Filmmaker Hansal Mehta on Saturday admitted his 2017 release Simran, starring Kangana Ranaut, was a mistake. He also compared the error in judgement to supporting Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal in the past.
For those who do not know, the 2017 film is about a divorcee named Praful Patel who loses her savings in a gambling bout. She then takes a loan to set things straight, and when she is unable to repay it, she finds herself drawn into a life of crime.
“I supported him (Anna) in good faith. Like I later supported Arvind. I don’t regret it. All of us make mistakes. I made Simran,” he tweeted on Saturday.
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Replying to his tweet, one of his followers wrote, “Again you mentioned Simran (Face with tears of joy emojis) Uncle ji life m aur koi movie nhi banai kya kabhi. Saara limelight Simran se hi lena h. Kumb ke mela main koyi hui Hansal ki Simran mil jao ise otherwise he’ll gone mad (Face with tears of joy emojis)” Another one wrote, “Sir aapne galti sweekar ki, bhagwan aapko jaroor maaf kar denge. Par galti bahut badi this (Winking face with tongue emoji)”
The film, said to be based on a true story, faced controversy when screenwriter Apurva Asrani alleged that Kangana, who has been credited as additional dialogue and story writer of the project, tried to discredit him by claiming she had developed the story with Mehta from a one-line script. Simran was a big flop at the box office.
Mehta’s last release was the sports drama Chhalaang, featuring Rajkumar Rao, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Nushrratt Bharuccha and Jatin Sarna. The film dropped on OTT last year on Diwali.