Mumbai: Television actress, Hina Khan, who is known for her role in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, made her appearance at Cannes 2019 representing the television industry in India. The actress looked stunning in a silver sheer gown designed by Ziad Nakad. The actress was not only praised by fans, but also received positive response from her peers in the television industry. However, a comment made by a journalist stood out as odd, disturbing the tide of compliments.

The journalist, Jitesh Pillai had shared a picture of Hina Khan on Instagram and captioned it, “Cannes has suddenly become Chandivali studios kya?”


The journo’s social media post did not go down well with TV actors Divyanka Tripathi, Nia Sharma, Arjun Bijlani, Jennifer Winget and others, who slammed Pillai for his remark.



Hina too had a comeback to the journalist’s post in the form of a tweet in which she stated, “I was persistent, I am constant n I will be efficient again n again again. Don’t know where I belong, don’t know if I have to, as d Place don’t define me! Because as always I will work my a** off n I will make my own PLACE. My promise, a proud outsider from my Chandiwali studious (sic).”

She also wrote “#ChandivaliToCannes this hashtag is love and guess what I actually started from Chandivali back then.”

As the television industry united against him, Jitesh Pillai apologised to Hina Khan.

Jitesh Pillai's apology to Hina Khan


The journalist took to his Instagram to apologise the actress, “My apologies to Hina Khan. My insta caption was misconstrued. I would never ever belittle an artiste. Those who know me well enough will agree that I’m inclusive and always appreciative of talent. My remark was meant to suggest that Cannes has become Bollywood centric.”

He further wrote, “Studios like Chandivali etc are the very studios that I’ve spent my time as a rookie reporter. I would never run down my wonder years spent in these studios. My sincere apologies to Hina again. I wish you continued success.”