about romance in the time of war and is set in pre-independent India in 1943 amidst the on-going World War II. The film touches upon the two on-going movements back then – one of Ahimsa by Mahatma Gandhi, and the other of Subhash Chandra Bose – a more violent attempt to get India independence along with the Indian National Army.

Amidst this, we have three main characters – the stoic Nawab Malik (Shahid Kapoor), an Indian soldier who has just spent eight months as a prisoner in Japanese custody. He somehow escapes this, establishing himself as the brave, unabashed soldier who will do anything for his country. Then there’s the ridiculously good looking Russi Billimoria (Saif Ali Khan), a well established studio owner who used to once be an action superstar until he loses his hand in a stunt accident. Lastly, there’s Julia (Kangana Ranaut), a leading action heroine, Rusi’s muse and Nawab’s lover. She’s physically strong yet emotionally vulnerable as she discovers herself through the forests of Arunachal Pradesh.

I watched the film yesterday and here are five things we loved about the film.

Shahid & Kangana’s Chemistry

Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut

Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut

Absolutely electrifying. These two were terrific and brought so much intensity and passion to the screen, it’s almost hard to believe there are rumours doing the rounds that the two don’t get along. This pairing, honestly, might just be my favourite one. I was rooting for them right from the very beginning. PS – I must add that this was one of Shahid’s best performances so far. A full 10/10 for his acting chops.

Saif Ali Khan’s Fabulous Performance

Saif Ali Khan, Kangna Ranaut

Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut

This film has made me realise that Saif Ali Khan is one of those actors who has been drastically under-appreciated. Saif as the jealous and controlling fiancé is absolutely amazing and proves what a fine actor he is.


Good, soulful music is always synonymous with a Vishal Bharadwaj film. Ye Ishq Hai is undoubtedly the highlight of the film.

Supporting Cast

As great as the leading trio was, the supporting cast were the ones who held the film together. Satoru Kawaguchi as the Japanese soldier was incredible. His comic timing was on-point and he makes you feel a range of emotions. You want to be angry with him but can’t help rooting for him either. His scenes with Shahid and Kangana stand out in the film, and that says quite something about his potential. Saharsh Shukla also doesn’t go unnoticed as Julia’s spot boy.

Julia Is A Total Badass

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut’s character is the heart of Rangoon. She’s ruthless, fights the bad guys with her whip, jumps from one train to the other. She’s tough yet beautifully vulnerable and brings to the fore all the shades of being a woman. What was interesting is that Julia is the one actress who could bring commercial success to the film and her studio, bearing a striking resemblance to what Kangana is like in real life. She’s one of the few female actresses who can carry off a film just as well as a male actor, and this without a doubt is Kangana’s film all the way.

PS – I want to add again that Shahid Kapoor was AMAZING in the film!

If you’ve been a fan of Vishal Bharadwaj’s films, Rangoon is a must watch. Head to the theatre and let us know what you thought of the film. 🙂

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Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan’s film receives a MIXED response from critics

Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor

Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor

Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan’s much awaited film Rangoon has finally released! What has caused more hype to the film apart from the stellar cast is the man donning the director’s hat, Vishal Bharadwaj. The story revolves around individuals and how the dynamics of love change their lives. Evidently, it is a love triangle between the stars in the film set during the time of World War 2. The movie delivers war, love, deceit in forms that only Bharadwaj can compile together! So with the film finally releasing, critics have given it a mixed response. From good to mediocre to bad ratings have been given to the film. Although it’s mostly the storytelling that has miffed the critics, who expected a lot more, performance wise, they’ve all done well. Reviewers can’t stop raving about the brilliance of Kangana, who quite possibly owns the show but not without the astounding performance of Shahid and Saif! Check out the reviews of critics of the industry.

BollywoodLife: 4 stars

The three protagonists – Kangana, Shahid and Saif deliver their best performances even in a plot that sometimes curbs them. Julia is a brave heroine, she fearless and not shameful of admitting that she’s a bastard. 3.5 stars

With so much exposure to Hollywood movies for our audience, it’s not easy to do justice to the setting. But Vishal Bhardwaj and his team deserve a pat on their backs for recreating the foregone era. Be it the production design, the beautiful locales used and and the props, the technical values are simply brilliant. Pankaj Kumar’s camera work effortlessly captures the hues of the forest, the pristine green waters of the river as well as the dark grey clouds that are a metaphor for the looming doom for some of the characters.

India Today: 2 stars

At two hours and forty seven minutes, Rangoon doesn’t satisfy either as a period love story or a rousing drama about India’s fight for independence. Working on a big canvas, Bhardwaj has enough grandeur and glamour (the sets and costumes are striking) but is short on an engaging narrative. The overblown and protracted climax, with a touch of Tarantino thrown in, makes one giggle.

Hindustan Times: 2 stars

It may be one of the most awaited films in recent times but Rangoon is a royal misfire.Within minutes of the movie’s beginning, you realise the promise of a heart-wrenching period drama was a farce — a set-up to promote a self-indulgent film that doesn’t know what it wants to be. The director Vishal Bhardwaj has desperately tried to play to the gallery, and has miserably failed.

The movie’s strongest scenes are set in the Army camp where Russi and Nawab duel, literally and figuratively, for Julia’s soul. Since Rangoon equates love for another human being with love for the country, this romance, like the movie itself, is all over the place.

Firstpost: 2.5 stars

On the face of it, this is a setting bubbling with possibilities, and considerable swathes of Rangoon (especially in its second half) do mine that potential. Ranaut delivers a seemingly effortless, chameleon-like performance as a woman who is by turns fragile and fierce, hurting yet invulnerable, a child who grows into a woman during the course of the film. The actress and the character she plays here, possess a body that is as intriguing as her mind: she appears delicate, yet explodes with energy and athleticism when life demands it of her.

With such mixed reviews, what would you do this weekend? Will you go watch Rangoon or will you skip it? Tell us in the comments section below and stay tuned to this space for hot scoop.

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Kangana Ranaut Wrote A Letter To Shahid Kapoor’s Wife Mira Kapoor

Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut

Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut

Rumours have been rife that Rangoon co-stars Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut didn’t get along during the shooting of the film and even in the promotional rounds for the film, it was said that there were constant cold vibes between the duo. When Kangana didn’t attend Shahid’s pre-birthday party hosted by Mira Kapoor, reports started doing the rounds that it was Kangana sending a message of some sort.

Shahid Kapoor , Mira Kapoor

Shahid Kapoor , Mira Kapoor

However, according to a report in DNA though, Kangana actually did something quite sweet. Apparently, Kangana wrote a letter to Mira thanking her for the invite and explaining to her that she won’t be able to attend the do as she’s tied up with prior work commitments in Delhi.

All’s good in the hood, it seems!

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Did Kangana Lose A Film With Shah Rukh Khan Due To Her Statement On Koffee With Karan 5?

Kangana Ranaut, Shah Rukh Khan

Kangana Ranaut, Shah Rukh Khan

Earlier this year, reports were doing the rounds that Kangana Ranaut has been signed opposite Shah Rukh Khan for a period drama being helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. While that cast and pairing combined with Bhansali’s magnificence is enough to excite any hardcore Bollywood fan – things seem to be looking bad as of now.

Recently, Kangana was on Koffee With Karan 5 where she was asked which Khan she would like to work with next – and she replied saying none of them. Kangana had her reasons though, as she does not want to be over shadowed by any Khan’s star power. According to DNA, Mr. Bhansali decided not to cast Kangana opposite SRK in his film, post this statement.

Reports also suggest that the director had approached King Khan with 2 scripts, and SRK seemed to have liked the script which doesn’t include Kangana.

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Sugandha Mishra Breaks Her Silence On Kangana Ranaut Wanting To Slap Her

Kangana Ranaut, Sugandha Mishra

Kangana Ranaut, Sugandha Mishra

Promotions for Rangoon are on in full swing, with Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan appearing on several reality shows for the same. Recently, there were reports that Kangana was miffed with comedienne and host of The Voice India, Sugandha Mishra for mimicking her.

Kangana was quite upset and reportedly said she felt like slapping her for insulting her. Sugandha was initially mum about the matter, but she finally addressed the matter and told BOC:

I really admire Kangana and her body of work. We had a great time while shooting the episode on Voice and the camaraderie is for all to see in the episode.  In fact, we did an act together where she calls up Datto and says, “Datto, thappad marungi to daant toot jayenge“. Immitating her and the fashion walk was all in good humour and she appreciated it. That’s all I want to say and there’s nothing more to it.”

Okay then!

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