I want to chronicle our times for future generations: Hansal Mehta

NEW DELHI: If Hansal Mehta ever makes a film on food it will be his most “expensive and pretty”, but for the moment the director of “Shahid”, “Aligarh” and the recent web series “Scam 1992” says he wants to chronicle the times for future generations through his stories.
The director seems to have overcome the debacle of his last two releases, Kangana Ranaut-starrer “Simran” in 2017 and “Omerta”, the 2018 crime drama on terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, and is enjoying the opportunities thrown up by OTT platforms .
While “Scam 1992” chronicles the rise and fall of stockbroker Harshad Mehta and is getting rave reviews on Sony Liv, “Chhalaang”, a small town comedy drama, is Mehta’s ode to PT teachers and will be seen on Amazon Prime Video next week.
Asked whether this is his best creative phase as a director, Mehta said, “I can’t say the best but I am enjoying this phase, trying new things, attempting something fresh, particularly with ‘Scam 92′ and ‘Chhalaang’. It is something I have not attempted or made before. That was exciting.”
He has learnt to fight back and survive over the years, Mehta said. The 52-year-old also said he is determined to keep working “until the last day” of his life.
“There is no other option but to bounce back. Adversities come and go. I know no other way of living. I am a survivor and a fighter. That’s what I do. I survive, I fight back and I just pick up the pieces and get on with my life. I have learnt never to accept defeat. It is a decision that I have made that I will keep working until the last day of my life,” Mehta said in a Zoom interview.