Hina Khan is one of the most sought-after actress in today's time. From making her mark on Indian television to showcasing her acting prowess on OTT platforms, the Kashmiri girl has surely come a long way. It's been 11 years since she first face the camera. But foraying into showbiz wasn't easy for Hina who comes from an orthodox Kashmiri family.
Moving from Srinagar to Mumbai at the age 20, being the first actor in her family to dating someone out of the community and giving up easy money at her peak, Hina Khan is proud to have carved her own way.
Recalling her journey, Hina told Humans of Bombay, “I come from an orthodox Kashmiri family where becoming an actor was never an option. My parents were even hesitant to send me to Delhi for college but somehow, I convinced Papa. So, when a friend suggested auditioning for a serial, I said no. Upon insistence, I gave it a go & the casting directors loved me! The next day, I was selected for the lead role."
She continued, "I moved to Bombay without telling my parents; I was 20. The production people helped me find a place. It took me weeks to tell Papa. He was livid. Mom’s friends & relatives cut ties with us. But by then, my serial had gained popularity. After weeks of cajoling, Papa said, ‘you can continue only if you complete your studies.’ Then, my parents moved to Mumbai. I’d shoot all night, study in the breaks, then fly to Delhi to give my exams. The family stress was constantly looming–I told Mom to not bother, but it wasn’t easy. We’d argue a lot. But every year, my serial was the number 1 show; I fell in love with the camera.
Calling her stint in Bigg Boss a milestone in her career, Hina said, "After 8 years, Big Boss came my way. Initially, I had a ‘no shorts, no steamy scenes’ policy but over time, I decided to make my own rules."
Hina also opened up about how she introduced her boyfriend Rocky Jaiswal to her parents since all her family members had arranged marriages.
"And just when my parents had gotten used to me being an actor, I told them I was seeing Rocky. It came as a shock; everybody in our family has had arranged marriages. But I gave them time & now, they love him more than me!" she said.
At the peak of her career, Hina decided to quit TV and do movies. "After, TV offers poured in, but I took a risk & quit TV to do movies. I was thrilled when I debuted at the Cannes film festival last year; I felt so proud to represent India abroad. The way the entire film & TV industry came to my support, humbled me," Hina said.
She further added, "This year, I moved onto OTT platforms–the script demanded a kissing scene, so I spoke to my parents. I said ‘yes’ only after they understood it was needed for the role; my movie became one of the most watched films on the platform."
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Summing up her life journey, Hina said, "It’s been 11 years since I first faced the camera–the little girl growing up in Srinagar would’ve never imagined walking Cannes. But a series of difficult choices have gotten me here. From Srinagar to Bombay, from being the first actor in my family to dating someone out of the community to giving up easy money at my peak, I’ve proudly carved my own way.”
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