Television’s very popular star Hina Khan became an unexpected and overnight point of discussion. Her presence at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival generated a lot of debate, one of which was a social media post by a mediaperson. Somehow, because of that, eveybody's rooting for Hina Khan and not just in Cannes. Back home in Mumbai the television industry including several of Hina's colleagues, has risen in one voice to support the Kasautti Zindagi Kay actress' right to be present at the festival. More importantly, the entire issue has shone the spotlight on how much a stepmotherly treatment television stars are given vis-a-vis their big screen counterparts. While television is huge in India and TV stars command a massvie fan following, they are still considered poorer and not so worhty of attention as their big screen counterparts. Hina's biggest support came from Salman Khan who defended her during an event, when he was asked about it.
Simply put, Hina Khan has overshadowed other Bollywood divas at Cannes this year.There is more buzz surrounding Hina than Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut or even then the Cannes queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, all of who dazzled on the red carpet in their own way.
Filmmaker Rahat Kazmi who accompanied Hina to Cannes with their collaborative film titled Lines is a regular visitor at Cannes. Last year he was at the Cannes with his film Lihaaf on the life of author Ismat Chugatai. None of his films has generated as much curiostity and garnered the attention of Lines. Says Rahat from Cannes, “It is amazing. The interest that Hina and our film together has aroused is unsurpassed by any of my earlier entries at Cannes. But no one had planned it that way. We didn’t know Hina would get insulted in this manner, and that her insult would invite so much wrath from her fans, colleagues, well-wishers,” says Rahat adding that his film Lines would be Hina’s big launch into Bollywood.
In defence of the television fraternity, it must be said that some of the biggest names of the entertainment industry has come from the small-screen. Entertainers like Shekhar Suman, Ronit Roy, Amar Upaddhyay, Sushant Singh Rajput and Kapil Sharma are products of television. Hina Khan is all set to make the transition from television to movies.So perhaps the Cannes apperance has indeed proved to be a huge blessing for her.