Hansal Mehta names Kangana Ranaut ‘greatest woman actor today’, she says ‘pyaar toh karte ho magar chupate kyun ho’


Actor Kangana Ranaut is one of the most accomplished stars that the Indian film industry has to offer and there aren’t many who dispute this claim. Kangana recently won her fourth National Film Award for Manikarnika and Panga. Director Hansal Mehta, who has previously worked with Kangana on Simran in 2017, recently posted the actor’s photo on being asked, “Who’s the greatest woman actor working in Indian cinema today, according to you? No explanations or qualifications needed. No limits on language or genre. One name.”

It looks like even though the duo has not worked together in quite some time, Hansal continues to be in awe of Kangana’s talent.

Hmmm mujhe pata tha payaar toh karte ho … magar pata nahi chupate kyun ho 🙂 https://t.co/ylVKPKGZlm — Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) April 1, 2021

Kangana replied to Hansal’s tweet and wrote, “Hmmm mujhe pata tha payaar toh karte ho … magar pata nahi chupate kyun ho (I know you love me… but I don’t know why you hide it).”

Earlier, Mehta had praised the trailer of Kangana starrer Thalaivi. He shared on Twitter, “Impressive. Looks like another out and out Kangana show. Many congratulations and wishes for your labour of love @ShaaileshRSingh @KanganaTeam #HiteshThakkar #VishnuInduri #Vijay and the entire Thalaivi team.”

Hansal Mehta is still basking in the success of his 2020 web series Scam 1992. His last directorial Chhalaang released during the pandemic on Amazon Prime Video.

Akshay Kumar’s Ram Setu look inspires Hansal Mehta to crack a joke: ‘Gamcha Koi tere naam kar diya’


Bollywood star Akshay Kumar shared his first look from the sets of Ram Setu as he started shooting for the film on Tuesday. While most fans appreciated Akshay’s look for the movie, filmmaker Hansal Mehta cracked a joke.

In the image that Akshay shared, Akshay is seen wearing spectacles and is dressed in a grey-coloured kurta. He has hints of grey in his hair and a blue stole is draped around his neck. Hansal retweeted Akshay’s post about the look and cracked a joke, labelling the stole as ‘gamcha’. He wrote, “Gamcha koi tere naam kar diya…”

Gamcha koi tere naam kar diya… https://t.co/HdvzGwmQqP — Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) March 30, 2021

He also wished the team all the best and wrote, “And all the best particularly to dear @Nushrratt.” Nushratt recently worked with Hansal for their film, Chalaang that also featured Rajkummar Rao and Zeeshan Ayyub in lead roles.

Akshay had shared the look and written, “The journey of making one of the most special films for me begins today. #RamSetu shooting begins! Playing an archaeologist in the film. Would love to hear your thoughts on the look? It always matters to me @Asli_Jacqueline @Nushrratt @Abundantia_Ent @LycaProductions.” One fan commented on his Instagram post, “Whattttta Look Man @akshaykumar #RamSetu.”

Amazing, Unique, New Look Of @akshaykumar Sir 😍

Another Day Another Film Shooting BEGINS #RamSetu 😍

This Man Is Unstoppable 🤩🤩 pic.twitter.com/gxyDDJIQwc — Atul Singh Shanu 🍾 (@Mafiya_Singh_) March 30, 2021

Nushratt also posted a picture from the sets on Tuesday, as she discussed a scene with Akshay and Jacqueline Fernandez. “Super duper excited to begin filming for #RamSetu with @akshaykumar sir, @Asli_Jacqueline and the entire team. Need your best wishes,” she captioned it.

Ram Setu is directed by Abhishek Sharma, of Tere Bin Laden fame. He had recently told Hindustan Times, “Akshay sir plays an archaeologist and his look and character is inspired by several Indian and international professional archaeologists who work in the field. In terms of both look and character, Akshay sir’s fans are in for a totally new avatar of his.”

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Akshay has some major releases lined up. These include Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi, Bell Bottom, Dr Chandrapraksh Dwivedi’s Prithviraj, Bachchan Pandey and Atrangi Re.


Hansal Mehta responds to Kangana Ranaut’s tweet about him: ‘Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn’


Filmmaker Hansal Mehta has responded to actor Kangana Ranaut, who mentioned him and his contemporaries – filmmakers Anubhav Sinha and Sudhir Mishra – in a tweet on Sunday. Kangana and Hansal worked together on Simran, and reportedly feuded on set.

On Sunday, Kangana shared a picture of the three filmmakers' January meeting with politician Sharad Pawar. She asked why no eyebrows were raised at the meeting, while she’s frequently questioned about her political allegiances.

Hansal, responding to a person’s tweet noting that Kangana had forgotten to tag the people she ‘was taking potshots at’, wrote, “Reminded of the line from Gone With The Wind? Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Reminded of the line from Gone With The Wind?

Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. — Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) March 21, 2021

While Sudhir didn’t respond directly, he tweeted in Hindi on Monday, “Kissi unpadh pe has ke aap padhe likhe nahi ho jaate. Agar aapne kismat se jo padh likh liya, usse samjha hota, toh kya hum iss haal mein hote? Toh chup kar. (Laughing at an uneducated person doesn’t make you educated. Imagine this, if you’d actually understood what you’d studied, would we be in the situation that we are today? So shut up).”

Kangana and Hansal had differences on the sets of Simran. While he initially didn’t speak about it, in recent months he has been vocal about what transpired between them.

Calling working on the film a “painful memory”, Hansal told Huffington Post, “I sometimes wish I never made it. There was no need. It was an unnecessary aberration in my career. It makes me sad, it could’ve been a much better film. It had the potential to be a great film. It used to sadden me but now it’s…It was a painful time. Every day. Beyond that, it’s difficult to speak about it. I don’t even revisit it. There was a time after the film released, I went through a very low phase mentally. Took therapy. The film affected my mental health. I went into a shell, I did not want to meet people. I was in a period of very low self-esteem.”

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In a tweet earlier this year, he called Simran ‘a mistake’. Kangana responded to the tweet and wrote, “That’s true Hansal sir, even you will agree with that, I stood by you and now you saying this, feel like singing ‘achcha sila diya tune mere payaar ka (look how you have repaid me for my love)'.” Hansal wrote back, “Firstly, the tweet wasn’t about you. Secondly, there are things that happened after the film that left me more than hurt. It made me sorely regret making the film. All said and done you remain a fine, fine actor. And you have my respect for that. And for your kindness.”