The writers of Badhaai Ho, Shantanu Srivastava and Akshat Gildial have withdrawn their names from the nominations of Best Original Screenplay at Filmfare Awards 2019. Releasing an official statement to reveal the reason behind their decision, the writer dup took to social media. The decision has been made citing the inclusion of the name of Jyoti Kapoor on the list, who, according to them, hasn’t written the story of the film alongside them.

The statement mentions that the duo doesn’t want to share their award (if they win) with someone who hasn’t worked on Badhaai Ho, one of the most successful films of 2018. The statement posted by Shantanu says , “Akshat and I have decided to withdraw our names from Filmfare Best Original Story nomination, irrespective of Jyoti Kapoor’s name being reinstated or not, as we believe that it is better to lose a possible award than to share it with someone who has not written the story of Badhaai Ho. We wish all the nominees the best of luck and hope that self-respect stays in currency forever.” (sic)

In his latest interview with Pinkvilla, Badhaai Ho director Amit Sharma has revealed that it’s sad to see his writers backing out from their nominations at such a prestigious award show. Supporting Akshat and Shantanu, he said that Jyoti has nothing to do with the story of his film and it’s only the two writers who put their heart and soul into making this heart whelming film. He said, “What I am going to say is black and white, there is no grey. Badhaai Ho came out in October 2018, was written by Akshat and Shantanu, Ms. Jyoti Kapor had nothing to do with the story or the script that transcribed to the motion picture that was loved by the audiences.”

He went on to say that it’s disappointing to see no one asked him for any clarification while putting Jyoti’s name in the writer’s credit while nominating the film at Filmfare. Amit said, “What’s appalling is that nobody has approached me asking for clarifications on the same. A director would be aware who wrote the film he is directing. I haven’t met Ms. Jyoti till date nor have I ever read the script of Hum do Humare Char which she claims has a resemblance to Badhaai Ho.”

The director added that if there’s any proof of Jyoti writing Badhaai Ho for him, she shall make it official for everyone to see. Amit said, “I have known Akshat and Shantanu since their forming years, they have been true to the art and diligent with their work but never have they been cheats. Filmfare is one of the biggest platforms that gives recognition to artists from the Indian Film Industry and makes them a household name. If Ms. Jyoti has truly contributed to the script of Badhaai ho, I request her to come out in the open with her script, and end this confusion once and for all.”