‘Cin­ema can’t help fight ter­ror­ism’

Film­maker Kabir Khan, who di­rected many films with con­flict at the cen­tre of the plot, says cin­ema can’t be a cru­sader

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Be it Kabul Ex­press (2006), New York (2009) or his lat­est film Phan­tom, di­rec­tor Kabir Khan’s (above) films have openly dis­cussed ter­ror­ism, but the di­rec­tor says that cin­ema can­not com­bat this grow­ing global men­ace. “Cin­ema can’t be car­ry­ing cru­sades; it is ul­ti­mately the per­spec­tive of in­di­vid­ual film­mak­ers. If I feel strongly against ter­ror­ism, then I will ex­press it. But I don’t know if I will try and muster more film­mak­ers into making films against ter­ror­ism,” he says.

“Cin­ema can help in making peo­ple think about is­sues and dis­cuss and de­bate. It helps in throw­ing up cer­tain ques­tions. But it can’t di­rectly help in fight­ing ter­ror­ism. I think that would be giv­ing cin­ema a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he adds.

With the theme of ter­ror­ism, comes a lot of ac­tion, which is vis­i­ble in all of Kabir’s movies. The Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan di­rec­tor says his films may have been high on ac­tion, but he has never glo­ri­fied violence through them. “There is a lot of violence be­ing used in Bol­ly­wood films, and some­times they glo­rify it in a cer­tain way. It is a very tricky space. Some­times to ap­peal to the youth, you can eas­ily cross the line and go into a space where you would rather not ven­ture. Ul­ti­mately, it is left to in­di­vid­ual film­mak­ers to de­cide where he or she draws the line,” he says.

Kabir started his ca­reer work­ing on doc­u­men­tary films based around Afghanistan. He then made his fea­ture film di­rec­to­rial de­but in 2006 with Kabul Ex­press, which was partly in­spired by his ex­pe­ri­ences in war-torn Afghanistan. The di­rec­tor says even though he has now be­come an es­tab­lished Bol­ly­wood film­maker, he still might one day go back to making just doc­u­men­taries. “When I was do­ing doc­u­men­taries, there was no plat­form for them in In­dia. I wanted my work to reach the main­stream au­di­ence, so I shifted to films. But I can still one day take the cam­era, go some­where and get back to making doc­u­men­taries,” he says.

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