"It will take another 50 years I guess."
Hina Khan has claimed that the audience is to blame for the “regressive content” on Indian television, stating that they do not want to see progressive TV shows.
The actress is currently in Cannes, having become a household name in the show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.
When asked about her thoughts on “regressive television shows”, Hina said the makers are not responsible, but the audience who wishes to see such content.
She said: “It’s not television, it’s the audience.
“We deliver, they deliver perhaps what the audience wants to watch.
“So I don’t think the content which is made on television, for that you can blame the makers or the creators, it’s the audience.”
Explaining that TV shows with progressive plots are less popular, Hina continued:
“There have been progressive television shows, people don’t want to watch it. The show doesn’t work.
“I think that’s the reason they deliver what audiences want to watch.
“Probably if everyone stops and gives them new content altogether fresh content on every GEC channel, then people may not have a choice and then they will start watching progressive content, but that’s a huge call to be taken.
“But, yeah that’s the reason. Until we change the attitude, I don’t think anything is going to change.
“It will take another 50 years I guess.”
Hina Khan previously spoke about the television industry, revealing that small-screen stars are looked down up by Bollywood.
She had said: “Well, we are ready to work if given an opportunity.
“I am not the right person because I come from both the mediums. I have done theatrical films, I have done digital (films) and then I have done television for the longest time.
“So, I am somewhere in the middle and I can speak on both the cases. What I see after all these years is that we (TV stars) are looked down upon. I don’t know why.”
Hina went on to say that different schedules are one of the reasons why TV stars are looked down upon.
“Television actors are trained differently. We work in stressful conditions, unlike films. I have done films. I know how films are shot, how comfortable and how much effort and training goes on before shooting starts.
“That does not happen in television. We are given a bunch of scripts every day.
“You got to learn your lines, come on sets, there is so much stress. That doesn’t happen in films.”
“Maybe, that way our training is better because we are ready to shoot for 18 hours at a stretch. We can deliver 10 pages in one go when it comes to realistic performance and television.
“I have always mentioned it is over the top when it comes to performance.
“That does not mean we cannot do it (films). Maybe we need certain training, maybe we also need a film to understand ‘that oh my god, I need to do this a little subtle. I need to improve here’.
“But that opportunity is not given to us. If a film is given to us, we are judged upon that film.”