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Hichki: Writer accuses YRF of stealing his credit for Rani Mukerji’s comeback film, director responds

A writer who claims to have written the first draft for Rani Mukerji’s new film Hichki has posted a long ‘rant’ on Twitter in which he says he was unceremoniously booted off the project and had his credit taken away.

bollywood Updated: Dec 20, 2017 21:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Hichki is produced by Maneesh Sharma under Yash Raj Films. The film is scheduled for a February 23 release.

A writer who claims to have written the first draft for Rani Mukerji’s new film Hichki has posted a long ‘rant’ on Twitter in which he says he was unceremoniously booted off the project. The trailer for the comedy-drama was released on Tuesday.

Nishant Kaushik wrote that he was approached by director Sidharth P Malhotra with an idea for a story close to three years ago. Kaushik says he wrote a draft of the story - he attached screenshots of mails and messages as evidence - and submitted it to Malhotra. He said that after sending the draft, he never heard from the team of the film again.

“Does this mean Hichki is my story?” he asked, “NO.” But he did said that he felt he “was owed the courtesy of a response or acknowledgement” for his work.

Kaushik said that he sent numerous texts and mails asking about the radio silence, but got nothing in response. He said this incident reaffirmed the stories he had heard about how up-and-coming writers were treated in the industry. A similar situation transpired when writer Apurva Asrani alleged that star Kangana Ranaut had hijacked his script for the film Simran and had his credit removed.

The story and screenplay for Hichki has been credited to director Malhotra, Anckur Chaudhry, Ambar Hadap and Ganesh Pandit with dialogues credited to Chaudhry. Hichki is produced by Maneesh Sharma under Yash Raj Films. The film is scheduled for a February 23 release.

Read the entire thread here:

Malhortra issued a statement through YRF on Wednesday:

I had acquired the rights to make Front of the Class as a Hindi motion picture in 2013. Nishant Kaushik’s claims are baseless. He was contacted through Exceed Entertainment and I haven’t even met him once. We were looking for writers who could come up with a take on the Front of the Class. We had approached several writers including Nishant. He was given a brief for the film and the story and slant he came up with, was not what we were looking for.

So, we did not proceed with him and Exceed was informed about my decision immediately. This was, 2015. Several prominent writers like Amole Gupte, Abbas Tyrewala have worked on the story of Hichki and we have obtained NOC’s from them and I thank each one of them for being the creative contributors of Hichki.

We have credited all the writers who have worked in our film. So, it is ridiculous that we will not give credit to anyone in particular who has worked hard and contributed for Hichki.

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First Published: Dec 20, 2017 17:44 IST