Mumbai: Hina Khan the lead actress of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai on Star Plus, who plays Akshara has left the show. Leaving her fans shocked, sad and disheartened.
She started her journey with the character of Akshara, and has been associated with Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, ever since it was launched in January 2009. She has played various roles like a daughter, a sister, a wife, a daughter-in-law, an aunt, a best friend and lot more.
When asked how she is feeling about leaving the show. The actress said.”It will affect me once I wrap up the shoot. It has been a long and fruitful journey for me. I am the only lead actor on Indian TV who has been part of a popular show for eight years. It’s a record.”
When asked “Did you decide to quit or did the makers want to kill your character Akshara?
Heena said.”I wanted to move on. I felt my character had done everything, and there was nothing left to do anymore. I also knew that, as my role was central to the plot, the story couldn’t focus on others until I was no longer part of it. I spoke to the makers in October and will be on the show till November-end”.
She said she didn’t expected that the show would last so long. She said.” As I was in college when I auditioned and was cast for the role. I was thrilled to bag the lead in a TV show. After three years, we were prepared for the show to end at any time. But kept going for so long. It has been wonderful. People often ask me how I stayed on for so long. Many actors quit their shows in three or five years, but they are amazed that I stuck around for eight. I don’t think any actor can understand what I am going through”.
Shecsaid it was bitter to quut the show “It was a show that gave me everything I have in life. I formed bonds that will last forever. In the past few days, my co-stars haven’t been looking at me [directly], because if we make eye contact, we will start crying. It has been a sweet ending for me.”
When asked whether she has plans to return on the show eith a dramatic twist she ssuf. “I don’t have any plans to return. The makers have not shown the [character’s] dead body, and have left it [the event] ambiguous, but I am not coming back. They might be thinking that if the show works without me, it’s okay, or will call me back [if it doesn’t]. I had a word with Rajan sir (Shahi; producer). I told him I can’t wait to see how things develop. He said that’s fair. But in this industry, one can never say never.”