These are the extremists 'Phantom' spoke about: Kabir Khan on Karachi protesters

"Fringe elements don't represent all of Pakistan," says the Bollywood filmmaker

Entertainment Desk April 28, 2016
"Fringe elements don't represent all of Pakistan," says the Bollywood filmmaker. PHOTO: HINDUSTANTIMES

Ace Bollywood director Kabir Khan, who was recently in Karachi to attend a marketing conference, was surrounded by a bunch of 'lunatics' on Wednesday.

The Bajrangi Bhaijaan was en route to Lahore when he was surrounded by protesters chanting anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans at the Karachi airport. He was ambushed for showing Pakistan in a bad light in his films.

However, Kabir did not react and proceeded towards the airport lounge. Soon after the incident, he tweeted, “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.”

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

He has now opened up about the whole incident calling the protesters the "extremists that Phantom spoke about."

"It was my first time in Karachi. I was only there for a day but I had a great time interacting with the delegates. People there had certain views and reservations about Phantom but they posed questions and I answered them. That's how a civil discussion is meant to be."

He continued, "one stray incident with a bunch of mad men wouldn't deter me. Fringe elements don't represent all of Pakistan, the people I met had warmth and goodwill," Kabir told Mumbai Mirror.

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Further elaborating on the incident he said, "These are the kind of extremists that Phantom spoke about. I tried addressing their issues but they were interested in filming videos on phones. Such people are extremists and forget that if I directed Phantom, I have also made Bajrangi Bhaijaan."

When asked if he expected such a reaction for Phantom, based on a book Mumbai Avengers, Kabir said, "It's alright for people to express their opinions but there is a way to do it. I'm open to healthy discussions. My film was made because it tackled an important issue."

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Kabir remains undeterred by the whole incident and said he will continue to make such films. "I will continue to make films that I believe in. I have always worked on political dramas and such things don't deter me."


Truth | 7 years ago | Reply @jomer. No doubt you are taught custome made well woven history.
Striver | 7 years ago | Reply Business and philosophy don't go together. If it did Pakistani poets and lyricists would be counted amongst the rich in the world. The film was a business venture and it brought him fame and a bit of wealth. There is nothing more to it. Lets not pretend it was made to bring the countries together or to highlight the extremist elements either side of the border. It was made with Hindu extremist element in mind which rule the country. Pakistanis wear their hearts on their sleeves. Welcome everyone including the ones who despise us. That's just the way we are.
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