Shoe-wielding protesters surround Bollywood director Kabir Khan at Karachi airport

Protesters chant anti-India, pro-Pakistan slogans as filmmaker departs for Lahore

News Desk April 27, 2016
Protesters chant anti-India, pro-Pakistan slogans as filmmaker departs for Lahore. AN EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

KARACHI: Bollywood director Kabir Khan was surrounded by shoe-wielding protesters at Karachi airport on Wednesday, Express News reported.

The 'Phantom' director, who arrived at Karachi airport to leave for Lahore, was surrounded by protesters chanting anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans. The protesters angry over what they called Khan’s “anti-Pakistan films” questioned why he did not make similar movies about India’s premier spy agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

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However, Khan did not react and proceeded towards the airport lounge.

Soon after the incident, the Bajrangi Bhaijaan director said on Twitter, "To media on both sides: 12 screaming lunatics with a mobile phone camera is not news. Please don't give them the attention they want. Ignore."

Khan has come under criticism several times due to his controversial films, including Phantom, which was banned in Pakistan.

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On Tuesday, the filmmaker said he had visited Lahore a few months back and that this is his first time in Karachi. “My film Bajrangi Bhaijaan received a lot of appreciation in Pakistan for which I am grateful. The purpose of the film really was to bring the people closer,” he added.

Khan also said extremists of both the countries do not want the situation to improve. “Also, whenever a terrorist attack happens, the media does not treat the matter with care and instead raises a furore. “I urge Pakistani film-makers to come to India to make films. Politics indeed is a hindrance in this exchange and I think our governments should ensure the interests of the artist community are protected.