Kabir Khan, journalist in verbal spat at ‘Phantom’ trailer launch

Mumbai, July 25 (IANS) Director Kabir Khan got into a heated argument with a journalist, “offended” by certain comments of his, at the trailer launch of Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif-starrer “Phantom” here on Saturday.

Kabir expressed unhappiness with the mindset here that terrorists are directly coming from Pakistan and said this was not true. “People to people friendship can’t happen as long as these extremist elements exist in either country. And these elements have to be eliminated for both the countries to get along peacefully.”

A journalist took exception to this statement and shouted at Kabir, who shouted back at the journalist.

“First do not talk to me like that. I do not appreciate it. Come over here, let me see your face and have a normal conversation. Do not get into all these talks.

“If you’re getting into screaming, shouting and frothing, then I’m not going to get into this discussion,” he said.

The director however cooled down more and said: “If you make this discourse a bit more civil, then I’m ready to talk to you. Why are you screaming like that. Calm down, have some water.”

The irate journalist was repeatedly asking him to identify “the terrorist elements in India” but Kabir stressed he did not use the word “terrorist” but “extremist” for such elements.

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