Hansal Mehta is an Indian film director, writer, actor and producer. Mehta started his career in television with his show Khana Khazana (1993–2000) and later moved on to movies like …Jayate (1999), Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar (2000) and Chhal (2002) .
He is best known for Shahid for which he won the 2013 National Film Award for Best Direction. He then went on to direct City Lights (2014), Aligarh (2016) and Simran (2017).
He made his debut as a feature film director with …Jayate, a part of the Indian Panorama 1999-2000 at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Hyderabad. This was later followed by Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! (2000) a bittersweet migrant tale set in Mumbai.
Mehta truly came into the lime-light with his film Shahid (2013) starring Rajkummar Rao. He was honoured with the 61st National Film Award for Best Direction while Rajkummar Rao won the 61st National Film Award for Best Actor for Shahid.
After their success together, Hansal Mehta teamed again with Rajkummar Rao to make the acclaimed City Lights (an official adaptation of the British Indie hit ‘Metro Manila’) for Fox Star Studios and Mahesh Bhatt. After Citylights, Mehta directed, Aligarh (2016).