Hina Khan expressed regret for not being able to attend the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival India pavilion, which featured Deepika Padukone, Pooja Hegde, Urvashi Rautela, and Tamannaah Bhatia dancing to Ghoomar.
Actress Hina Khan, who is currently attending the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, expressed her disappointment at not being invited to the Indian delegation’s opening ceremony. In an interview, she stated that while things have changed in the industry (and for her) in recent years, particularly since her first appearance at Cannes, not nearly enough has occurred to blur the lines between movie stars and television stars.
On the sidelines of the event, she told Film Companion that an ‘elitist’ attitude still exists in the industry, particularly toward ‘television stars’ like herself. Hina stated that she would have liked to attend the opening ceremony, even as an audience member, but was not invited. At the 75th Cannes Film Festival, India is the honored country.
“I wouldn’t deny that things changed for me after Cannes,” she said. “Things did get a little easier at work, meeting people, how they look at you, how they greet you, and the designer clothes we wear… Of course, many people still have reservations, but many others have reached out to me and said, ‘We are not like others; you can reach out to us.’ In terms of work, it’s been interesting and enjoyable. I always try to see the bright side, but it’s not always easy… Sometimes you are not permitted to enter a specific area, so you must build your table…”
Using the opening ceremony earlier this week as an example, she stated, “We all belong to the same industry, we all belong to the entertainment business, and we have all come here to represent India.” I’m very excited to unveil my film’s poster; everyone knows I’m going to unveil my film’s poster… I was overjoyed… Then there’s the news…”
“This elitist game, this elitist system, still exists,” she said. At the Indian pavilion, there was an opening ceremony. There was everyone, all of my contemporaries, not just those from Bollywood. I don’t envy them; rather, I am very proud of them. But it’s also a little disheartening; why wasn’t I there? Why wasn’t I there? I could have been there, at least in the audience, cheering for them when they did the Ghoomar. “I enjoyed the video and felt very proud of my country.”
Deepika Padukone, Pooja Hegde, Tamannaah Bhatia, and Urvashi Rautela attended the India pavilion’s opening ceremony earlier this week, where they were joined by I&B Minister Anurag Thakur. They danced together to the song Ghoomar, and the video went viral.
Hina stated that she believes in being open about her emotions. “Let the world know how I feel,” she concluded, hoping to be invited again next year.