Chilbuli Pandey

Film editor and writer Apurva Asrani yesterday let go what he had been withholding for almost two decades. He posted on Facebook: “In the late ’90s, a maverick filmmaker had tried to destroy my career. He falsely claimed that I had only cut the promos of his ‘important’ film.

Apurva Asrani
Apurva Asrani. Pic/Datta Kumbhar

He discredited my work as the film’s editor. As I was barely 21 and not from a film family, I couldn’t put up a fight. I struggled to gain a foothold in this industry... Then, with a magnum opus gone wrong, the maverick began to fall. But then his prodigy took over the maverick mantle. We had worked together on the ‘important’ film. But he continued telling the lies of his mentor... But I survived thanks to filmmakers like Nagesh Kukunoor, Nila Madhab Panda and Hansal Mehta. Then the maverick prodigy fell too, and his influence also began to wane. I learned some lessons:

1. Karma takes care of things for you.
2. Some adversaries compel you to push harder than even great friends.
3. Nothing in life is permanent.”

Now you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to decipher who Apurva is talking about. Both these maverick filmmakers are known for their dark subjects. Go figure.