Kabir Khan's tryst with camera began with a documentary for the Discovery channel, Beyond The Himalayas, in 1996. He went on to direct few more documentaries before making his Bollywood debut with Kabul Express in 2006. And that's exactly where, Kabir claims, his love for realism roots from.
To a question on the kind of films he makes and the ones he loves watching, Kabir says, "I've always struggled to see films second a vacuum or with absolutely no context. Not that I hate them but I have never been able to enjoy those kind of films. Anytime there's a film with a context, I've enjoyed it. A Mani Ratnam film is something I have always cherished. I love films by Mani Ratnam and Raju Hirani. Munnabhai was one of the most political films ever made. It's not about hard politics that parties play out, but about the social implications. Guru Dutt and Raj Kapoor always had social commentaries in their movies."
"So when I got a chance to make mainstream cinema, I thought let me follow the path because every director makes films he or she wants to watch..there is no other person we know any better," he adds.
Read: Phantom has been a learning experience, says Katrina
Read: Is anti-Pakistan sentiment no longer a Bollywood gimmick?