Hansal Mehta

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Hansal Mehta
Born Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Film director, producer, writer, and actor
Years active 1993–present

Hansal Mehta is an Indian film director, writer, actor and producer. Mehta started his career in television with his show Khana Khazana (1993–2000) and later moved on to movies like …Jayate (1999) and Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar (2000). He is best known for Shahid for which he won the 2013 National Film Award for Best Direction. He then went on to direct City Lights (2014) and Aligarh (2016).[1]


Mehta started his career in 1993, by directing with TV cookery show Khana Khazana, hosted by Sanjeev Kapoor on Zee TV, where he worked till 2000. Alongside, Mehta also directed several television series like Amrita (1994), Highway (1995), Yaadein (1995), Lakshya (1998) and many more.

He made his debut as a feature film director with ...Jayate in 1999, a part of the Indian Panorama 1999-2000 at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Hyderabad. This was later followed by Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! (2000) based on the issue of migrants in Mumbai. This film, though not a huge box-office success has achieved a cult status for its dark humor and also its twisted exploration of characters and betrayal. Later that year he came up with Chhal (2002) a slick gangster film that met with more praise than his previous films. By his own admission the films post-Chhal were disappointing and his career entered a phase where he flirted with themes that were more mainstream. He made his presence felt with his short film in Dus Kahaniyaan, (2007) starring some of the top actors of Bollywood. In 2008 after the release of Woodstock Villa he went on an extended sabbatical to explore life as a foodie, entrepreneur and to explore themes that mattered to him.[2]

Mehta truly came into the lime-light with his film Shahid (2013) starring Rajkummar Rao. The movie is a biographical film on the life of human rights lawyer Shahid Azmi, who was murdered in 2010.[2][3] The movie went on to winning the National Film Award for Best Direction.

After his success with Rajkummar Rao, Hansal Mehta teamed again with Rajkummar Rao to make the acclaimed City Lights (an official adaptation of the British Indie hit 'Metro Manila') for Fox Star Studios and Mahesh Bhatt. After his last two successful films, Mehta directed, Aligarh (2016) based on a Marathi professor and poet who was suspended by his university for being gay.


Title Release Dates
Khana Khazana 1993–2000
Amrita 1994
Highway 1995
Yaadein 1995
Kalakaar 1996
...Jayate 1999
Lakshya 1999
Dooriyan 1999
Kinara 1999
Ae Mote 1999
Is Saal 1999
Neeti 1999
Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! 2000
Chhal 2002
Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai? 2002
Family Business 2005
Anjaan 2005
Dus Kahaniyaan 2007
Woodstock Villa 2008
Raakh 2010
Shahid 2013
CityLights 2014
Aligarh 2015



  1. ^ "61st National Film Awards For 2013" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Film remembers Indian lawyer Shahid Azmi as symbol of hope". BBC. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "The 'unlikely' lawyer as an unlikely hero". Indian Express. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. A movie based on the lawyer and human rights activist.. 
  4. ^ "61st National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 

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