Director Kabir Khan, who started his career with ‘Kabul Express’, gave hits like ‘New York’, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ at the box office. Kabir spoke openly on the situation in today’s country.
There was also much controversy over the independence demanded by the Azad Hind Fauj. Today there is a section in the country, which is demanding independence in a different way, how do you see it?
My aim is that you first know what happened today. Do not make assumptions with your mind. Today people say different kinds of things about the gang in pieces, I say, try to know that when he says that we want freedom, from whom he is asking for freedom. In which context, no one wants to know, but the judge has to do it. Immediately everyone starts saying that it is national and it is antinational. I say antinational is one who does not listen to others. Who wants to suppress the way of opposition of others. What is truth The truth of you and others is not the same.
Your very emotional statement has come on the protest of Jamia University student, what do you feel about this?
I don’t say all these things on Twitter or Instagram, but when I am asked a question, I do answer it, because I don’t want to tweet to prove an issue. I speak because I feel pain. I saw Jamia’s students coming up that day, I felt as if something had broken in me, because I was once on those streets, I was also a student there. I thought how could this happen, this is my university, when I see that the goons are entering there with sticks. I grew up there, my father was the founding professor of JNU. I have lived there for 10 years. Today 50 goons are entering and watching, hitting them with sticks. Which world, which country are we living in? When you see something like that, then obviously you are in pain. I would like to tell everyone that, whether it is a creative person or a non-creative person, if you feel that something is going wrong in your country, then you speak. Whether it is right or wrong. The other man can debate and speak to you, but cannot suppress your protest. This is not a democracy. Democracy is that any person, irrespective of the section, if he feels something is wrong, he has every right to speak. You too have the right to answer, but that too in a right way. Since when did the government show the country, 56 governments have come and 56 will come, but India will always be there.
What is your mental condition in the kind of situation today?
We are all human beings and we all feel insecurity at some point. If we have a feeling of optimism, then we can live on it. Otherwise everything else will start to look dark, because we are creative people. We can bring hope from our work. The way we talk and choose stories can create a ray of hope. We have to keep an optimistic view.
All your films have been hits, but according to you what went wrong in the film ‘Tubelight’?
I made ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ with the same perspective and ‘Tooblight’ with that. People liked the ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ style and the ‘Tubelight’ one might not. The view is the same there. If you doubt it, you will drown. I believe that no matter what your gut feeling never leave. You always walk and stay on it.
Recently was Kapil Dev’s birthday, your film ’83’ is based on him and winning the World Cup.
Kapil sir is like we have adopted (laughs). Like we have entered their house. He is a very special person, he talks a lot. Because of him, today this film is being made ’83’. Me and Ranveer (Singh) have come to live in his house. ’83’ has been a very special and inspiring journey. The film is not about the team but the story of the emergence of a country. The victory of 83 on the international platform was the greatest achievement and success since our independence. People’s attitude changed after that day. Till that day we were second class citizens and after that he started speaking, are you Indian? It became cool to be an Indian that day, as we had become world champions. He is very strong in my film. The story of the team is there, but when you watch the film, you will see many more layers.