Hina Khan: From the homely Akshara to being the centre of controversy in Bigg Boss 11, her journey till now

She was not seeking an image makeover, she had done as much as she could with Akshara, enough for her to pass the baton on to the character’s daughter Naira. (Photo: Instagram/ Hina Khan)
When a doe-eyed, shy, blushing Hina Khan appeared in the early Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai promos back in 2009, one wouldn’t have associated her with bringing the house down in Bigg Boss years later, or the scheming Komolika in a Kasauti Zindagi Kay reboot. Hina Khan as Akshara (Photo: Hotstar)
The world of the ‘good’ women in Hindi serials has a straight and fixed path—-being paragons of virtue, following traditions, bearing the problems of their household, and sacrificing their happiness, when required. In 2021 itself, she played a sweet romantic in the music video Baarish, and then in Main Bhi Barbaad, another music video, she portrayed a character who could kill for love. She clearly doesn’t want her followers to get used to her in one avatar, not an innocent romantic, or a scheming vamp. Her journey in the Bigg Boss house was a rollercoaster ride, and the followers of Akshara pieced together the new image of Hina Khan that emerged on the television screens. When I came out I realised ‘oh my outfits are being liked’, people have seen me in a different light, I have become this fashionista for them. I was just done with the show and I wanted to take a break. “When I left Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai I had nothing in mind. That’s when I made a conscious decision that I will keep this going,” Hina had said. I had never thought about any image makeover or proving anything to anybody or to the world. I just wore different clothes in BB 11. By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |

October 2, 2021 9:59:35 am

Hina Khan is celebrating her 34th birthday on Saturday. That too not when I was inside the house, it was when I came out of the show. It was not the case. She played the character with full dedication for a little less than a decade, exploring all the story templates that soaps could offer—-nervous bride to the perfect wife, daughter-in-law, daughter, mother to two children, losing one child, struggling to ‘keep the family together’ while the husband (Karan Mehra) lay in coma, and finally the time leap of 20 years, till she finally quit the serial. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd


Hina Khan Apart from a new personality, she became known for her fashion game as well. It’s daring because many from the television industry essaying similar roles, have stuck to their image of ‘sweet-good-girl’, with just a determined handful resisting being type-cast.https://images.indianexpress.com/2020/08/1×1.png
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Hina left Yeh Rishta with ‘nothing in mind’. Dropping the mantle of the goodie bahu, she made her mark as being bold and outspoken. I wasn’t thinking that I want to show my side to the world. Hina was embroiled in numerous controversies for saying that the South Indian industry preferred ‘bulging women’, hinting at Sakshi Tanwar being ‘cross-eyed’, or derogatory remarks about Arshi Khan, as well as mocking Shilpa Shinde. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Hina took the daring step to leave at the time she did because she, perhaps, knew that she would find it difficult to break the bahu image in the foreseeable future. That’s it. Hina Khan in Bigg Boss 11 |From Hina Khan’s fights to her sob fest, her journey in the house has been a roller coaster


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Since then, Hina has worked hard to mix it up for her fans. Then came the reality show Bigg Boss 11, and a new side of Hina was revealed. Breaking the image of saccharine sweetness, Hina’s pitchforked battles with Arshi Khan. For those who consumed YRKKH and waited for each plot twist, Akshara remains an iconic name, and her chemistry with Karan Mehra was dearly appreciated, despite the rumours of rifts off-camera. At the time, Hina Khan’s Akshara was just one of the many traditional daughters-in-law that the television industry churned out. But the whole game changed when I went inside the Bigg Boss 11 house. Hina Khan in Bigg Boss 11 (Photo: Colours)
Bigg Boss 11 was a ‘game-changer’ as Hina once told ET times. The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards. After proving herself in matters of villainy with Komollika in Kasautii Zindagi Kay, Hina has tried different things. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. Hina Khan likes to keep surprising her fans, it will be interesting to watch what she does next.