Karachi: Indian filmmaker Kabir Khan was besieged by angry people at Karachi airport on Wednesday morning for allegedly portraying Pakistan as a “terrorist nation” in his films.
The ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ director was in Karachi for a day-long visit to participate in an event on Tuesday.
As Khan got off from his car at the Jinnah International Airport Karachi, people encircled him and blocked his entrance. Security officials stood mute spectators at the premises. He was at the airport to take a flight to Lahore.
The people reportedly were passengers who resorted to heavy sloganeering like “Pakistan Zindabad” and “Shame Shame” as soon as they saw him entering the airport. A protester also displayed his shoe at him.
The people demanded him to make movies against India’s RAW.
In August last year, a Pakistani court banned the release of his Bollywood movie “Phantom” in the country on a plea filed by JuD chief and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed against it alleging that the film, set on post-26/11 attacks, contains “filthy propaganda” against him and his outfit.
Khan had then said in an interview: “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.”
Kabir Khan flew into Karachi on Tuesday, saying he was happy to be in the port city.
“I’ve just landed, so I haven’t been able to see the city,” Dawn quoted him as telling reporters at a private dinner.
“But it’s lovely (to be here). I was in Lahore some months back, and that was my first time in Pakistan. Now, it’s my first time in Karachi, and I’m really looking forward to it.
“Unfortunately, I’m here only for a day, but I hope to come back again,” he added.
Dawn said Kabir Khan’s no-fuss entry into Pakistan meant that only the celebrities got the opportunity to take selfies with him.
Dawn quoted him as saying that the conference was just an excuse to visit Pakistan and that he hoped to create some long-lasting relationships.
“I haven’t had a concrete conversation about making films together (with Pakistanis), but if we collaborate and do co-productions, it will have a great impact on politics,” he said.
“Our people-to-people contact will sideline the politics.”
“Bajrangi Bhaijaan” had a Pakistani character, played by Harshali Malhotra. “Phantom” was based on the 2008 Mumbai terror attack which was blamed on Pakistani terrorists.
“The purpose of ‘Phantom’ was to show that there are some factions in both countries that will always try to prevent people-to-people contact,” he said.
“I strongly believe that whenever terrorist attacks occur, the media of both our countries create a ruckus, which colours the perception of the people.
“But when a Chand Nawab and a Bajrangi meet, there will always be friendship,” the director said, referring to the characters from “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”.