Bollywood’s super director Kabir Khan was meeting media cameras wearing a black suit over the white full sleeve shirt and a denim jeans. He was in Kochi for participating in the All Lights India International Film Festival. Many movies narrating the stories of India-Pak relations came from him, including Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the latest in the category.
“Sorry to all “. He started his talk by saying sorry to everybody as he was late for the prior fixed time. He sat with a face to face conversation with many persons related to filmy world, students, invited guests and he replied the questions of Hannah Fisher, the film festival consultant, with his usual manner, mixed up with jokes.
Kabir Khan came into the film world as a cinematographer for the documentary directed by Goutam Ghosh for Discovery channel. That was in 1996 and he was only 24 years old. He became an independent short film director in 1999 through the documentary The Forgotten Army. It was a short film on the Indian National Army formed by the great Subhash Chandra Bose. After this he did two more documentaries.
He likes travelling. He got the opportunity to meet the leaders like Yasser Arafat, Fidel Castro, Nelson Mandela. He could report international subjects when he was a press person. He crossed the boundaries of Kashmir, Ladak, Tibet, etc. According to him “Time is a big factor to reach one subject to me and to reach from me to the audience”.
Kabir entered in the big screen by making his directorial talent through the film Kabul Express in 2006. Aditya Chopra was calling him to direct that film. First, he didn’t believe this and he thought it was a prank call to make a joke on him. Aditya Chopra produced the film in Yash Raj Films banner. After this he became the partner of this film banner.
He likes to recollect his experiences when he was in Kabul for a film shooting. He remembers the security facilities arranged by Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan during the shooting time. The president had arranged tight securities, including posting gunmen.
He crafted a relation between India and Pakistan in his most films. In other words, it is an important criteria in his films. The subject of cross border terrorism always comes as a main point in all his movies. In Bajrangi Bhaijaan, he centred the movie around India and Pakistan because he wanted to weave in the political situation between the two countries.
The film Bajrangi Bhaijaan narrates the story of a man with a magnanimous spirit, helping a mute girl from Pakistan return home. ” I really happy and proud that the film paved the way to have a come back of the girl named Gita, to her native land in India” he says.
Salman Khan is the hero in both his films, Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. He said that he used to mingle with Salman Khan and realised that Salman feels very strongly about a few issues, especially how secularism is perceived in India. “As a superstar, what Salman tells, the millions listen. So I thought that what I want to convey, the best medium is Salman”. Kabir Khan opened his relationship chemistry with the superstar Salman Khan.