Bollywood Director Kabir Khan, well-known for movies like Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Ek tha Tiger was recently in Karachi, Pakistan to speak at MARCON, the Marketing Association of Pakistan’s annual marketing conference. Before leaving for Pakistan, he had even tweeted about how excited he was to visit the neighboring country. He reached Quaid-e-Azam, the Karachi International Airport, on April 27, 2016. However, to his utter shock, as soon as he entered the airport, the director was horribly insulted and verbally attacked by an angry mob!

Kabir Khan attacked at Karachi Airport

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A man appeared out of nowhere, accusing him of making anti-Pakistan movies, all the while shouting insults, and also challenging him to make a film on Muslims who are killed in India. By then, several others had also joined in, shouting “shame shame”. The situation kept escalating as the mob shouted “Pakistan Zindabad” and several anti-Indian slogans, demanding to know why he didn’t make movies showing the role played by the Indian intelligence agency, RAW, in Pakistan.

Kabir Khan attacked at Karachi Airport

Picture Source Kabir Khan attacked at Karachi Airport

At one point, one of the protestors even waved his shoe at him, while another said, “You people send Jhadav and kill hundreds here. Why don’t you make a movie about it?”, referring to the alleged RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav who was recently arrested in Pakistan. In spite of it being an international airport, not a single security personnel or police official intervened, however, Kabir eventually managed to get inside the departure lounge, after which, the protest died down.

You can see the video of the protesters heckling Kabir below.

Although his movie “Bajrangi Bhaijan” had received an extremely warm response in both India and Pakistan, “Phantom” and “Ek Tha Tiger” were both banned in Pakistan at the time of their release. Phantom, based on a novel by S. Hussain Zaidi, was a movie about a retired Indian Army officer on a mission to take out Pakistani terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed, and had faced a lot of flak for allegedly portraying Pakistan as a “Terrorist Nation”. Kabir had repeatedly defended both his films tirelessly in the past, but in this instance, the exasperated filmmaker refused to comment on the issue, choosing to use Twitter to send out an appeal instead, which started trending in no time.

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