Kabir Khan is one of the finest directors in the Indian cinema who has given movies like ‘Kabul Express’, ‘New York’, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. Not just these films Khan has also directed many documentaries and short films.
Kabir Khan is very fond of travelling to various places when shooting, filming or doing anything related to a film. He likes to tell the story in such a way that no one can even think of.
The director has come a long way in the Bollywood industry, at the age of 25 he was a cinematographer for the Discovery channel for the documentary film ‘Beyond The Himalayas’.
Here are some things about this director which are completely going to shock you:
1. The director was stuck in an active minefield while shooting for a movie. Kabir was in Afghanistan at that time and he considers this very fortunate that he could trace his footprints back to where he started and he got saved or else it is a fatal situation, once you’re stuck in the minefields. One wrong step and you are blown apart!
2. While shooting in Bihar for a documentary, Khan experienced another near-to-death experience. The story of his documentary revolved around the open fun culture in Bihar. Kabir and his crew were shooting undercover because they did not have permission for it. When they were visiting Pappu Yadav’s village, the director and his crew were caught in a gunfire from all sides. Just then, a bullet passed so close to him that he felt his hair had lifted!
3. Right after the 9/11 blasts in the USA, a passenger had refused to fly with Kabir in the same plane. All this hate for one caste was not easy for him to bear. The situation became worse and the FBI was called in. The man who was creating a ruckus was asked to deboard the flight.
4. Did you know no one was ready to buy his first film, Kabul Express? Yes, it is true because cinema back at that time was not as evolved as it looks now. After lots of trouble, Kabir Khan had approached Aditya Chopra for producing the film and he was willing to take the risk. Since then the duo has collaborated for three projects.
5. Kabir got to know about ‘Tiger’, in Afghanistan. He is obsessed with Afghanistan so much that he is a frequent visitor there and one day he overheard the local people and the Afghani spies speaking about this notorious spy called ‘Tiger’. Then he gathered all the information on the spy and penned down a story which later went on to become a movie, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’.
How interesting did you find his life to be?