After the Pakistan court’s decision to ban Kabir Khan’s Phantom following 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s allegation that the film contains “filthy propaganda” against him and his political outfit, the director admits he fears for his safety.
He said, “Thanks to Hafiz Saeed, the world press has descended on me. I just hope my life is not under threat. My wife is genuinely nervous. I hope my country will protect me.”
Meanwhile, Phantom producer Sajid Nadiadwala too has expressed concern over the safety of the entire cast and crew of the film. “It is just a film. A political thriller no doubt, provocative (too) but at the end of the day, it’s fictional. The political angle is part of the script. We don’t claim to follow the political ideology of the characters in the film.”
Filmmakers dealing with politically, socially sensitive subjects have always been prone to safety threats. Greek director Costa-Gavras, Iranian director Majid Majidi and most recently gay activist-filmmaker Pervez Sharma are among those openly threatened because of their films....