NEW DELHI: No house help and no choice to go outside have made many feel like being locked up inside the "Bigg Boss" house. But former "Bigg Boss" contestant Hina Khan says that participating in the reality show and experiencing the continued COVID-19 lockdown doesn't have anything in common.
The reality show, an Indian version of international series "Celebrity Big Brother", features celebrities locked inside a house for months under constant camera surveillance, with no gadgets or luxury.
"The 'Bigg Boss' house and this quarantine phase are poles apart with regard to any kind of comparison. there's no tactic I'm using now," Hina told in a recent interview,
Unlike the show where the contestants need to be faraway from their loved ones, Hina lives together with her family in Mumbai right now and is feeling fortunate.
"I am so happy to have them by my side during these tough times," said the "Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai" actress.
Like others, she too is doing household chores and keeping herself entertained with engaging content online.
"From cooking to cleaning to working out to watching stuff online, I even have been diverting my mind with things that are positive and productive. right now it's best doing what you wish doing more than anything, to handle the self-quarantine phase in a better way," she said.
The lockdown, which has been imposed since March, has been a learning experience for her.
"The art of patience is really the biggest thing I got to learn from the lockdown. Keeping calm, composed and patiently passing through every day is what I'm now getting far better at," she shared.
She doesn't have big plans after the lockdown gets over.
"I feel that even when the lockdown is over, getting back to the conventional way of life like it was before this whole scenario began, is honestly going to take a ton of your time. So although there are things I would like to try and do, it's all going to be done with keeping necessary precautions in mind first," she said.
While there's still time for the lockdown to be lifted, viewers can enjoy her recently released a short film titled "Smartphone".
"The short film features a great message. One is about never underestimating anybody else's abilities and there's a robust sense of women empowerment also, so content-wise it's quite good. And currently, I feel that good, meaningful and interesting content is what people need to be given to look at, to help divert their minds from the stressful situation that we are all facing at the moment," said Hina.
She plays a rural woman in the short film.
"It was a challenging role with a lot of nuances to keep in mind. From the desi accent to the language, dressing style and even personality traits of the character, I had to make sure that each small detail was perfect! And challenges like these in my workspace are what I actually look forward to and enjoy improving upon, so this definitely is one of those amazingly challenging projects," she said.