Kabir Khan is now considered one of the best directors in Bollywood. He is the man behind amazing films like Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. He likes to create stories on the background of international affairs.
Kabir Khan’s films are well received by the audience and also appreciated by the film critics. Kabir Khan loves traveling and that is why his films are filled with the natural beauty of places.
This makes the film a visual treat for the audience’s eyes. We all know that Kabir Khan is an excellent storyteller and his life is also full of fancy stories.
Revealing his filmmaking style, he said that he travels extensively and draws inspiration from the places he travels and people he meets during his travels.
Kabir Khan started his career as a cinematographer at the age of 25. He was a cinematographer for Discovery Channel’s documentary film Beyond the Himalayas, directed by Gautam Ghosh.
Later, he directed the 1999 documentary, The Forgotten Army, which was based on Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army. He directed two more documentaries before entering mainstream cinema.
Here, we have listed some amazing facts about Kabir Khan’s life which helps you to know the director as much as you know him.
1) Kabir Khan is a relative of former Indian President
Kabir Khan was born to a North Indian Muslim father and a South Indian Hindu mother. His father, the President of India from 1967 to 1969, Dr. Zakir was Hussein’s nephew. Even Kabir Khan is married to TV host Mini Mathu, who is a Hindu.
2) He struggled to find a distributor for his debut film, Kabul Express
In an interview, he opened up about his struggle to get a producer for his first film. He said people appreciated the story, but no one agreed to produce the film until he met Aditya Chopra, who agreed to take the risk.
3) Kabir Khan has Pathan roots
He has already confessed about his obsession with Afghanistan. He thinks this is due to his Pathan roots and a special book by Aldous Huxley that inspired him to trace his roots.
4) After the events of 9/11, a passenger refused to fly in the same plane as him
He acknowledged all the problems he faced after the events of 9/11 and traveling abroad was not the same for the director. Worse, a passenger refused to fly in the same plane.
An FBI agent was later called to settle the case. After that, Kabir was allowed to fly and the man was asked to board the ship.
5) During the shooting of ‘New York’ his visa to the US was denied
Since he is a Muslim, his visa in the US was denied when he was shooting in New York. It was Aditya Chopra who used his contacts and ensured that Kabir should move to New York.
6) Origin of Tiger
Kabir came to know about a spy named Tiger during a trip to Afghanistan. It was back in 2001 when he heard the stories of the local people and the story of a spy named Tiger in Afghanistan. Later, he finished the stories of Ek Tha Tiger, played by Salman Khan.
7) When Kabir Khan got trapped in an active mine
Kabir Khan’s life was full of adventure and risk. He captured the mountain range on his camera in the fields of Afghanistan, completely unaware of the fact that he was in an active minefield and a wrong move might tear him apart.
8) The most life-threatening situation
Kabir Khan has been in many dangerous situations during the shooting of his films. Once upon a time, he experienced near death during the shooting of a documentary in Bihar.
The documentary was about gun culture in Bihar, and Kabir and the team were shooting it undercover for lack of permission. He saw the gun firing and he missed just one bullet. The bullet passed, raising his hair slightly.
Kabir Khan’s roller-coaster life is reflected well in films and that is why Kabir Khan’s films are so interesting and believable. We love how he details his films while directing.
There is a need for Bollywood directors who can create commercial entertainment along with international affairs. Kabir Khan brings an aspect of life to the big screen.