Kangna Ranaut is making her writing debut with Hansal Mehta’s upcoming feature, ‘Simran.’
Though she had reportedly written some scenes for Vikas Bahl’s ‘Queen,’ which earned her a National Award for Best Actress, this is the first time she will be officially listed in the credits as co-writer with Mehta’s regular script-writer Apurva Asrani, reports Times of India.
The star has in the past done a screenplay writing course in New York. Rumour is, when Mehta approached Ranaut for the film she loved the character so much that she decided to co-write with Asrani. Mehta told the media, “Kangna is an incredible talent and I’m happy that she with her collaboration has helped make ‘Simran’ a fun family film. I’ve been very impressed with her since Queen and even more so because she collaborated on the script of that lovely film. I’m thankful that after Queen we have a similar collaboration in our film.” Mehta went on to say, “Of course Kangna must write. She is sharp, instinctive and has a great sense of character.”
Mehta has had a long association with Asrani who has penned ‘Shahid'(2012) and ‘Aligarh’ (2015) for him. He was the script advisor and editor on ‘CityLights’ (2014) as well. “Apurva is a fantastic talent and we’ve all come together to make a wonderful film. We have made films together in the past and done work that we’re very proud of. I have a lot of regard and love for him and his talent. The credits were shared with grace, dignity and respect for each other as artistes and our commitment to making ‘Simran’ a special film experience,” Mehta asserts. Speaking about his experience of working with Kangna, Hansal says he intends to collaborate with her in the near future, “Working with Kangna was intense and satisfying. She is a fine artiste and a unique talent who is deeply involved in the process of filmmaking. This is a new journey in my career, one that I’m always going to remember. My producing partner, Shailesh Singh, and I have offered to co-produce Kangna’s directorial debut. It’s going to be superbly compelling. I’m still finding that script I can make next with her, maybe a ‘Simran’ sequel?”
On the subject of ‘Simran’, Mehta remained tightlipped. “What we have is a really fun, slice-of-life drama with a character that everybody will totally love,” he signed off.
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