"It is completely untrue about us cutting her role. It is a bound script. The scenes were exactly the same before starting the film and I had narrated Richa the same. So, no scene of hers was cut off from the film," Mr Kumar said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Richa tweeted a clarification:
Thank you for all the amazing reviews,but it really is teamwork and I have a great working equation with everyone on the film.Everyone's (2)— RichaChadha (@RichaChadha_) May 24, 2016
roles were edited a bit but it was all in the interest of the film.Let's not get nasty,it&39;s our labour of love.(3)— RichaChadha (@RichaChadha_) May 24, 2016
In a recent interview, Richa was quoted as saying: "Some of my best scenes had to go. The one scene that I still have towards the end where I am shown bonding with Aishwarya's character has no context since all my scenes showing my kinship with her are gone."
Sarbjit is based on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian villager who was convicted for spying and terrorism and languished in a Pakistani jail for several years while his sister Dalbir Kaur, tried vigorously to secure his release. He was attacked by inmates at a prison in Lahore in April 2013 and died a few days later.
Actor Randeep Hooda plays the titular role in the film while actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan played his sister Dalbir Kaur and Richa plays Sarabjit Singh's wife Sukhpreet.
Sarbjit released on May 20.