HANSAL MEHTA

  • Director Hansal Mehta may offer Shweta Prasad a role in his film September 6, 2014

    Mumbai: Actress Shweta Basu Prasad, who was recently caught in a prostitution racket, may land a role in a film directed by Hansal Mehta, who has urged the authorities to "expose" the "clients" of the National Award winning performer. "I intend to offer Shweta Prasad a role in my next film....
  • Patralekha dedicates 'Citylights' success to Mahesh Bhatt, Hansal Mehta June 12, 2014

    Mumbai: Actress Patralekha dedicates the success of her debut film 'Citylights' to the film's director Hansal Mehta as well as filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. "For me it's something very new that I have not experienced before. But, yes this success was not overnight, we struggled for the film," Patralekha told IANS. "It was...
  • Hansal Mehta wants to remake 'Saaransh' June 6, 2014

    Mumbai: 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". Mehta, who associated with Bhatt for "Citylights", said: "I love the kind of films Mahesh Bhatt has made and...
  • 'Citylights' review: Not a bad film by any measure, but it does feel repetitive and long May 30, 2014

    Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Patraleka and Manav Kaul Director: Hansal Mehta Deepak Singh, the character Rajkummar Rao plays in Hansal Mehta's 'Citylights' is one you recognize immediately. The smalltown povertystricken Indian, desperate to make a better life for his family. The hopeful migrant who shows up in the big city, determined to change...
  • 'Citylights' will bring back legacy of my cinema: Mahesh Bhatt May 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, coowner of Vishesh Films, says the film production company has given many hits like 'Raaz', 'Jism' and 'Murder', but their forthcoming film 'Citylights' will change its course. He said that he received a message from someone who appreciated the Hansal Mehta directorial and said that Vishesh...
  • Vidya Balan? I want to be like her: Patralekha May 27, 2014

    Mumbai: Patralekha, who is being appreciated for her performance in soon to be released Hansal Mehta's "Citylights", sees actress Vidya Balan as her inspiration. "I am very inspired by Vidya ma'am. I have been watching her, following her work ever since I watched her in 'Parineeta'," the newcomer said here Monday...
  • Mahesh Bhatt gives his Filmfare trophy to Hansal Mehta that he won for 'Saaransh' in 1984 May 26, 2014

    Mumbai: 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. 'Saaransh' turned 30 on Sunday. "I have handed over my award for...
  • Alia Bhatt broke down after watching Hansal Mehta's 'CityLights' May 23, 2014

    Mumbai: Actress Alia Bhatt was moved to tears after watching Hansal Mehta's 'CityLights' and could not stop praising lead actors Rajkummar Rao and Patralekha for their brilliant performance. 'CityLights' is a drama presented by Fox Star Studios in association with Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt. Recently, Alia hosted a special screening...
  • We understand each other a lot: Rajkummar Rao on his bond with Hansal Mehta May 19, 2014

    Mumbai: Actor Rajkummar Rao, who recently won the national award for 'Shahid', says he is getting loads of film offers now and is finding it tough to choose one among them. "I was getting lot of offers after 'Kai Po Che'. Earlier, I was getting 20 offers now I am...
  • Didn't get 'Citylights' because I am dating Rajkummar, says Patralekha May 18, 2014

    Mumbai: 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. "Do you think that Bhatt sahib and Hansal Mehta will cast me because I am in a relationship? Of course not. You can't take that credit...
  • I'm disappointed: Filmmaker Hansal Mehta on BJP's victory May 17, 2014

    Mumbai: 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 general election. However, he hopes...
  • Rajkummar Rao: I've been flooded with film offers after I won the National Award May 6, 2014

    Mumbai: Actor Rajkummar Rao has been receiving lot of film offers after bagging the national award. Recently, Rajkummar was named for the National Film Award for the best actor for 'Shahid'. Directed by Hansal Mehta, 'Shahid' is a biographical film on the life of lawyer and human rights activist Shahid...
  • Mahesh Bhatt: 'City Lights' is not a festival film May 5, 2014

    Mumbai: Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who is backing 'City Lights', 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. "'City Lights' is not a festival film. It's an Indian film, it has an Indian...
  • National Awardwinning director Hansal Mehta unveils 26minute footage of his latest film 'City Lights' May 5, 2014

    Mumbai: National Awardwinning director Hansal Mehta has readied his next film titled 'City Lights' and he unveiled a 26minute footage of the movie at an event here attended by Mahesh Bhatt, who is backing the film, and the cast. Fox Star Studio presents 'City Lights', an Indian adaptation of British film...
  • National Awardwinning actor Rajkummar Rao says 'City Lights' has been the most challenging film of his career May 3, 2014

    New Delhi: National Awardwinning actor Rajkummar Rao looked comfortable in the scorching Delhi heat on Friday, as he walked into the plush conference room at the Le Meridian on Raisina Road. Dressed in brown chinos, orange loafers and a sheer whiteandpaleblue blazer, Rao's smile was warm, and his walk brisk. In...
  • Rajkummar Rao starrer 'Citylights' song debuts on TV show 'Beintehaa' May 3, 2014

    Mumbai: Arijit Singh's new number 'Muskurane' from the forthcoming movie 'Citylights' made its debut on popular TV show 'Beintehaa'. The widespread impact of the medium persuaded film production banner Vishesh Films to take the TV route to launch the song. "This is a unique initiative wherein we will be releasing the first...
  • Arijit Singh's new song from the film 'City Lights' to debut on TV show May 2, 2014

    Mumbai: Arijit Singh's new number 'Muskurane' from the forthcoming movie 'Citylights' will make its debut on popular TV show 'Beintehaa'. The widespread impact of the medium has persuaded film production banner Vishesh Films to take the TV route to launch the song. "This is a unique initiative wherein we will be releasing...
  • 'City Lights' trailer: Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao team up once again May 2, 2014

    Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao's last outing together on the big screen got both of them National Awards. The 'Shahid' team are back again with a new film 'City Lights'. Produced by Vishesh Films, the film's trailer shows Rajkummar Rao and newcomer Patralekha playing a married couple who are forced...
  • Hansal Mehta finds story for new film via internet April 30, 2014

    Mumbai: 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 selfdenial to social ostracism. Interestingly, the story came to Mehta through internet. "It's a story that was mailed to me by a girl called Ishani Banerji....
  • Vote against communal, divisive forces: Hansal Mehta April 24, 2014

    Mumbai: 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 Narendra Modi. He said: "I am not asking voters to...
  • Rajkumar Rao: Playing Shahid Azmi was very difficult April 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Rajkumar Rao, who won the best actor National award for his role in Hansal Mehta's 'Shahid', says portraying the slain lawyer-activist's life was challenging but inspiring. The 29-year-old actor's performance as the titular character in the Hansal Mehta directed film saw him sharing the National award with Malayalam...
  • 61st National Film Awards: Has the jury selected the deserving films? April 17, 2014

    New Delhi: When the winners of 61st National Awards were announced on Wednesday evening, I was quite sure that there will be quite a few rants on my Twitter timeline for the jury had ignored some extremely deserving work last year. Knowing the nature of most armchair critics (we all...
  • Rajkummar Rao on winning the National Award: My heartbeat slowed down April 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Rajkummar Rao's phone hasn't stopped ringing ever since it was announced Wednesday evening that he has been named for the National Film Award for the best actor for 'Shahid'. He says "it's the most important day" of his life. "It feels great! It is the most important day of...
  • I'm overwhelmed and extremely happy: Hansal Mehta on winning National Award for 'Shahid' April 16, 2014

    New Delhi: 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. Rajkummar Rao, who plays the title role in the film,...
  • 61st National Awards: 'Ship of Theseus' wins best feature film, Best Actor for Rajkummar Rao, Best Director for Hansal Mehta for 'Shahid' April 16, 2014

    Director Anand Gandhi's powerful film about a photographer, a Jain monk and a young stock broker told through different segments won Best Feature Film at the 61st National Film Awards for 2013. 'Ship of Theseus', depicting issues of intuitive brilliance, metaphysical belief and intricate morality in a world full of...
  • Rajkummar Rao's 'CityLights' to be released on May 1 March 11, 2014

    Mumbai: 'CityLights', the official remake of award winning British-Filipino film 'Metro Manila', will release in the country May 1. Fox Star Studios and Vishesh Films, who have jointly given successful commercial films in the past, are yet again prepared to give a path-breaking movie experience with 'CityLights'. The film is directed by...
  • My character is equally important in 'Queen': Rajkummar Rao March 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Actor Rajkumar Rao, who is reteaming with director Hansal Mehta for 'City Lights' after 'Shahid', says the new film is his toughest role so far. 'City Lights' is an official adaptation of 'Metro Manila', Britain's entry to the Oscars this year. "'City Lights' is a very beautiful film....
  • Censor Board discriminated against 'Shahid': Hansal Mehta January 21, 2014

    Mumbai: Writerdirector Hansal Mehta has accused censor board of discrimination, saying his film 'Shahid' was rated 'A' while big films like 'Ramleela' and 'Madras Cafe' were given U/A certificate despite having kissing and violent scenes. Mehta, who made a return to filmmaking with the truelife inspired story after a gap of...
  • Rajkumar to team up with Hansal Mehta for 'City Lights'? November 4, 2013

    Mumbai: Rajkumar Yadav, who played the title role in Hansal Mehtadirected biopic 'Shahid', may team up with the filmmaker again for 'City Lights'. "The film may go on the floors by the first week of December. I don't know exactly who will be directing the film as Ajay Bahl is not...
  • Superstars do not guarantee success: Rajkumar Yadav October 26, 2013

    Mumbai: Raj Kumar Yadav, whose film 'Shahid' on human rights lawyer Shahid Azmi recently hit screens, feels that having a superstar on board for promoting or presenting a movie does not necessarily guarantee success. Much before the film released superstar Aamir Khan had seen the trailer of the film and...