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Hansal Mehta makes dig at 'mental challenge' in Hindi films

Simran director puts out tweet playing down Hindi cinema's portrayal of 'mentally challenged characters with realism'.

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The release of the Salman Khan-starrer Tubelight might have got the star's fans going, but filmmaker Hansal Mehta remains unimpressed. The director of the forthcoming Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran tweeted a sly comment that could be read as a dig at Khan's character in the film.

Mehta wrote: 'More Mentally challenged characters portrayed with realism in Hindi films? Cant recollect many. @priyankachopra in #Barfi is one I remember. You?'

While the director never mentions Kabir Khan's film, the timing of the tweet on the day of the release of Tubelight looks too close for a mere coincidence. Salman Khan plays Laxman Singh Bisht, who earns the nickname 'Tubelight' because he is slow in understanding.

The tweet caught the eye of several fans who suggested other performances like Sridevi's in Sadma (1983) and Kalki Koechlin's in Margarita With A Straw (2015) for addition to the list. However, none of the current big stars made the list. Fans forgot to mention Shah Rukh Khan in My Name Is Khan (2008) or Hrithik Roshan's performance in Koi... Mil Gaya (2003).

Despite the high expectations from Kabir Khan's film, it has received fairly lukewarm reviews. Director Mehta may well have hit the nail on the head.