Hansal Mehta talks about his experience working with Kangana Ranaut. The two worked together in the 2017 film Simran.
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta spoke about Kangana Ranaut and his experience working with the actor in a new interview. Hansal teamed up with Kangana for the 2017 film Simran Speaking of the actor, Hansal said that although she is a “big star”, working with her was his “big mistake”. Also read: Kangana Ranaut responds to Hansal Mehta who is Simran. denies
Kangana Ranaut’s Simran was loosely based on the true story of Sandeep Kaur, who robbed banks after losing money gambling. Hansal had previously talked about denying the 2017 film. Simran’s writer Apurva Asrani had claimed in interviews that Kangana had become the film’s de facto director after Hansal left the project. She had even called him “spine” and “coward.”
During a recent interview with Mashable India, when Hansal was asked if Kangana took over Simran’s editing, Hansal replied: “Edit nahi takeover kia the usne, to be fair to her, but edit take over karne ke liye kuch tha nahi kyunki material hi vahi tha jo usne shoot karvaya tha (She didn’t take over the editing, to be honest, but there was nothing to take over the editing. We only had the material she shot). She’s a very talented actor, she is a very good actor, really very good actor who, in my opinion, has limited himself by making movies about himself. You don’t have to let all the characters become what you want to believe you are.”
Hansal then spoke about Kangana’s song from Dhaakad entitled She’s On Fire and said: “Abhi kuch doena aaya uska… (She had a song recently…) she’s a woman on fire… you’re actually talking about yourself. You know these are things you pursue for yourself, you put it there. It’s not even up to me to criticize the choices she makes. She’s a big star, even today, and she’s a very good actor, I continue to say that and working with her, we haven’t had any bullshit. Working with her was a huge mistake.”
Hansal is known for his films like Shahid and Citylights, as well as the critically acclaimed web series Scam 1992. His next project Scoop, a Netflix web series, is inspired by Jigna Vora’s book, Behind The Bars In Byculla: My Days in Prison.
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