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Director Krish Jagarlamudi to Open Up About Fallout with Actor Kangana Ranaut over ‘Manikarnika’ on Talk Show


Krish Jagarlamudi, the director who had a fallout with Hindi film actor Kangana Ranaut over the 2019 film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, spoke for “one last time” about the controversy on Samantha Akinneni‘s talk show, Sam Jam.

Addressing the controversy in a promo video released ahead of the release of the episode, Krish said that he feared that he might remain unknown to the world.

“I want to speak for one last time. Kangana and her team watched the film and I got a call after two days. My only fear was that I might remain unknown to the world. As artists, we can only show our potential to the world when we get the right opportunities,” Krish said.

Actor Rakul Preet Singh is also seen in the promo video joining the director on the guests’ couch.

In 2019, when Ranaut claimed that she directed 70% of Manikarnika, Krish stated that the actor was lying. The director, in an interview with Bollywood Hungama, said he was replaced in the credits by the actress when the film was released.

“The first poster of the movie came out on August 15. I was the director then. The teaser that came out on October 1st saw my screen name ‘Krish’ being changed to Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi – my real name. The trailer that released in December showed Kangana Ranaut’s name alongside mine as a director. When the movie eventually came out, it credited her as the sole director and my name came way into the credits,” he said in the interview.

He also took to Twitter and posted several WhatsApp screenshots of his messages with the people who worked with him on Manikarnika as well. Sharing the editor’s chat he tweeted, “This is from the editor who edited and later replaced.. the question is not about who shot how much., but its about proceess which everything has been done with ulterior motive n with a poor taste. Pls realise ur lies r making things worse. (sic)”

This led to a Twitter feud between Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel and Krish.

Earlier, Ranaut had been involved in a tussle over credits when Simran writer Apurva Asrani claimed that she took over the authorship of the 2017 film. Ranaut was credited with “additional screenplay and dialogue” for the Hansal Mehta directorial, in which she also played the lead. The actor had claimed that Asrani’s script did not match her vision of her character, which finally forced her to intervene. While Asrani was more than happy with her taking the additional dialogue credits, he didn’t want to share the writing credits with her.

Asrani even spoke up against Ranaut during the Manikarnika controversy, taking the director’s side.

The episode of Sam Jam with Krish and Rakul Preet Singh will premiere on Friday on Telugu OTT platform Aha.

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