Kabir Khan (director)

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Kabir Khan
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Kabir Khan
Born Kabir Khan
Hyderabad, India
Occupation documentary cinematographer, Film director, screenwriter, film producer
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Kirori Mal College of Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia
Spouse Mini Mathur
Children Vivaan (Son) and
Sairah (Daughter)

Kabir Khan 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), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) and Phantom (2015).[1]

Personal life[edit]

He was born to Muslim Indian father Rasheeduddin Khan who was one of the founding professors of Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he taught Political Science and a Telugu Hindu mother Leela. He also has an elder sister.[2] He is married to TV host Mini Mathur.[3] They have two children Vivaan and Sairah.[4]

He studied from the Kirori Mal College of Delhi University, as well as Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi.[5]

Film career[edit]

Khan started his career at age 25 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.[6]

His most-successful film is Bajrangi Bhaijaan, being the second highest-grossing Indian film globally. The film garnered the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at the 63rd National Film Awards.[7][8]


Year Film Credited as Genre Notes
Director Producer Writer
2006 Kabul Express Green tickY Red XN Green tickY drama 54th National Film Awards:
Winner- Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director
(shared with Yash Raj Films for Aditya Chopra as producer)
2009 New York Green tickY Red XN Red XN thriller
2012 Ek Tha Tiger Green tickY Red XN Green tickY romantic thriller 3rd BIG Star Entertainment Awards:
Winner- BIG Star Most Entertaining FILM OF THE YEAR
(shared with Yash Raj Films for Aditya Chopra as producer)
Nominations- BIG Star Most Entertaining Director
2015 Bajrangi Bhaijaan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY comedy drama 63rd National Film Awards:
Winner- Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
(shared with Salman Khan and Rockline Venkatesh)
Stardust Awards:
Winner- Best Film Of the Year
Big Star Entertainment Awards:
Winner- Most Entertaining Director
Sony Guild Awards:
Winner- Best Film
Winner- Best Screenplay
(shared with K. V. Vijayendra Prasad, Kabir Khan and Parveez Shaikh)
Star Screen Awards:
Winner- Best Film in Popular Choice
Winner- Best Director
Zee Cine Awards :
Winner- Best Film (Viewers' Choice)
Filmfare Awards:
Nominations- Filmfare Award for Best Film
Nominations- Filmfare Award for Best Director
2015 Phantom Green tickY Red XN Green tickY action thriller
2017 Tubelight Green tickY Red XN Sino-Indian War

Frequent actor collaborations[edit]

Actors Kabul Express
New York
Ek Tha Tiger
Bajrangi Bhaijaan
John Abraham Yes Yes
Katrina Kaif Yes Yes Yes
Salman Khan Yes Yes Yes
Roshan Seth Yes Yes
Nawazuddin Siddiqui Yes Yes


  1. ^ "'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' director Kabir Khan: Hanuman doesn't belong to only one community". 
  2. ^ Gupta, Priya. "Kabir Khan: Salman has no complexity and no complex - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  3. ^ "How did Kabir Khan marry Mini Mathur?". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Post New York Kabir Khan busy babysitting Hindustan Times, 7 July 2009
  5. ^ Kabir Khan filmography
  6. ^ "Kabul Express is based on my experiences". Rediff.com. 3 July 2006. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "63rd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Salman and Kareena come together for Bajrangi Bhaijaan". The Indian Express. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 

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