Kabir Khan (director)

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Kabir Khan
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Kabir Khan
Born 1971 (age 42–43)
Hyderabad, India
Occupation Director
Nationality Indian
Alma mater

Kirori Mal College, Delhi University

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Notable works Ek Tha Tiger
Spouse Mini Mathur

Kabir Khan (born 1971) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and cinematographer. He started his career working in documentary films, and then made his feature film directorial debut in 2006 with Kabul Express which was followed by New York (2009) and Ek Tha Tiger (2012).


Documentary films (1996-2001)[edit]

Khan started his career at age 24 as a cinematographer for the Discovery Channel documentary film Beyond the Himalayas (1996) directed by Gautam Ghosh. He then made his own directorial debut with the documentary The Forgotten Army (1999) based on Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army. He then directed two more documentaries before shifting his focus to mainstream cinema.[1]

Association with Yash Raj Films (2006-2012)[edit]

Khan entered the Hindi film industry by directing three films for producer Aditya Chopra under the Yash Raj Films banner. The first of these three films was the action drama Kabul Express (2006) starring John Abraham and Arshad Warsi. The film was a moderate success both critically and commercially.

Khan's second directorial venture was the counter-terrorism thriller New York (2009) starring John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Katrina Kaif, and Irrfan Khan. The film was a major commercial success and earned rave reviews from critics.

Khan's third film for Yash Raj Films was the blockbuster espionage thriller Ek Tha Tiger (2012) starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. It emerged as the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2012, and currently ranks among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all-time.

Upcoming projects (2014-present)[edit]

As of August 2014, Khan has several projects in different stages of development. He is currently filming the last schedule of Phantom, a counter-terrorism drama starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif. The film, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, is set to release in April 2015.

In November 2014, Khan will start filming Bajrangi Bhaijaan featuring Salman Khan (who is also producing the film) opposite Kareena Kapoor Khan. The film is currently slated to release on Eid 2015.[2] Reports have also surfaced of Khan signing Hrithik Roshan for a romantic film produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, which is scheduled to begin filming in July 2015.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Khan is married to TV host Mini Mathur.[4] They have a son and a daughter.[5]



  1. ^ "'Kabul Express is based on my experiences'". Rediff.com. 3 July 2006. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Salman and Kareena come together for Bajrangi Bhaijaan". The Indian Express. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kabir Khan scripts a love story for Hrithik Roshan". Times of India. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  4. ^ How did Kabir Khan marry Mini Mathur?
  5. ^ Post New York Kabir Khan busy babysitting Hindustan Times, 7 July 2009

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