Filmmaker Hansal Mehta doesn’t mince words. The director is known for being blunt and direct in his interactions on social media. And Monday recorded one of those incidents. On Sunday, Hansal praised Brahmastra and talked about how he couldn’t get tickets to night shows. Seemingly angered by this, a Twitter user accused him of giving Kangana Ranaut a ‘failed movie’, after which Hansal Mehta mocked Kangana’s latest release, Dhaakad. Read too: Hansal Mehta Calls Working With Kangana Ranaut On Simran ‘Huge Mistake’
Hansal directed Kangana in Simran in 2017. He has since called working with her a ‘huge mistake’. On Monday, in response to his tweet about Brahmastra’s high ticket sales and long lines outside cinemas, a Twitter user wrote: “Shame. You gave Kangana movie flop.” Sharing this tweet, Hansal wrote: “Yes. I should not have done Dhaakad.”
Dhaakad, released earlier this year, was an ambitious spy thriller with Kangana Ranaut in the lead role. Directed by Razneesh Ghai, the film was set in a huge ₹Budget 85 crore but turned out to be one of the biggest failures of Kangana’s career. While the film’s full box office figures were never released, reports say the film didn’t even hit the mark. ₹10 crore mark. Simran, by comparison, had done ₹28 crore when it was released in 2017.
In an interview with Mashable India in June, Hansal talked about working with Kangana on Simran. “She didn’t take over editing, to be fair to her, but there was nothing to take over editing. We only had material that she had filmed. She’s a very talented actress, she’s a very good actress, really very good actress who, I feel, has limited herself to making films about herself. You don’t have to make every character become what you want to believe they are,” he said.
On Sunday, Hansal wrote about his experience of watching Brahmastra, Hansal tweeted, “I really enjoyed #Brahmastra. What I enjoyed even more was going to a movie theater for an almost 60-70% full morning show after not getting tickets to last night’s shows. And long lines for later shows at the same multiplex. Part 2 is going to be HUGE.” Brahmastra, directed by Ayan Mukerji and starring Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, had a massive debut, gathering over ₹200 crores worldwide in its first three days. It broke several box office records for Hindi films at home and abroad.