‘Phantom’ director Kabir Khan besieged at Karachi Airport, faces shoe-wielding protest
New Delhi: Bollywood film maker Kabir Khan today faced protest at Karachi Airport in Pakistan. He had visited there for a day-long visit to attend a marketing seminar.
Kabir had arrived at the airport to take a flight to Lahore. However the moment he stepped out of the car he was surrounded by shoe-wielding angry protesters who started shouting ‘Shame! Shame!’ and anti-India slogans.
Reportedly, the protestors were annoyed with the director for allegedly portraying Pakistan as a “terrorist nation” in his last year’s release Phantom.
“You people send Jhadav and kill hundreds here, why don't you make a movie about it,” a protester asked Kabir. They even asked the director to make movie against India’s RAW.
Kabir didn’t react to the protest against him and made his way straight to the lounge. However, the director took it Twitter to speak about the incident and urged the media not to give any attention to it.
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
— Kabir Khan (@kabirkhankk) April 27, 2016
Kabir Khan, whose last release ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ received an overwhelming response in Pakistan, face this brunt because of ‘Phantom’.
Starring Saif Ali Khan and Katirna Kaif, 'Phantom' revolved around the tragic November 26 Mumbai attacks at the Taj Hotel. The movie raised uproar at the time of its release as well. In fact, Hafiz Saeed, also filed a plea against the movie alleging that it contains filthy propaganda against him and his outfit. Phantom was banned in Pakistan after this.
However Kabir had clarified his stand in an interview, saying, “His (Saeed’s) statement says its propaganda against him and Pakistan. By including Pakistan, he’s trying to become the face of Pakistan. My film takes a stand against those behind 26/11 but isn’t negative to the people of Pakistan. He’s trying to put the two together while the film separates the two.”