His latest film, Ek Tha Tiger, is a blockbuster. But director Kabir Khan’s happiness is clouded by the communal disharmony spreading across the country. “The social fabric of a country getting torn is the saddest thing that has happened,” says Kabir, who is married to TV personality Mini Mathur. “For anyone, religion should be a personal matter. It should stay within our hearts and homes and not come out on the street.”
Bollywood director Kabir Khan and choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant on the set of Khan's latest film, Ek Tha Tiger, on Havana's seafront boulevard El Malecon February 15, 2012.
Mini can’t understand why embracing one religion should automatically make one antagonistic towards another. “I go to Mount Mary church whenever I am upset; similarly, I also visit Ajmer Sharif and the Siddhivinayak Temple. Kabir and I belong to different communities but that has never been an issue for us. We have the best of both worlds,” asserts Mini.
Their children — eight-year-old Vivaan and three-year-old Sairah — are exposed to the cultural aspects of both their parents’ religions. “Vivaan’s favourite festival is Eid,” says Mini, to which, Kabir adds with a smile: “But this year, it’s Diwali.” The young boy disagrees: “No, it’s Christmas, I love Christmas trees.”
Kabir points out that besides Islam and Hinduism, their home also has many Buddha statues. “The choice will be my kids’ when they grow up,” he says; adds Mini, “Why should we enforce something on our kids? We both enjoy participating in each other’s religious rituals. They’re fun and make the union richer."
This Eid is special for the director and actor of Ek Tha Tiger — Kabir Khan and Salman Khan — respectively. “Salim uncle (Salman’s father, Salim Khan) came home with the entire family to celebrate ‘chand raat’ (sighting of the moon) on Sunday,” says Kabir. And today, Kabir and his family will visit Salman’s house in Bandra to celebrate Eid. Farah Khan also plans to drop by at the Wanted (2009) actor’s place.
I am working on Eid. I am shooting for a dance reality show, which Sonakshi (Sinha) will feature on to promote Joker. So, my Eid will be at Famous Studios. This time, I haven’t kept roza (fast) because we were busy with the promotions of Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi and Joker. But I will, most probably, drop by at Salman Khan’s party at night.
Every Eid is celebrated with a special lunch at my father’s (Javed Akhtar) place, where all the family members are present. This year too it won’t be any different. The food in itself is a special treat.
Every Eid is special. We celebrate it with our friends and family. This year it’s even more special because bhai’s (Salman Khan) film, Ek Tha Tiger, has done so well. Hamare celebrations par chaar chaand lag jayenge’ (So our celebrations will be grander). But everything else will be the same.