Apurva Asrani Image Credit: IANS

Indian National Award-winning film editor and writer Apurva Asrani has slammed filmmaker Hansal Mehta for “seeking mileage” from producer Kamal Jain’s illness.

Jain, producer of ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’, has been hospitalised for a throat and chest infection.

“Sad news. I completely empathise with him and the possible cause of his condition. Prayers,” Mehta posted.

“Precious — coming from someone who sent his closest collaborator to the gallows to gain the favour of the so called ‘cause’,” Asrani responded. “No apology, no empathy when your friend had a breakdown and was in the hospital? Please don’t seek mileage from the man’s illness now. Let him recover in peace.”

Asrani and Mehta have been at loggerheads since Asrani wrote a post on social media calling the filmmaker “spineless”.

Asrani was unhappy with actress Kangana Ranaut for claiming that she had co-written the script of 2017 film ‘Simran’, directed by Mehta. Asrani said he was not offended by the credits but felt “betrayed” by the actress.