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Hansal Mehta says working with Kangana Ranaut in Simran was a ‘massive mistake’

Bollywood’s one of the most famous filmmakers Hansal Mehta recently talked about his experience working with Kangana Ranaut in Simran. The actor and director worked together in the 2017 released film. Hansal talked about the actor that despite her being a “big star,” working with her was a “major mistake.”

Simran starring Kangana Ranaut in the lead was partially inspired by the true incident of bank robber Sandeep Kaur, who did so after losing money at the casino. In the past, Hansal has expressed a desire to disown the 2017 movie. In interviews, Simran’s author Apurva Asrani stated that once Hansal left the project, Kangana assumed the role of de facto director. In addition, she had referred to him as a “coward” and “spinless.”

When Hansal was questioned if Kangana took over Simran’s edit during a recent interview with Mashable India, Hansal responded, “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 did not take over the edit, to be fair to her, but there was nothing to take over in the edit. We only had the material that she had shot). She is a very talented actor, she is a very good actor, really really good actor who, I feel has limited herself by making films about herself. You need not make all the characters become what you want to believe you are.”

Hansal then discussed Kangana’s Dhaakad song She’s On Fire, saying, “Abhi kuch gaana aaya uska… (She had a song recently…) 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 and she is a very good actor, I maintain that and working with her, we didn’t gel. Working with her was a massive mistake.”

Hansal is renowned for producing the highly acclaimed online series Scam 1992 as well as films like Shahid and Citylights. He is now set for his upcoming project. Behind The Bars In Byculla: My Days in Prison, a book by Jigna Vora, is used as the basis for the Netflix web series Scoop.
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