Saaransh turned 30 on May 25. (Also read: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra: My Film Mirza Sahibaan is Not a Boy-Girl Thing )
"I have handed over my award for Saaransh to Hansal because he makes films with the same passion with which I made films like Saaransh, Arth and Zakhm," said Bhatt at the special screening of Hansal's directorial CityLights.
"It is only because of that passion due to which a filmmaker can make a film fearlessly without getting affected by the market diktats. I expressed my feelings fearlessly in my films and that is why my films are remembered even today. I feel the kind of cinema Hansal is making today will be seen even after thirty years from now."
"It is a token of appreciation from my side. I salute his spirit," added Mahesh Bhatt. (Also read: Hansal Mehta urges people to watch Shahid )
Mahesh Bhatt is supporting CityLights. Set to release on May 30, the film stars Rajkummar Rao and newcomer Patralekha.