At a special industry screening for the much-awaited Rajkummar Rao & Patralekha starrer Citylights on Sunday,
Mahesh Bhatt declared that a modern day film-maker who can carry
forward the baton of independent cinema is none other than Hansal Mehta.
The National-award winning director was moved when Mahesh Bhatt, who
has made cult classics like Arth, Saaransh, Zakhm among many others and
regarded as one of the finest film-makers to have come out of the
country, compared Hansal to him and his work to the kind of films Bhatt
had made. The
film-maker also parted with his Saaransh award, a symbolic gesture to
Hansal asking him to carry forward the efforts of breakout cinema.
Vishesh Bhatt, Sakshi Bhatt, Rajkummar & Patralekha witnessed this special moment. Also
present were Vidya Balan, Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Anubhav Sinha, Amole
Gupte among others. Produced by Vishesh Films and Presented by Fox Star
Studios, Citylights releases on May 30.