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Streaming Guide: Hansal Mehta movies

This edition of Streaming Guide features Bollywood director Hansal Mehta who has movies like Omerta, Shahid, Aligarh, Simran and Citylights among more to his credit.

Written by Arushi Jain | New Delhi | Updated: July 25, 2020 7:34:16 pm
hansal mehta movies online Hansal Mehta has directed films like Shahid and Aligarh.

In our series Streaming Guide, we list the works of a filmmaker or actor which are available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, Eros Now and YouTube among more.

This edition features Bollywood filmmaker Hansal Mehta who has movies like Shahid, Aligarh, Simran and Citylights among more to his credit.

Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!!

Streaming on: YouTube

Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Tabu, Saurabh Shukla

manoj bajpayee hansal mehta movies Manoj Bajpayee in a still from Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!!

2000 film Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!!, written by Saurabh Shukla, is the story of a small-town man Ram Saran Pandey (Manoj Bajpayee) who moves to Bombay to earn a living, and promises his parents to bring them to the city once he is well-settled. He starts working at a garage and there he meets journalist Kamya (Tabu) who gets impressed with his life story. She publishes several articles on him and becomes friendly with him. This gives him the impression that she likes him. But one day, he comes to know about her love affair and his life changes forever.

Dus Kahaniyaan

Streaming on: YouTube

Cast: Jimmy Sheirgill, Masumeh Makhija

Dus Kahaniyaan is an anthology film featuring ten short stories by filmmakers like Hansal Mehta, Meghna Gulzar, Sanjay Gupta and Apoorva Lakhia. Mehta’s High on the Highway is the tale of two drugged-out lovers played by Jimmy Shergill and Masumeh Makhija who have a habit of taking a walk on the highway after getting high.

Shahid

Streaming on: YouTube, Eros Now, SonyLIV

Cast: Rajkummar Rao

rajkummar rao in shahid Rajkummar Rao played Shahid Azmi in Shahid.

Shahid, a biopic, is based on the real-life story of slain human rights lawyer Shahid Azmi. He fought cases for the poor and innocent who were jailed or arrested on the charges of being terrorists. In 2010, he was gunned down while defending Fahim Ansari, accused in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Even though Azmi was a hero for the innocents he saved, Mehta doesn’t portray him as a hero or a saint in the biopic. Shahid is a must-watch for its gripping narrative and effective performance.

CityLights

Streaming on: Amazon Prime

Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Patralekha, Manav Kaul, Sadiya Siddiqui

Hansal Mehta, who has time and again said he believes in telling real stories through cinema, presented cinephiles with CityLights in 2014. The film, starring Rajkummar Rao and Patralekha, deals with urban poverty. It is the story of a poor farmer and his family who come to Mumbai in search of livelihood but faces adverse conditions upon arrival in the city. The film is an official adaptation of British-Filipino movie Metro Manila, which was Britain’s entry to the Oscars.

Aligarh

Streaming on: YouTube

Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Ashish Vidyarthi, Sumit Gulati, Dilnaz Irani

aligarh Manoj Bajpayee in a still from Aligarh.

Aligarh is based on the real-life incident of Aligarh Muslim University professor Srinivas Ramchandra Siras who was suspended from his job because of his sexual orientation. In her review of the film, The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta wrote, “Like in his Shahid, Hansal Mehta and scriptwriter Apurva Asrani have come up with a lead character and a film which shines with authenticity and emotional heft, which leaves you thinking, and which says something we should all listen to, especially in these times when it has become more imperative than ever before: we can be different, but we are us.”

The Last Letter

Streaming on: YouTube

Cast: Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub

The official description of The Last Letter reads, “The Last Letter is a short presentation focusing on the difficulties that Rohith Vemula faced as a student or could be as a Dalit. He was an Indian PhD student at the University of Hyderabad who committed suicide on 17 January 2016.”

Simran

Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

Cast: Kangana Ranaut

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Hansal Mehta’s Simran, the story of a Gujarati divorcee played by Kangana Ranaut, is just average. It is overpowered by Kangana-ism as you will find a lot of Rani of Queen in Simran of Simran. Other than her performance, there is nothing to take home from the movie. You can skip this one.

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Bose: Dead/Alive

Streaming on: AltBalaji

Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Naveen Kasturia, Patralekha

ALTBalaji series tries to demystify the circumstances surrounding Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s death. It borrows its narrative from Indian author and former journalist Anuj Dhar’s book titled India’s Biggest Cover-up. The director-actor combination of Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao weaves magic yet again in the web series. If you like shows that have a cliffhanger ending, watch Bose: Dead/Alive.

Omerta

Streaming on: ZEE5

Cast: Rajkummar Rao

Omerta, starring Rajkummar Rao in the lead role, is based on the life of Omar Saeed Sheikh, a terrorist of Pakistani descent, responsible for the 1994 kidnapping of four foreign tourists in Delhi and the 2002 kidnapping and murder of journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan among others.

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