Hina Khan ‘disheartened’ at not being invited to opening ceremony at Cannes 2022 Indian pavilion: ‘Elitist system’

Hina Khan said that she would have loved to have attended the opening ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival India pavilion, which saw Deepika Padukone, Pooja Hegde, Urvashi Rautela and Tamannaah Bhatia dancing to Ghoomar.

Actor Hina Khan, who is currently attending the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, made her displeasure at not being invited to the opening ceremony for the Indian delegation known. In an interview, she said that things have changed in the industry (and for her) in the last few years, especially after she first appeared at Cannes, but not nearly enough has happened to erode the lines between movie stars and television stars.

She told Film Companion on the sidelines of the event that an ‘elitist’ attitude still exists in the industry, especially against ‘television stars’ such as herself. Hina said that she would’ve liked to have attended the opening ceremony, even as an audience member, but wasn’t extended an invitation. India is the country of honour at the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

“Things changed after Cannes for me, I would not deny that,” she said. “Things did get a bit easier when it comes to work, meeting people, how they look at you, how they greet you, and the designer stuff that we wear… Of course, there are many who still have their reservations, but there are many who reached out to me and told me, ‘We are not like others, you can reach out to us’. In terms of work, it’s been different, it’s been nice. I always look at the brighter side, but at the same time, it is tough as well… Sometimes, you might not be allowed to enter a certain space, so you have to create your own table…”

Citing the example of the opening ceremony from earlier this week, she said, “We all belong to the same industry, we all belong to the entertainment business, we have all come here to represent India. I am very excited to launch the poster of my film, everyone there knows that I’m coming to launch the poster of my film… I was very excited… Then comes the news…”

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