Lesser known facts about Director Kabir Khan

Kabir Khan is now considered one of the finest directors in Bollywood. He is the man behind amazing movies like Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. He loves to create stories on the backdrop of international affairs.

Kabir Khan’s movies are well received by the Audience and also appreciated by the movie critics. Kabir Khan loves to travel a lot and this the reason that his movies are filled with the scenic beauty of locations.

This makes the movie a visual treat for the audience’s eyes. We all know that Kabir Khan is an excellent storyteller and his life is also filled with fancy tales.

He said revealing his filmmaking style that he travels extensively and gets inspiration from the places he visits and people he meets during his journey.


Kabir Khan started his career as a cinematographer at the early age of 25. He was the cinematographer for the Discovery Channel documentary film Beyond the Himalayas that is directed by Gautam Ghosh.

Later on, he directed the documentary ‘The Forgotten Army back in 1999 that was based on the Indian National Army of Subhas Chandra Bose. Before entering the mainstream cinema he directed two more documentaries.


Here, we enlisted some amazing facts about Kabir Khan’s life that help you to know the director just a little better than you know him.

1) Kabir Khan is a relative of Former Indian President


Kabir Khan was born to a north Indian Muslim father and south Indian Hindu mother. His father was a nephew of Dr. Zakir Hussain, India’s President from 1967 to 1969. Even Kabir Khan is married to TV host Mini Mathu, who is a Hindu.


2) He struggled to find a distributor for his first film, Kabul Express


In an interview, he opened up about his struggles to get a producer for his first film. He stated that people appreciated the story but no one was ready to produce the film until he met Aditya Chopra who agreed to take the risk.

3) Kabir Khan has Pathan roots

He has confessed before about his obsession with Afganistan. He thinks it is because of his Pathan roots and a special book by Aldous Huxley that had inspired him to trace his roots.

4) After the events of 9/11, a passenger refused to fly in the same aircraft as him

He confessed all the problems he faced after the events of 9/11 and how traveling abroad wasn’t the same for the director. It was worst when a passenger refused to fly in the same aircraft.

Later on, an FBI agent was called to resolve the matter. After that, Kabir was allowed to take the flight and man was asked to deboard.

5) His visa for the US was denied while shooting for ‘New York’

Since he is a Muslim, his visa to the US was denied while he was shooting for New York. It was Aditya Chopra who used his contacts and ensured that Kabir must go to New York.

6) The origin of Tiger


Kabir got to know about a spy named Tiger during his visits to Afganistan. It was back in 2001 when he overheard the stories of local people and spy named Tiger in Afganistan. Later on, he penned down the stories of Ek Tha Tiger which was played by Salman Khan.

7) When Kabir Khan got stuck in an active minefield

Kabir Khan’s life was full of adventure and risk. He ventured into the fields of Afghanistan to capture the mountain range on his camera completely unaware of the fact that he was in an active minefield and a wrong step could blow him apart.

8) The most life-threatening situation

Kabir Khan has been in various dangerous situations while shooting for his films. One time, he got the near-death experience when he was shooting for a documentary in Bihar.

This documentary was about the gun culture in Bihar, and due to lack of permission, Kabir and the team was shooting it undercover. They witnessed gun-firing and he just missed a bullet. The bullet passed making his hair lift a little.


The roller-coaster life of Kabir Khan reflects well in movies and this is the reason that Kabir Singh movies are so interesting and relatable. We love how he details his movies while directing.

There’s a need for such Bollywood directors who can create commercial entertainment with international affairs. Kabir Khan brings a facet of life to the big screen.