Hina Khan has been a prominent face in television industry since her first show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai (2009). The actress who left the show to explore more opportunities in television and films, made her fans proud by walking down the red carpet of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2019. The television industry united to cheer for Hina. One of the few Indian television actresses who represented India on a global level, Hina, during an interview said that getting work is a tough task for those with small screen acting experience. She said television actors aren't even considered when an outfit for a big designer is to be worn. Recalling her Cannes appearance, the actress said she went through a struggle to walk to red carpet.
"It is difficult. Forget about work, television actors are not even considered when it comes to donning an outfit for a big designer. For me, things have changed because I went to Cannes (in 2019), and I am in touch with a lot of top designers. But usse pehle aisa nahin hota tha. Even to walk the red carpet there, I went through a struggle. Some feel TV actors utne professional nahin hote hain, but I don’t think they should be judged that way. If I had got big opportunities, even I would have done something magical by now, and would have been holding a Filmfare Award in my hand," Hina told.
Talking about the kind of content that is available on television, Hina told, "As a viewer, I don’t watch much TV, because honestly, the content does not interest me. Unfortunately, what we have on television is regressive, it’s not empowering. It’s sad when women are insulted and treated badly, and such shows are watched and also liked by people. We had some good content over 20 years ago, some good comedies and shows like Buniyaad, but those won’t work today. So, I don’t know where we are headed."
Hina has been finalised as the shape-shifting serpent in Naagin 5. Speaking of how producer Ekta Kapoor dropped the 'bomb' and convinced her to sign it, Hina said, "I was focussing more on films and digital shows, and it was all going well. I even had two releases (on OTT platforms) during the lockdown, while talks are on for other projects. But then, Ekta Kapoor came into my life and dropped the bomb! She is not someone who will ask you whether you want to play this role, she just tells you (laughs!). On a serious note, we share a great rapport and I am doing a web show for her, too. When she mentioned 'Naagin' to me, I told her that I didn’t want to do television, but she said that it’s just for one season, and I could do it for some time."
(Source: Times Of India)