Naseer, Gada lock horns over script

Aug 3, 2006 Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Aug 3 (IANS) Uttam Gada, who wrote Naseeruddin Shah's directorial debut "Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota", is an angry man.

In an open letter to Naseer, posted on Gada's website (, the writer claims the director has completely distorted and destroyed his original screenplay.

Writes Gada: "My question to you Mr. Shah is if you loved the script what was the need for you to re-write yourself almost 80 percent of the script?

"What was the need to arbitrarily change the stories and screw up the entire narrative structure? If you possess the writing skills, why not write one on your own?"

The incensed writer claims his original screenplay entitled "Udaan" contained no lines like the character Hemant (Jimmy Shergill) threatening to show his sister his "exploitation tool".

"I don't write lines like these," thundered Gada.

But Naseer is not biting the bitter bait.

"I have kept the story structure and character scheme (from Gada's script). But I have drastically altered his original screenplay because I felt the film needed it," Naseer told IANS.

"I solicited Gada's cooperation in the matter. But he wasn't agreeable. So I had to make the changes myself."

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