Hilarious dilemma over story credit for Ek Thi Daayan

  • Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Jan 18, 2013 16:15 IST
  • Kalki Koechlin, Emraan Hashmi, Huma Qureshi, Konkana Sen Sharma

    Kalki Koechlin, Emraan Hashmi, Huma Qureshi and Konkana Sen Sharma pose at the 'first look' launch of the upcoming musical thriller Ek Thi Daayan directed ...

  • Emraan Hashmi, Kalki Koechlin

    Bollywood film actors Emraan Hashmi (back) and Kalki Koechlin perform at the launch of the 'first look' of Ek Thi Daayan produced by Ekta Kapoor ...

  • Huma Qureshi

    Huma Qureshi performs at the 'first look' launch of the upcoming thriller Ek Thi Daayan directed by Kannan Iyer and produced by Ekta Kapoor and ...

  • Konkana Sen Sharma, Kalki Koechlin

    Konkana Sen Sharma (L) and Kalki Koechlin perform at a promotional event for the upcoming thriller Ek Thi Daayan in Mumbai. (AFP PHOTO)

  • Emraan Hashmi, Konkana Sen Sharma

    Emraan Hashmi (L) and Konkana Sen Sharma perform at the 'first look' launch of the upcoming musical thriller Ek Thi Daayan directed by Kannan Iyer ...

  • Konkana Sen Sharma

    Konkana Sen Sharma performs at 'first look' launch of Ek Thi Daayan in Mumbai on January 16, 2013. (AFP PHOTO)

  • Emraan Hashmi

    Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi performs at the 'first look' launch of upcoming musical thriller Ek Thi Daayan. (AFP Photo)

  • Kalki Koechlin, Huma Qureshi

    Kalki Koechlin (R) and Huma Qureshi at the 'first look' launch of their upcoming film Ek Thi Daayan produced by Ekta Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj. ...

  • Konkana Sen Sharma

    Konkana Sen Sharma poses during the 'first look' launch of Ek Thi Daayan directed by Kannan Iyer in Mumbai. (AFP PHOTO)

  • Kalki Koechlin, Konkana Sen Sharma, Huma Qureshi

    Bollywood film actresses Kalki Koechlin, Konkana Sen Sharma and Huma Qureshi pose during the 'first look' launch of the upcoming musical thriller Ek Thi Daayan ...

The upcoming Emraan Hashmi-starrer, Ek Thi Daayan, is based on a short story written by Mukul Sharma (father of actor Konkona Sen Sharma). At the behest of co-producer Vishal Bhardwaj, Sharma expanded the story into a bigger novel, which the latter used to write the film’s screenplay.

Now, the latest development is that the screenplay has now been written into a brand new novel, which has led to a lot of confusion as to who should get credit for it. Describing the confusion, Bhardwaj says, “First, it was a short story, which Mukul developed into a novel. Then, I used it to write the film’s script. Now, we have written a whole new novel using that script.”

The co-producer claims that since he and Sharma worked so closely on every stage of the development of the script as well as the novel, they have lost track of which parts should be credited to them individually. “The script as well as the novel bear both our names. Mukul has argued that if I don’t take credit for the novel, he won’t take credit for the script. It’s all very confusing,” laughs Bhardwaj.

The film, directed by Kannan Iyer, will release on April 18. it stars Emraan with three female leads — Konkona, Kalki Koechlin and Huma Qureshi.
 

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