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Keep political compulsions out of cinema: Hansal Mehta
By Subhash K. Jha, Mumbai, July 9 : "Shahid" was replaced by Marathi feature film "Astu" as the opener at the 61st National Film Festival 2014. Director Hansal Mehta, who smells conspiracy, says that films made with passion should not become "pawns in an unseemly, petty game".
Patralekha dedicates 'Citylights' success to Bhatt, Mehta
Mumbai, June 12 : Actress Patralekha dedicates the success of her debut film "Citylights" to the film's director Hansal Mehta as well as filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.
'Saaransh' remake on Hansal Mehta's wish list
Mumbai, June 6 : They have formed a mutual admiration society. If Mahesh Bhatt is in awe of Hansal Mehta's work, the latter is so fascinated by Bhatt that he wishes to remake his "Saaransh".
'Citylights' collects Rs. 3.57 crore in opening weekend
Mumbai, June 2 : Hansal Mehta's "Citylights" opened well at the box office, garnering strong business during its first weekend with Rs3.57 crore.
'Citylights': An ode to the city's invisible populace (Hindi Film ...
By Subhash K. Jha, Film: "Citylights"; Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Pratilekha, Manav Kaul; Directed by Hansal Mehta; Rating: ****
Newcomer Patralekha eyeing Hollywood
New Delhi, May 28 : Patralekha is soon to make her Bollywood debut with Hansal Mehta's "Citylights", but she is already aiming for Hollywood.
Vidya Balan my inspiration: Patralekha
Mumbai, May 27 : Patralekha, who is being appreciated for her performance in soon to be released Hansal Mehta's "Citylights", sees actress Vidya Balan as her inspiration.
Mahesh Bhatt sees a fearless filmmaker in Hansal Mehta
Mumbai, May 26 : Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt's masterpiece "Saaransh" completed 30 years and on the occasion he handed over the Filmfare Award, that he won for his 1984 film, to National Award winning director Hansal Mehta in appreciation of his "fearless" filmmaking spirit.
Why was Patralekha under pressure in 'Citylights'?
Mumbai, May 20 : Debutant Patralekha says working in "Citylights" was a challenge for her because she had to match up to the standards set by the award winning team of director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao.
Didn't get 'Citylights' because of Rajkummar, says Patralekha
Mumbai, May 18 : Debutant actress Patralekha says director Hansal Mehta and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt didn't cast her in "Citylights" because of her relationship with actor Rajkummar Rao.
I'm disappointed: Hansal Mehta on BJP's victory
Mumbai, May 16 : Filmmaker Hansal Mehta, who was among those from Bollywood who signed 'An Appeal to Voters' urging them "vote for the secular party", Friday said he is "disappointed" with the victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the ...
'Citylights' will connect people to their feelings: Mahesh Bhatt
Mumbai, May 15 : Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who is backing director Hansal Mehta's upcoming film "Citylights", says people should watch the film as it will connect them to their own emotions.
'Citylights' not lesser than 'Aashiqui': Mahesh Bhatt
Mumbai, May 15 : Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who had directed the cult romantic musical drama "Aashiqui" in 1990 and then produced its super hit sequel "Aashiqui 2" last year, says Hansal Mehta's "Citylights" is not only at par with his movies, but "far more relevant to today's India".
'Citylights' not a festival film: Mahesh Bhatt
Mumbai, May 5 : Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who is backing "Citylights", a remake of "Metro Manila", says Hansal Mehta's directorial venture should not be described as festival movie because it has all the elements of a commercial cinema.
Hansal Mehta unveils 26-minute footage of 'Citylights'
Mumbai, May 5 : National Award winning director Hansal Mehta has readied his next film titled "Citylights" and he unveiled a 26-minute footage of the movie at an event here attended by Mahesh Bhatt, who is backing the film, and the cast.
RGV's associates want him back in action
By Subhash K. Jha, Mumbai, May 5 : At Hansal Mehta's birthday bash last week, many of Ram Gopal Varma's associates met and discussed that RGV as he is popularly called is the "fountainhead for all his new-age filmmakers" and that he needs to get back in form.
Girl sells Article 377 story to Hansal Mehta on internet
By Subhash K. Jha, Mumbai, April 30 : National award winning "Shahid" director Hansal Mehta, who describes himself as a subversive filmmaker, is all set to make a film on a gay character's journey from self-denial to social ostracism. Interestingly, the story came to him through the internet.
Hansal Mehta finds story for new film via internet
By Subhash K. Jha, Mumbai, April 30 : Director Hansal Mehta, whose latest film "Shahid" has won the National Award, is now set to make a film on a gay character's journey from self-denial to social ostracism.
Vote against communal, divisive forces: Hansal Mehta
By Subhash K. Jha, Mumbai, April 24 : Filmmaker Hansal Mehta has never been afraid to call a spade a spade...or a goon a goon. Fiercely opposed to fundamentalist forces, he recently signed a petition pleading voters to desist from voting for Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate ...
For Hansal Mehta, National Award recognition of hard work
New Delhi, April 16 : Hansal Mehta, who was named the best director for "Shahid" in the 61st National Film Awards announced here Wednesday, says it is an acknowledgment of the hard work and honesty that he has put in to make the biopic.
National Award: 'Ship Of Theseus' named best feature film
New Delhi, April 16 : Anand Gandhi's "Ship Of Theseus" has been adjudged as the best feature film for the 61st National Film Awards, while Hansal Mehta has been named for best direction for the movie "Shahid". The winners were announced here Wednesday.
'City Lights' helped Hansal Mehta stay focused
Mumbai, Feb 6 : Director Hansal Mehta, who recently criticised Central Board of Film Certification's certification policy, says his new film "City Lights" has helped him to be a positive person.
Upset with censor board, Hansal Mehta files RTI queries
Mumbai, Jan 21 : Hansal Mehta is upset with the Central Board of Film Certification's (CBFC) criterion for awarding certificates to movies and has filed an RTI application, asking why "Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-leela" was given U/A certificate and his "Shahid" an A.