EXCLUSIVE: Hansal Mehta on not going ahead with Harshad Mehta story in 2005, 'No producer wanted to back it'

Director Hansal Mehta's new show Scoop, starring Karishma Tanna is garnering rave reviews. It is yet another feather in the cap for the director after Scam 1992.

Published on Jun 07, 2023   |  10:38 PM IST  |  296.5K
Hansal Mehta, Pratik Gandhi
Director Hansal Mehta reveals no one was ready to back Harshad Mehta story back in 2005 (Credit: Hansal Mehta and Pratik Gandhi Instagram)

Key Highlight

  • Scoop, directed by Hansal Mehta, is now streaming and can be binge-watched on Netflix.
  • Hansal Mehta reveals there were no takers for the Harshad Mehta story back in 2005.

Hansal Mehta is one of the most prolific filmmakers that India has ever seen. His body of work includes incredible movies like Shahid, Omerta and Aligarh. His show Scam 1992 became one of the most hyped Indian series of all time and his new show Scoop, starring Karishma Tanna in a titular role is also doing wonders on its streaming platform that is Netflix. It is the most preferred Indian show in India currently and that is an enviable feat. The director graced Pinkvilla with an interview of his where he talked about his new show, his approach towards the stories he gets, his love for the action genre and more.


Hansal Mehta Reveals That He Had No Producers To Back The Harshad Mehta Story Back In 2005

In an exclusive Pinkvilla interview with Himesh Mankad, Hansal Mehta was asked about how he decides whether a story is meant to be a movie or a series. The ace director replied saying, "It depends on the story, the characters and the world you are dealing with. For example, it is difficult to make a Harshad Mehta story as a film. Very difficult. I wanted to make the Harshad Mehta story as a film as far back as 2005. No producer was ready to back it at that time. When it came to me as a series, I realised that the material is so rich that it needs long form storytelling. So I think it depends on the story. I cannot make my film Shahid into a series unless I take Shahid's cases one after the other. Every story has its own format".

One can say that things that happen, happen for the best. The potential of the Harshad Mehta story was best harnessed in the series format and it wouldn't have been as impressive in the movie format. Same with Aligarh, Omerta and Shahid, which couldn't have been as good as what they eventually became, had they been developed as a series.

Hansal Mehta's Scoop Can Be Streamed Digitally. Where To Watch?

Hansal Mehta's much appreciated show Scoop, starring Karishma Tanna in a titular role, can be watched on Netflix. Karishma Tanna essays the role of journalist Jagruti in the show.

ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Director Hansal Mehta reveals why he chose Karishma Tanna to play the protagonist in Scoop

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