Star Plus’ popular series’ ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ recently celebrated it’s 12th year anniversary and Hina Khan, who shot to fame with her debut role as Akshara Singhania in the serial, says the response she received for the role still overwhelms her after all these years.
“After ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ and Akshara came into my life, it definitely changed things around for me,” recalls Khan. “People associated me so strongly with the show and character that it did become a name in every household. The love, appreciation and positive response I received for the role is something that overwhelms me till date.”
Khan feels the show works because it continues to maintain values that are cherished by the middle-class India households it primarily caters to, reports Koimoi. “The concept of a joint family, traditions, values and being there for your loved ones through the good and the bad days is what worked well for the show. At the end of the day our Indian culture is all about family and staying true to our roots and customs. Over the years, ‘Yeh Rishta…’ has managed to maintain these elements well into the show,” she said.
Khan went on to say, “Akshara was a soul filled with positivity and so much love, warmth and care, which was the most beautiful part about the character. Her family was the start and endpoint of her life, and the way Akshara has loved and looked out for them in those eight years is what I thoroughly enjoyed portraying.”
Since her appearance in the drama series, Khan has walked the Cannes red carpet and been a reality TV star on ‘Bigg Boss’ and ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi.’ And by stepping into Bollywood allowed Khan to cement her status as one of the highest-paid stars of the Indian television industry.
“My journey post ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’ has been full of surprises and wonderful opportunities. I really got a chance to experiment with the kind of roles I wanted to try out, the kind of mediums I wanted to be a part of and explore other spaces as an actor. I am happy with the projects I have been a part of over the last few years, as each of them has contributed a lot to my personal and professional growth in many ways,” she adds.
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