Television actress Hina Khan who can currently be seen in Colors TV’s popular show Bigg Boss 11 made highly disturbing remarks about actresses working in the south Indian films. Body-shaming, racism, sexism and many other ‘isms’ are unfortunately so normal in our society that we don’t even realise when our speech gets derogatory towards the other. Hina Khan did exactly the same on the show while discussing about south Indian actresses with the fellow contestants. Hina begins by fat-shaming south Indian actresses and then later in the video, confuses Telugu with Tamil. Well, she doesn’t know the language you may argue. Sure. But then she goes on to mock the language altogether by stringing together a bunch of nonsensical words to mimic ‘Tamil’.
Sridevi Sreedhar who calls herself a ‘movie-geek’ on Twitter, shared the video-clip of Bigg Boss’ said episode, where Hina Khan can be seen discussing with fellow housemates how the directors of the ‘south’ ask heroines to put on weight because they ‘want a bulging body’.
Look at the way this girl #Hinakhan @eyehinakhan, a TV star degrading South Indian cinema and its #Bulging heroines #Disgusting #BB11 pic.twitter.com/MmoV2uWDJf?ssr=true
— sridevi sreedhar (@sridevisreedhar) October 26, 2017
she is disgusting and pretending herself. she insulted South actress but she didn’t know that most of the movies are copied from South movies and now most of the South Indian actress working in Bollywood as compared to Bollywood actress.@ssrajamouli #BB11 #BiggBoss11
— Saif Parwez (@saifperwez) October 26, 2017
She always believes she is one of the greatest artists of our country. Such a shameful act by Hina khan. #BB11
— Vidhi Joshi (@Vidhijoshi99) October 26, 2017
Its so disgusting the way she said #bulging and demean south india movies #HinaKhan #BB11
— Prasanna Jayendra (@happy_beingme) October 27, 2017
And a few comments on the thread go on to show how deep-rooted is the problem where we don’t even think she said anything wrong in first place:
I dont see the degradation? Just the truth. You all just need a freaking reason. She literally didn’t say anything bad.
— Maryam (@BefourMaryam) October 26, 2017
Why being honest is bad or saying the hard real truth is wrong !
— Pearl Monteiro (@bebo_pearly) October 27, 2017
Even Hansika Motwani, now working in south Indian film industry after doing a few Bollywood movies raised objection to Hina Khan’s statement:
Doesn’t she know a lot of Bollywood actors hv worked & are working in the our south industry ! Shame on you #hinakhan for trying 2demean us https://t.co/6ByNcYt8yI
— Hansika (@ihansika) October 26, 2017
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As disturbing as it may sound but this sort of conversations regularly take place in our day-to-day conversations but it’s time that we reflect. Even as Hina Khan goes on to praise the south Indian movies and their Hindi remakes further in the video, it doesn’t absolve her of the fact that she actually used inappropriate language.