First of Many: Hina Khan revisits Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai

2. Written by Mimansa Shekhar
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Updated: July 15, 2020 11:33:26 am

Hina Khan’s debut show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai began airing in 2009 on Star Plus. But I was a huge fan of Smriti Irani, and I used to love her character Tulsi (Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi). The casting guys reached out to a lot of colleges in Delhi and distributed pamphlets. I want to explore opportunities with actors I haven’t met or worked with before. I never had my pictures done. There was a lot of debate going on about how I look. I worked with them for eight years. I remember I went for my first audition ever for Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai with a passport size picture. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. Eventually, I improved. But I had my own share of hard work and struggle where I used to give 20 retakes. When I reached Mumbai, I realised how much people suffer here. It wasn’t easy. Here’s what the actor shared:
1. And the next day, I was in Bombay! So that’s the story of my first project. I do meet some of them, but I don’t think I have worked with any of them again. I auditioned for it. I am in touch with most of them even now. For me, I always used to feel if I ever try acting, I would like to do it like Tulsi. Who were your co-stars and how was the rapport with them when you got to meet or work with them again later? Actually, I was forcefully sent by my friends to audition. They came home and told me about it. Also Read | First of Many: Gajraj Rao | Vivek Oberoi | Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub | Rajpal Yadav | Rajeev Khandelwal | Govind Namdev | Neena Gupta | Pankaj Tripathi | Satish Kaushik | Mohit Raina | Shahid Kapoor | Anang Desai | Jimmy Sheirgill | Tabu | Harsh Chhaya | Gaurav Gera | Saurabh Shukla | Deepak Dobriyal | Seema Pahwa | Annup Sonii | Sayantani Ghosh | Annu Kapoor | Ajay Devgn | Vishal Malhotra | Rahul Khanna | Ashutosh Rana | Jaaved Jaaferi | Ashwath Bhatt | Varun Badola | Renuka Shahane | Taapsee Pannu | Manoj Bajpayee | Milind Soman | Rajkummar Rao | Akhilendra Mishra | Rohit Roy | Suchitra Pillai | Gulshan Grover | Abhay Deol | Ashwini Kalsekar | Adil Hussain | Shweta Tiwari | Purab Kohli | Mita Vasisht | Vipin Sharma | Divya Dutta | Jaideep Ahlawat | Archana Puran Singh | Daya Shankar Pandey 
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First of Many

Hina Khan She even made her Cannes red carpet debut in 2019. One film or role that inspired you to become an actor? I’d seen them in many different shows on television, so I was very nervous, but they were very supportive. And I don’t think I would want to do that because I have worked with them for so long, at least with the main characters. I had to let go of a lot of work, a lot of big opportunities while doing the show. 3. Hina has been around for over a decade and tried hands at various mediums too. When I look back, there is one thing I wish I had thought of before – to move on from Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai a little earlier, not after eight years. I used to give 20 retakes for one shot. Actor Hina Khan has over the years managed to win adulation by playing several fan-favourite characters on television. I still get goosebumps when I listen to its title song. I wanted to become a journalist. So there was no such inspiration. What do you remember of your first day on set? Be it the righteous Akshara in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, or turning villainous with Komolika in Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Hina received praise for all. We were like a family. 5. We had so many characters who entered the show and exited, but we were there. Just for a small role, they get so many portfolios done. They gave me the entire day from 10 AM to learn those lines and deliver them in one shot. But how did Hina Khan’s showbiz journey begin? How beautifully she performed. I was so new, I mean I didn’t even have a portfolio shoot. Were you nervous? So we did a lot of look tests which we sent to the channel to see how the character is gonna look and all. Yes, I was very very nervous. Maybe they found out something, or they just wanted me to stay. So, I sometimes feel like I should have taken the call a little earlier. Finally, around six in the evening, I delivered those lines. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. She was so good. Oh don’t ask! While she featured with fellow Bigg Boss contestant Priyank Sharma in Arijit Singh’s single “Raanjhana”, her OTT projects include Damaged 2 and Smartphone. She even had a highly successful stint on reality shows like Bigg Boss 11 and Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 8, emerging first runner-up in both. They made it easy for me. That’s how my journey was. So I consider myself really lucky. Apart from TV, she made her Bollywood debut with Vikram Bhatt’s Hacked. If given a chance to go back to your debut role, what would you like to change or do better? That’s how my friends got to know. How did she land the lead role in Rajan Shahi’s Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai? My co-stars were Vineeta Malik, Lata Sabharwal, Sanjeev Seth, Sonali Verma, Medha Jambotakar, Sanjai Gandhi, Karan Mehta, Pooja Joshi and so many more. Her emotional scenes would make you cry. 4. How many retakes did you take? It was a whole long paragraph that I had to learn, and I was not prepared. I did not want to become an actor. From 20 it became 15, then 10, then 5 retakes. They cut down on their monthly requirements to save money and get the photoshoots done. The channel figured that my features are too sharp to play such an innocent girl – Akshara. That’s why I say my story is just like a Cinderella story. I gave many retakes and not just the first day, but for good 15-20 days. At the audition, they made me sit for the entire day. How did you land Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai? I did land in Mumbai the next day after my first ever audition, but it wasn’t easy for me once I arrived here. Then, on my first day, there were a lot of big names involved.