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Hina Khan after her Cannes debut: ‘I can never play a victim, I have confidence in myself and I will prove my worth with time’

Hina Khan walked the red carpet for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15. While her appearances was overwhelmingly appreciated, one unpleasant comment by a media personality did get controversial.

bollywood Updated: May 20, 2019 11:13 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Kavita Awaasthi
Hindustan Times
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Hina Khan at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France on May 15, 2019.(AP)

TV star Hina Khan walked the red carpet at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival 2019 for the first time and impressed many people with her sartorial choices and attitude. While she made headlines for her gorgeous outfit, she also made headlines for an unpleasant comment on Instagram by a media personality. In a freewheeling chat, the actor, who launched the poster of her first feature film at the festival, talks about moving on, being overwhelmed with the love she received and her experience at Cannes.

Hina Khan poses at 72nd Cannes Film Festival at the screening of the film Bacurau on May 15, 2019. ( REUTERS )

What expectations did you have about being at Cannes?

I didn’t know what to expect. I am not a Bollywood celebrity; I am a TV celeb, so I was nervous and didn’t know if people would even acknowledge me. I have been overwhelmed with the reactions. I have cried seeing all the love and support I got. Thank you everyone. I know I have to work even harder now.

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Tell us about your experience walking the red carpet?

I was nervous as I was walking the Cannes red carpet for a feature film and people look up to me as a style icon, so I kept wondering, will I be able to do it properly? Am I choosing the right outfit? But we were preparing for Cannes since a while. I got a great response from international designers, who wanted me to wear their creations. I have more outfits than events to wear them at (laughs). At Cannes, I got the right piece of advice that other than the famous Hollywood celebs, the international photographers don’t know most celebrities from other countries, so they look for celebrities who present themselves well and have the right attitude. So, if they like you, they will keep clicking your photo. I thank the Almighty that they loved me.

Other than appreciation and praise from peers and fans alike, there was a unpleasant remark from a media personality, which caused uproar amongst the TV fraternity. What was your reaction?

I did feel disheartened to hear something like that. Why would someone look down upon TV? Give us the opportunity and we will shine. If you can’t say anything good, don’t say this either. I have worked hard to be where I am. I know how I managed to shoot the film and my TV shoot. But, I can never play a victim as I have confidence in myself and I will prove my worth with time, with God’s grace. And I am grateful that so many people stood by me.

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First Published: May 20, 2019 11:11 IST