Hansal is well known for his great work in movies like Shahid, Citylights and superhit web series Scam 1992. In one of his recent interviews with Mashable India, Hansal recalled making his film Simran which was released in 2017. Kangana Ranaut played the main lead role in that movie. And Hansal Mehta working with her was a massive mistake as they didn’t gel with each other.
Simran was loosely based on the real-life story of Sandeep Kaur, who robbed banks after losing money in gambling. Hansal had also talked about disowning the 2017 film. Simran’s writer Apurva Asrani had claimed in his interviews that Kangana had taken over as the director of the film after Hansal quit the project. She had even called him ‘spineless’ and ‘coward’ publicly.
On being asked about edits of the film, the director claimed, ‘Edit nahi takeover kia the usne,to be fair to her, but edit take over karne ke liye kuch than ahi kyunki material hi vahi tha jo usne shoot karwaya tha’. (She didn’t take over the edit, to be fair to her, but there was nothing to take over in the edit, we only shooted what the actress wanted us to shoot.)
He further added, ‘She is a very talented and good actor, a really really good actor who I feel has limited herself by making films just about herself, by making films which are just related to her. You need not make all the characters become what you want to believe you are.’
Hansal also spoke about her new song from the movie Dhaakad titled She’s on fire and said “Abhi kuch gaana aaya hai uska…..she is a woman on fire….you are basically talking about yourself. You know these are things you aspire for yourself, you put it there. It’s not even my place to criticise what choices she makes ….she’s a big star even today.”
On the work front, Hansal Mehta is ready to entertain his fans with a Netflix web series inspired by Jigna Vora’s book, Behind the Bars in Byculla; My Days in Prison. He will also be working with Kartik Aaryan in ‘Captain India’.