15 Best Hansal Mehta Movies and TV Shows and Where to Watch Them

Hansal Mehta didn’t break out early in his career but since the 2010s, he has emerged as one of Bollywood’s most prolific directors and TV showrunners. If you’re a fan of Hansal Mehta’s movies and OTT shows, here’s a ranking of his best works along with a guide on where to stream them.

Where can you watch Hansal Mehta’s movies and TV shows?

Most of Hansal Mehta’s movies are available to watch on leading streaming platforms like Netflix and Prime Video. His TV shows are exclusive to particular OTT services. So, while you can stream Scoop on Netflix, the two seasons of Scam are available to watch on the Sony LIV app.

The Films of Hansal Mehta

Hansal Mehta has carved a niche for himself through his thought-provoking narratives, realistic storytelling, and nuanced character portrayals. Mehta began his career in the entertainment industry as a television director before transitioning to feature films. His journey as a director is marked by a diverse filmography that explores a wide range of themes and subjects with depth and sensitivity.

Mehta made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed film Jayate in 1997, which garnered attention for its bold portrayal of corruption and social issues. However, it was his 2002 film Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! that brought him widespread recognition. The film, set against the backdrop of Mumbai's underbelly, received praise for its gritty realism and memorable performances.

Mehta's breakthrough came with the 2013 biographical drama Shahid, based on the life of human rights lawyer Shahid Azmi. The film received widespread acclaim for its compelling storytelling, sensitive portrayal of its protagonist, and Mehta's deft direction. Shahid not only earned Mehta the National Film Award for Best Direction but also marked a turning point in his career, establishing him as a filmmaker of substance.

Following the success of Shahid, Mehta continued to explore socially relevant themes in films like City Lights (2014), a poignant drama about a migrant family struggling to make ends meet in Mumbai, and Aligarh (2016), a sensitive portrayal of a gay professor's fight for dignity and acceptance in a conservative society. Both films received critical acclaim and further solidified Mehta's reputation as a director unafraid to tackle taboo subjects with sensitivity and empathy.

In recent years, Mehta has continued to push the boundaries of storytelling with films like Omerta (2018), a biographical crime drama based on the life of terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh, and Chhalaang (2020), a sports comedy-drama set against the backdrop of small-town India. While Omerta showcased Mehta's ability to delve into dark and complex narratives, Chhalaang demonstrated his versatility in handling light-hearted and entertaining subjects.

The TV Shows of Hansal Mehta

Masterminding the sleeper hit Scam 1992, Mehta made his presence felt in the Indian streaming space. With its breakout star Pratik Gandhi playing real-life scamster Harshad Mehta, the series spawned a spiritual sequel with Scam 2003: The Telgi Story. Mehta also helmed a Netflix original, yet again dramatising real-life events. In Scoop, Mehta explored the unjust arrest of an investigative journalist after the criminal underworld organised a hit on her fellow reporter. Scoop went on to trend for weeks and became one of Netflix India’s most popular titles of 2023.

Why is Aligarh Hansal Mehta’s best movie to watch?

Aligarh is one of the boldest portrayals of sexuality and homophobia in contemporary Bollywood, thanks to Mehta’s empathetic direction that leaves no space for any forced preachiness or fetishisation. With Manoj Bajpayee offering a career-defining performance as a professor facing injustice for his identity, Aligarh is a movie that continues to be relevant even after a decade since its release. The movie perfectly sums up Mehta’s commitment to use his craft to undo the wrongs of a conservative society.

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  1. Aligarh

    Aligarh

    2016

    IMDB 7.8 (7k)

    #1

    Set in the city of Uttar Pradesh and based on true events, the plot revolves around Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras who taught Marathi at Aligarh Muslim University. He was sacked from his position of Reader and Chair of Modern Indian Languages, on charges of homosexuality. A sting operation was conducted by a TV channel which showed him in an embrace with a rickshaw puller, at his house inside the campus.

  2. Shahid

    Shahid

    2013

    IMDB 8.2 (17k)

    #2

    A story based on real-life human-rights and criminal lawyer, Shahid Azmi, who was slain while defending the wrongly accused by the law in terrorist activities.

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  3. CityLights

    CityLights

    2014

    IMDB 7.3 (5k)

    #3

    Deepak Singh was an ex army person and owned a small garment shop in a Rajasthani village. When his life struck by a tragedy, he migrates to Mumbai, with his wife and young child, hoping for a better life. However, upon arriving, he soon discovers the challenges of life in a big city.

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  4. Scoop

    Scoop

    2023

    IMDB 7.6 (5k)

    #4

    A journalist's life takes a 180 because of the very system that made her who she is. Will she fight or will she concede?

  5. Scam 1992

    Scam 1992

    2020

    IMDB 9.3 (150k)

    #5

    Set in 1980s and '90s Bombay, it follows the life of Harshad Mehta, a stockbroker who took the stock market to dizzying heights and his catastrophic downfall.

  6. Omerta

    Omerta

    2018

    IMDB 7.1 (3k)

    #6

    A dramatization of the complex and dangerous life of Omar Sheikh. A convicted terrorist who many believe had financial connections to 9/11, Sheikh is widely known as the man responsible forthe 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

  7. Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!!

    #7

    Born in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, Ram Saran Pandey, relocates to Bombay, Maharashtra, to improve his lifestyle, leaving behind his mom and dad, Sudama, with a promise to call them to Bombay when he is well settled. Ram gets employed as a garage mechanic, and this is where he meets with a customer named Kamya Lal, a Journalist, who is impressed by his honesty. She decides to write a number of articles on him, making him immensely popular. She allows him to visit her at all times in her palatial bungalow, giving Ram the impression that she is attracted to him. Then one night, a drunken Ram decides to ask Kamya for her hand in marriage - and this is the night that Ram will be thrust into a world that he has never known before - changing, if not risking his life, forever.

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  8. Faraaz

    Faraaz

    2023

    IMDB 5.0 (1k)

    #8

    A terrifying hostage crisis unfolds over one fateful night in 2016 when heavily armed militants attack a popular cafe in Dhaka.

  9. The Buckingham Murders

    #9

    Fresh wounds are reopened when Jasmeet Bhamra, a cop and a single mother who recently lost her child in a shooting spree, transfers to High Wycombe and is assigned a case of a missing child.

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  10. Scam 2003: The Telgi Story

    #10

    It will follow the life of Telgi, born in Khanapur in the state of Karnataka, as he became the mastermind behind one of India’s most ingenious scams, which spread across 18 states and shook the entire country

  11. Raakh

    Raakh

    2010

    IMDB 3.7

    #11

    After losing his love to the son of a gangster, a loyal gang-member must try and protect his family.

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  12. Dus Kahaniyaan

    Dus Kahaniyaan

    2007

    IMDB 5.7 (1k)

    #12

    An anthology of ten short films dealing with diverse subjects such as infidelity, companionship, lust and a spectrum of human emotions.

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  13. Chhalaang

    Chhalaang

    2020

    IMDB 6.7 (19k)

    #13

    Chhalaang humorously addresses the value of Sports Education in the school curriculum. It follows a hilarious, yet an inspirational journey of a typical PT Master from a semi government-funded school in Northern India, Montu, for whom it’s just a job and is forced to do what he has never done - Teach.

  14. Woodstock Villa

    #14

    Sameer thinks he's found the solution to all his problems when he's hired by a beautiful woman to kidnap her in an elaborate ruse to test her husband's love. But when the woman turns up dead, Sameer finds himself at the center of a dangerous web of lies, deception and murder.

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  15. Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai

    #15

    Four friends fall in love, providing a catalyst as they enter into manhood and discover the beautiful wiles that women possess -- their soul and their power to love and nurture. Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai is a film where everything that occurs is completely unexpected, and just when you think you have things figured out … that's when you should think again!

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