Can’t go to Pakistan again: Kabir Khan

Published: April 30, 2016
The Bollywood director was heckled at Kararchi airport on Wednesday.

The Bollywood director was heckled at Kararchi airport on Wednesday.

After he was heckled at Karachi airport, Bollywood director Kabir Khan has now said he will not visit Pakistan again.

During a recent interview with Indian entertainment portal Bollywood Life, the ace director was asked if he would like to cross the border again if given a chance, to which he replied, “That’s not possible. My wife (Mini Mathur) has made it clear I can’t go there.”

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

The Bajrangi Bhaijaan director, who was in Pakistan to attend a marketing conference, was surrounded by protesters chanting anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans at the Karachi airport on Wednesday.

“I don’t think they were interested in reasoning or rationale. It looked like they had come prepared to attack. They knew the time of my departure and were there all prepared for what they had to do,” said Kabir.

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However, Kabir says he won’t categorise the whole country as intolerant based on a single incident. “I am not going to get cowed down and be provoked into making statement against the country. Because the truth is, the common man is just not interested in any violence. I was in Karachi for just one day. And it was all very friendly and hospitable until this incident. It’s just a handful creating an vitiated atmosphere,” he said.

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

The Phantom director also didn’t say much about the security officers at the airport who didn’t take any action against the protesters. “Maybe they were as baffled as I was,” he said.

I want to make a film in Pakistan: Kabir Khan

When asked if its time to cut all cultural ties with Pakistan, Kabir said, “If we do that we play into the hands of the political miscreants. There were just a handful of troublemakers at the airport.”

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Reader Comments (48)

  • NITS
    Apr 30, 2016 - 4:01PM

    Obama can’t come, Putin can’t come and now, Kabir khan wont come… itsn’t pak an isolated country in the world.Recommend

  • lol
    Apr 30, 2016 - 4:09PM

    Amazing how a dozen protesters (who in Kabir Khan’s own words “are not news” and should be “ignored”) are enough to get him to not come to Pakistan again and get people to ask the question if “it’s time to cut all cultural ties with Pakistan” but the repeated “ghunda-gardi” (vandalism, harassment, etc.) of Shiv Sena and RSS against our stars such as Ghulam Ali, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Atif Aslam, etc. doesn’t even get anyone to bat an eye.

    Oh well, it’s not like it’s going to make a difference. It’s not like it can go any lower.Recommend

  • Sami Khan
    Apr 30, 2016 - 4:40PM

    very sad. This kind of events common in India. There you even get slapped. Recommend

  • Anon
    Apr 30, 2016 - 4:46PM

    Kabir Khan has been a anti pak guy by nature…
    first he made movie named “kabul express”, in which he demonised Pak’s role in Afghanistan…
    then he made movie”ek tha tiger”, in which he defamed pak intelligence agency….
    and then he made phantom, in which he tried to challenge Pak’s sovereignty….
    no wonder this guy can’t be not trusted anymoreRecommend

  • Apr 30, 2016 - 4:57PM

    When you have so much hatred for Pakistan then why would you come? Stay where you are, we don’t need you!Recommend

  • Truth
    Apr 30, 2016 - 5:09PM

    Good riddance. It surprises all how he had the cheeks to come here after coming up with all the propaganda against Pakistan. Please spare us in future. Recommend

  • vinsin
    Apr 30, 2016 - 5:11PM

    Then why VISA was issued to him? His forefathers Pakistani themselves write articles on Pak’s role in Afghanistan, talk about their agencies and drones challenge Pak’s sovereignty in reality not in movie.

    When RSS harassed Ghulam Ali, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Atif Aslam etc?
    Pakistani artists do not invest in India unlike Indians. Pakistani artists come to India for money.
    Kabir Khan went for a conference not to perform, he is a director not an actor. Pakistan can stop terrorism if they want to shut Shiv Sena.

    @Sami Khan:
    Which Pakistani got slapped in India?Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Apr 30, 2016 - 5:27PM

    They were ISI goons. Both ISI and IB vigilance men are present at all three airports in Pakistan. Their job is usually to monitor the human traffic and airport administration activities. Recommend

  • Muhammad Adeel
    Apr 30, 2016 - 6:30PM

    Thanks so much for not coming back here again. We don’t need youRecommend

  • Apr 30, 2016 - 6:36PM

    @NITS: A tremendous over exaggeration is it not??? Cricket players singers and other artists and even book writers have been sprayed by ink in India. As one protester said In Karachi airport why don’t you make a film regarding RAW. Recently a RAW agent was captured in Pakistan that was send to murder and disturb Pakistan’s security. If a few people protested Kabir Khan presence in Pakistan than I don’t blame them.Recommend

  • Faraz Khan
    Apr 30, 2016 - 6:40PM

    The level of intolerance and extremism in India is much more than India and for no apparent reasons most of the times. Kabir Khan made anti-Pakistan movies hence a mild outrage. But what were the crimes of stars like Rahat fateh Ali Khan, Ghulam Ali and many others whose posters were torn and concerts cancelled due to rowdy actions of Shiv sena which directly falls under the ruling party. As for terrorism, Pakistan has successfully eliminated it to a great extent after a long drawn army operation. On the contrary Indian Raw agents are being caught from different cities for spreading terrorism in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Arslan Qasmi
    Apr 30, 2016 - 7:09PM

    What marketing conference was he attending? While I agree his heckling was inappropriate, none of the news media provides clear details of what he was doing in Pakistan in the first place. If the visit was a taunt to Pakistan, then those who invited him need to provide answers.Recommend

  • nikki
    Apr 30, 2016 - 8:01PM

    @Brainy Bhaijan:

    ISI does not do these small thingsRecommend

  • pk007
    Apr 30, 2016 - 8:40PM

    @NITS We don’t care if Obama or Putin doesn’t come. There is nothing to loose. Military hardware will still be sold and trade and investments will continue. I’m surprised why you mentioned Kabir Khan among these politicians. He is in the entertainment business, but now that you have said it, India actually has more to loose than Pakistan. How will you make movies and music without our people like Fawad Khan, Mira Khan, Shafqat Amanat, Rahat Fateh Ali, Ghaulam Ali, and Ali Zafar, ?Recommend

  • Meghana
    Apr 30, 2016 - 8:59PM

    @Faraz Khan: Come back to reality from dreams. All world tournament cricket, tennis, f1 etc are held in Indi, why no one comes to ur country, did u forget srilankan team extremism, intolerance incident ? Ur country is ranked no 1 is worst country for religious freedom /intolerance.
    Why all ur Minority leaving ur country seeking assylum/citizenship in india and but no indian muslim also feels safe to come ur country eg. Kabir Khan? Rest don’t even think about it.

    @Sami Khan: No Qadri, UN banned osama, Hafeez Sayeed etc here to shoot or blow up others.. Everyone has right to protest, carry March in is better than shooting that happens across border in urs. Even their protest is justified. Pthers are protesting against Ur country men caught live doing terrror ajmal Kasab 26/11 and many such attacks latest being Pathankot..
    2. Did u forget ur “war” movie? Every srilankan indian fears to go ur country. But Pakistanis despite protest come india to seek jobs and earn their salary .. Say they don’t feel threatened and come back.Some even take indian citizenship eg ADNAN Sami. Recommend

  • HZR
    Apr 30, 2016 - 9:28PM

    There are so many guys avoiding Pakistan one more will not make a difference.This started some years back with the Cricket tems.Recommend

  • NITS
    Apr 30, 2016 - 9:51PM

    You seem to have poor knowledge about the history of Indian movies/ Bollywood and still you commented. All the Indian movies including regional cinema & bollywood are very popular and hit in India & abroad for more than 50 year, with little or NO contribution from the pak artists, so we are well placed to compensate their loss. BUT think about your country & its so-called artists, with negligible film industry and no listener of ghulam ali & ilks. How will they earn their bread & butter if we stop them coming to India? So its pak’s loss, not ours.Recommend

  • Supersequel
    Apr 30, 2016 - 9:52PM

    What’s up with Indians thinking that just because Pakistanis go to India that they are now overlords? Canadians go to USA to act!?! So what?! I’m Pakistani but I’ll go to India to act if my skin tone and facial features are in demand. I can’t help it. Also adnan Sami is one individual who took Indian citizenship. I can name countless of rich Indians who took citizenship abroad in the west. Now what? Also, Pakistanis need to wake up. India doesn’t accept Pakistan or ever will. Even Musharraf said that. Maybe, it’s about time we become more like Israel and realize our immediate neighbors can never be our friends. Recommend

  • Abdul Karim
    Apr 30, 2016 - 10:15PM

    I wonder why some people watch these silly Bollywood movies. These Indian movies mostly portray artificial fantasy world and nothing to do with any reality and positive aspect of life. Watching these Indian films is just a waste of time and money. Recommend

  • Abdul Karim
    Apr 30, 2016 - 10:22PM

    @Brainy Bhaijan:
    You are watching so many fantasy loaded Indian films. Something sane to watch may help to have a positive effect in life. Recommend

  • Rashid
    Apr 30, 2016 - 11:26PM

    @vinsin, there has been so many incidents of violent protests against pakistani actors that it is hard to remember.

    One such incident was when a Hindu extremist organization in Mumbai attacked Pakistani comedian Shakil Siddiqui. You can search it on the internet.

    Protests, threats against the visiting pakistani artists is a routine in India.Recommend

  • Striver
    May 1, 2016 - 12:43AM

    Kabir Khan is EXAGGERATING or simply LYING. No one touched him no-one had any weapons in his hands; no-one went close enough for him feel threatened;

    LOOK at the video again.Recommend

  • Sid
    May 1, 2016 - 12:43AM

    @Rashid If such incidents do happen even then also pakistanis come to india in search for work and some like Ali Zafar are permanently settled here. Tell’s a lot about opportunities in your country.Recommend

  • Unknown
    May 1, 2016 - 12:51AM

    He is not even wanted here. So please stay in your shiny open defecation capital of the world Recommend

  • Rahul
    May 1, 2016 - 12:54AM

    The difference between USA and Canada is that one of them doesn’t call the other a “dushman mulk”. Also Indians going to western countries is not at all the same as Pakistanis coming to India. Pakistanis coming to India to earn their bread and butter and applying for citizenship is exactly the opposite of why Pakistan was created in the first place. I call it the reverse two nation theory. Sonya Jehan (granddaughter of Madam Noor Jehan) has also married an Indian and is now settled in New Delhi. Shoaib Malik spends half his time in Dubai and the other half in Hyderabad at his in laws. Every year thousands of Pakistanis come to India via train and some of them never go back.Recommend

  • Sumi
    May 1, 2016 - 1:16AM

    @Supersequel….Canada and USA people can work with each other because they are good neighbours….
    Indians can work in USA, because India and USA both are good friends and partners….
    but India and Pak are not friends, so you shouldn’t expect anything from IndiaRecommend

  • HBK
    May 1, 2016 - 1:32AM

    @Supersequel…..hahaha who told you that Pakistanis are in demand here , Bollywood directors pick pak artists in 1-2 movies to capture the market of 200 million Pakistanis…..average indian movie earns 5-10 cr from Pakistani public, the day Bollywood film makers don’t get any profit from Pak, they will close the doors for pak artistsRecommend

  • Shaiban
    May 1, 2016 - 1:40AM

    What I can’t understand is how a person that goes on with a calculated and inventive tirade against a country and then expect that he will be showered with love on his visit. I actually so much wanted to be one of those “10 or 12” people who gave him the treatment he deserves. Kabir Khan, please spare us with the honour of hosting you ever again.Recommend

  • Phantom
    May 1, 2016 - 1:58AM

    Good. People like him should not visit Pakistan instead they should visit Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Np
    May 1, 2016 - 2:26AM

    Have you seen Bajrangi Bhaijaan? Does it seem anti-Pakistan.Recommend

  • Hella
    May 1, 2016 - 3:05AM

    Better safe then sorry. Kabir Khan is in far greater danger in Pakistan because he is an Ahmadi. Luckily the protestors may not have realised this, else even the police would not have come to his rescue.Recommend

  • Midas
    May 1, 2016 - 4:24AM

    Strange a few people irked him from coming again, he can take the feelings and explain to his countrymen how Pakistani artists feel when they are threatened, denied visas etc. But we still apologize, most of us are not like that.Recommend

  • Nasir Hameed
    May 1, 2016 - 5:01AM

    Please stay in India!!Recommend

  • H Khan
    May 1, 2016 - 5:09AM

    Such a sad thing to learn! I guess I’d be treated badly enough if I had made a movie about Indian Hindu extremists and then decided to go to India for a Marketing conference :/Recommend

  • brar
    May 1, 2016 - 5:15AM

    @Rashid: And even than so many Pakistani artists visit India,he has said that due to some fanatics we can not label the whole Nation as intolerant and all Pakistani artists come to earn he did not went to Pakistan to direct any firmRecommend

  • SaneVoice
    May 1, 2016 - 5:35AM

    Why am i inclined to believe that coming to Pakistan and having been shouted at was all part of his diabolical plan to rile up more anti Pakistan propaganda. He is always demonizing Pakistan, why exactly did he visit a country he despises so much in first place? He is a Pakistani hating troll and only did this to further his anti-Pakistan agenda.Recommend

  • Vijay
    May 1, 2016 - 8:48AM

    @Supersquel Ghulam Ali, Shaukat Aman skin tone country in demand? U need eyes my friend, eyes. We know how ajmal kasab looked.
    1. Understand concept of cheap labour/capturing market. World is making in China, not because Chinese are talented or expert in innovation. But because of cheap labour. Cheap salary. MNCs have to pay Ten times more of that to locals + taxes+ amenities, losing profile margin. 2. It also helps MNcs capture chinese market by including some random Chinese stuff to advertise/sell capture, gain monopoly over chinese market. Doesn’t make Chinese culture in demand or more imp than USA.
    2. I am glad u find ur people playing the role of side kick, gay, working beside c star in flop movies, or supporting role is considered “demand” in ur country. And that working in 3 odd low budget movies out of in 10000 means captured markets? Whose movies don’t even cross 350 crore. Lol. They come here seek jobs to earn roti, feed family back home. Who are ready to do any role, work in for 5 lakhs low wages, when indians charge 30 crore per movie. This is “demand” for u. lol Recommend

  • Saurabh
    May 1, 2016 - 9:15AM

    @Supersequel West and India didn’t fight four wars, have enmity, bad relations. Pakistan wanted separate state from India in 1947. Saying we can’t live with them. But now all Pakistanis can’t live without staying/going to india, rent flat here, stay here, seek jobs to feed back home, found in Indian pubs 24/7 or plead mercy and seek indian citizenship like saima azhar and ADNAN Sami or thiusand assylum seeker per stay like ghar jamai Shoib malik.
    @ali lie much. Inked was sprayed on indian not pakistani
    @Pk007 roles of gays, cameo, flop movies, working with z lister flop co stars is achievement? U need to increase ur standard. Working in 2 odd movies at slave wage rate when 20000 release a year is laughable. Back to reality my friend.

    @asad. He made bajrangi Bhaijan too. He is director who “directs” not script writer. It’s script writer who wrties story. You are removing ur frustration on wrong guy. You never protested when USA made movie on OBL in abbotabad, but protest when he makes on UN declared mastermind hafeez of 26/11 that is hero to u?
    2. He was invited by Pakistan to attend and speak in karachi conference..its u who have to answer why u invited him, and gave him no security. Recommend

  • Sneha
    May 1, 2016 - 9:27AM

    @shaiban U made a movie called war. Sent an ex foreign Minster to release a book in india not Pakistan, a person with no morals of diplomacy. The one who backstabbed india. One side doing peace talks and slyly do kargil war on the other..who now wants to market his book in india..u want us to welcome such people? After 26/11? He came here to earn money for his book. And many others of Ur people who come here for rozi roti. Kabir Khan went Pakistan on “request” was asked to speak on marketing conference to share his ideas so ur people can learn from exp. He wasn’t there on oersonal visit, he was invited.
    @Nasir Hameed: then don’t invite them to increase ur trp of conference.
    @Midas: U denied visa to Jagjeet singh, Anupam Kher, euphoria music band. Recommend

  • Human lover..
    May 1, 2016 - 9:48AM

    Vinsin, Well said..Recommend

  • chimgaadarr
    May 1, 2016 - 10:19AM

    … shouldn’t have been granted a visa in the girst place … Recommend

  • Ravi
    May 1, 2016 - 12:21PM

    @Faraz Khan: we protest against Pakistani artistes. pakistanis kidnap, rape and convert hindus in Pakistan. Have some sense of proportion when you talk about intolerance. I hope for a better and more tolerant India, but Pakistanis have to abandon their religion altogether to become tolerantRecommend

  • robby
    May 1, 2016 - 2:17PM

    @Unknown: in the meantime, ask your PM not to stop begging or you will not get food to eatRecommend

  • Ali
    May 1, 2016 - 2:56PM

    plz,plz,don’t come to Pakistan,we don’t need raw agents.Recommend

  • Atif
    May 1, 2016 - 5:24PM

    This guy is overacting now.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 1, 2016 - 9:13PM

    Thank You very much for your decision. Stay blessed in India.Recommend

  • Ace
    May 2, 2016 - 11:28PM

    What a joke …. be a man face it like our actors & singers face it almost every week in India :DRecommend

  • Buzzkill
    May 3, 2016 - 12:30AM

    Why go to a failed country anyways!Recommend

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