EXCLUSIVE: “Mughals were the original nation builders; portraying them as murderers is wrong”, says director Kabir Khan : Bollywood News

Just recently ’83 director Kabir Khan was in conversation exclusively with Bollywood Hungama where he spoke about his journey in Bollywood, his films, his experience shooting Kabul Express in Afghanistan and a lot more. But what caught our attention was Kabir expressing his views on the Mughals. When asked what his feedback was on films demonizing the Mughals, Kabir firmly claimed that the Mughals were the original nation builders and portraying them as murderers is wrong.

Talking about his views on the Mughals Kabir Khan added, “I find it I find it hugely problematic and disturbing. What really makes me upset for reason is because it’s being just done to go with the popular narrative. You know, unfortunately, it’s not. I can understand when a filmmaker has researched something, and a filmmaker wants to make a point there. Of course, there can be different viewpoints. You know, I’m saying you want to demonize the moguls, please base it on some research and do it and make us understand why, right. Why they were the villains that you think they were. Because if you do some research, if you read history, it’s very tough to understand why they were why they have to be villainized. I think they were one of the original nation builders, and to just strike them off and just pass off some line saying No, no, no, no the Euro massacre people, they can murder people. They did this. They did that. But what is basing it on? Please point out the historical evidence, please have an open debate.”

Further talking about films that are based on topics that demonize the Mughals Kabir continued, “Just don’t go with a narrative that you think will be popular. And it’s the easiest thing today, right? Just demonizing the moguls and various other Muslim rulers that India had at different points in the history trying to fit them into preconceived sort of stereotypes. It is distressing, I cannot respect those films. Unfortunately, that’s my personal opinion. Of course, I can speak for the larger audiences. But I definitely get upset by those kind of portrayals.”

Meanwhile, on the work front, Kabir Khan will helm Ranveer Singh starter 83. The film is waiting to release in theatres.

Also Read: “83 is the best film I’ve ever made,” says Kabir Khan

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