High on risk!

In his over a decade-long career, director Kabir Khan has tried his hand at various genres — spy-action thrillers, human dramas. Kabir said he makes sure to be experimental with his choices as he does not want to be in a “comfortable space”.  

By PTI
  • Published 14.09.18
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Kabir Khan

In his over a decade-long career, director Kabir Khan has tried his hand at various genres — spy-action thrillers, human dramas. Kabir said he makes sure to be experimental with his choices as he does not want to be in a “comfortable space”.  

Kabir stressed he does not want to play safe as a story-teller. 

“For me the point is not to earn money and be safe. To remain safe and make safe films and be successful that can be a boring way of living life. I believe in taking risks: some films work, some don’t. If I think this is what I am good at, then the journey is over for me. I hope till the end of my career I will try to discover myself. I never want to reach a comfortable space,” Kabir told PTI. 

After delivering back-to-back blockbusters Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Kabir’s last two films Phantom and Tubelight did not do well but that does not stop him from taking risks. “When you are successful, you should try different stuff and something that is worthwhile. I feel fortunate that my films are liked by audience.” 

Since starting with Kabul Express in 2006, Kabir has collaborated with stars like Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Saif Ali Khan and John Abraham. He believes the advantage of working with big stars is that they can give a film wider reach. “When you work with stars the story tends to go wider. Bajrangi Bhaijaan would have done well with a small actor but with Salman on board it will just reach out to more people,” he said. 

The director’s next film 83, featuring Ranveer Singh in the lead, is based on India’s first cricket world cup win under Kapil Dev. 

“Two years ago I did not imagine I would make a sports film. We all evolve as individuals. I will be pulled towards different ideas and stories at any given point of a time,” he said, adding that he got attracted to the story as he felt it was a classic underdog story. 

“It is more of a human story. We start shooting early next year. All the actors will get trained as they will be representing iconic players. Apart from Ranveer we have not made any announcements regarding the casting. But we are in talks. There will be actors according to the requirement of the story like, Caribbean and English artistes,” he said. 

There have also been rumours of Kabir teaming up with Akshay Kumar for a film. Neither confirming nor denying the meeting, Kabir said it is natural for directors to talk to a lot of actors but right now he is only focusing on 83.