Kubra Khan reveals she had a cancer scare while online trolls were fat-shaming her

Kubra Khan reveals she had a cancer scare while online trolls were fat-shaming her

The Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay actor got candid and spoke about what went on behind the scenes during filming the show.
17 Dec, 2021

We know a lot about characters on screen because we watch their lives play out in front of us but rarely do we get to look behind the actor's mask and see the person inside. Kubra Khan got candid in a recent interview and revealed she'd had a cancer scare earlier this year that overlapped with some weight gain. This resulted in her being fat-shamed online, which in turn shattered her confidence.

In an interview with Something Haute, Khan discussed her acting journey at length. Talking about her character Mashal in Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay, she revealed what her life looked like off camera, mentioning a cancer scare in January this year. She got operated on for a lump that was found before it could turn into something dangerous.

She said while this was happening, she'd gained weight from emotional eating and was playing her role in Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay, and then had to deal with people question her worth and casting choice, calling her 'fat' not knowing what was going on behind closed doors.

The Sang-e-Mar Mar actor explained how all of this shattered her confidence and made her feel smaller than a particle of dust, making her ignore her doctor's orders to avoid exercise and dieting during her post-op recovery period.

The actor highlighted the need to be kind and spoke about the power of sharing stories, giving an example of a woman who came up to her and told her "I am alive because Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay came out at the right time because the life Mashal lived is the life I'm living everyday. I feel like anything and everything I try is never good enough."

Diving into the intricacies of antagonist Mashal's character, Khan said Mashal was more than just an evil character and our audience has become more emotionally intelligent because they grasped that behind the facade, Mashal was hurting. All the charades were just to protect the little girl inside.

She also spoke about how the stories in TV shows are not entirely fictional, they're inspired by real life. "This is not just acting, this is making a difference in peoples' lives. When I realised this, that's when I fell in love. If it doesn't make a difference, then at least it’ll make someone smile."

Commenting on stories leaving the screens and building real life narratives, she added that "people are able to talk about this because we made it normal to talk about it." She said she’s received DMs from both men and women talking to her about the impact her roles have had on them.

Speaking about her acting journey, she said she stumbled into it after others pushed her towards it and that it kept coming back to her despite her straying from it. "I never chose acting, acting chose me," she said.

Khan also hinted at a big reveal in the finale of Hum Kahan Ke Sachay Thay, which is nearing the finish line.


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M. Saeed Dec 17, 2021 03:21pm
Very sensible and compassionate actor.
Ch. S Dec 17, 2021 07:08pm
Obese people have a higher chance of getting cancer, according the medical research published on med websites.
Laila Dec 17, 2021 07:09pm
I am not a fan of her as an actress but as a woman and human, I feel sad that our society is so fixated with women's age and bodies. Male celebrities never get shamed or scrutinized. Nobody calls out age, their pot bellies, lack of muscle or toned bodies, weight, skin tone, facial features, receding hair lines, height, flat bottoms etc. The shaming that female celebrities go through is repulsive and if another dimension and enough to give anybody complexes and insecurities. Naturally curly hair, height, facial features, skin color, body, anything is up for grabs and shamed and many are referred to a trans. The jahil critics don't appreciate that we are all created differently and thats OK. An actress is an actress, not a model. Stop shaming girls or women.
Rawalpindi boy Dec 17, 2021 11:19pm
Kubra khan is a babe!!
Asif Dec 18, 2021 06:00am
She is alright.
Faryal Dec 18, 2021 12:15pm
She is All the time favourite. She is humble, charming even in "ham Kahan k sachy thy* more than mahira khan. She is decent, innocent, All The time Good Looking, more more and more Beautiful ever I've seen . And more important, She is very Strong by inside that every Girl Should need to be. I've no words to tell about her inner and external personality. I must say #Super se Bhi Upar# ❣️❣️❣️❣️ and Jo log Apk myar tak upar nai aa skty wo har wqt Apko apny myar par neechy lany k liye "chance talash krty Hain. Ap Fans ko suniye. Or baqi ko Dustbin Mai phenkiye. It Will Really Help you
M. Saeed Dec 18, 2021 12:48pm
@Laila , women have to have something magical to counter better physical strength of men, for survival of the fittest race. And, that something makes up the shortfall. You know the magic, batter than the men.
Nads Dec 18, 2021 07:27pm
@M. Saeed , yes like a good character good cooking skills, empathy, motherhood, ability to keep families together, patience, sacrifice many many magical qualities have been bestowed on women. We all women should cherish and cultivate these. Incidentally I always thought people loose weight when they have cancer..! Strange that she gained..
Laila Dec 19, 2021 02:00am
@M. Saeed there is only one race. Human. Mr. And women are both human with their gender specific traits and physicality. I am not sure I follow your point?