Born: 1971, Hyderabad
Spouse: Mini Mathur
Upcoming movies: Phantom, Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Kabir Khan is a noted director in Bollywood directed films like Kabul Express and New York and Ek Tha Tiger. He began his career in the 1998 as the cinematographer for the documentary Beyond The Himalayas .it was featured on discovery channel. He ventured into direction with the documentary “ The Forgotten Army”. This one was based on Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National army. Thereafter he directed many other documentaries before beginning direction in films. Kabir has an inclination towards subjects that are related to national issues specially terrorism and the tension in countries like Afghanistan and neighboring countries. In many of his works he has tried to depict different aspects of this tension in these countries. With these subjects in mind, he created documentaries like Taliban Years and Beyond and The Titanic Sinks in Kabul.
His directorial debut came with the film Kabul Express was based on the aftermaths of 9/ 11 attacks in the US. It was about two Indian journalists who venture on the Us attacks hit regions in Afghanistan that were terrified by the possibilities of US invasion and destruction. The film having John Abraham and Arshad Varsi in the lead brought Kabir appreciation from all quarters. Though it did not attract much audience, but it was a critical success.
Kabir’s second venture as director was New York that was also based on a similar theme . It was about three muslim students in the New York played by John Abraham , Neil Nitin Mukesh and Katrina Kaif who suffer unjust discrimination at the hands of American counterparts as an aftermath of 9/11. Kabir Khan excelled as a director at this one too. He was noticed for his vivid and lively treatment of the subject.
Both New York and Kabul Express were produced by Aditya Chopra. Kabir’s association with the Yash Raj Production house proved very fruitful. The association reached new heights when Kabir directed Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Ek Tha Tiger in 2012. The film was a huge commercial success and went on to become one of the highest grossers of all time in Indian cinema. It was criticized a lot by the critics but it was a wholesome entertainer for the masses. But Kabir faced criticism at the hands of the critics who stated that he would waste his talent if he made films like Ek Tha Tiger.
Kabir khan is one of the budding directors in the industry at present whose kitty is full with offers from well known production houses. Kabir is currently working on projects with producer Sajid Nadiadwala. He is directing Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif in Phantom . He is also engaged in the direction of Bajrangi Bhaijaan with Kareena Kapoor and Salman Khan in the lead.
Kabir Khan married Mini Mathur who was a Tv actress and model and Tv show host. The couple has a son and a daughter.