Mumbai: Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who had directed the cult romantic musical drama 'Aashiqui' in 1990 and then produced its super hit sequel 'Aashiqui 2' last year, says Hansal Mehta's 'City Lights' is not only at par with his movies, but "far more relevant to today's India".
Bhatt is presenting 'City Lights' in association with Fox Star Studios. The film traces the love story of a Rajasthani couple who come to Mumbai to earn a living but is soon struck by misfortune.
"'City Lights' is an emotional love story which is in no way lesser than 'Aashiqui'," Bhatt said here Wednesday during the promotion of the film.
"It is a love story of a rural Indian and it has a heart, which is far more poignant and far more relevant to today's India," he added.
Bhatt also added that people should watch the film as it will connect them to their own emotions.
An official adaptation of British movie 'Metro Manila', the film is about a Rajasthani couple who comes to the city of dreams, Mumbai, to earn a living, but are soon struck by misfortune.
"'City Lights' is for those people who know a lot, but don't feel at all. It's time for them to feel and this film will make those people, who know so much, feel because feeling is the life blood of human race, which is disappearing," Bhatt said here Wednesday while promoting the film at a radio station.
"The feeling that you should have for your fellow human being is disappearing," he added.
He further rued how people are much more concerned about their own growth and progress and don't feel for others.
"Having buildings, growth models, having great progress, flyovers and no human being is feeling for human being is a nightmare scenario,' the 64-year-old said.
"So here is the film 'City Lights' for those people to feel. So go and see 'City Lights' as it connects you to your greatest legacy, that is your treasures of feeling," he added.
Featuring National Award winning actor Rajkummar Rao in the lead, 'City Lights' will hit the theatres May 30.