Director Kabir Khan’s ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ has released to a tremendous response by the audience and mixed to positive reviews from the critics.
The director, who has earlier directed movies like ‘Kabul Express’ and ‘New York’, denied that to direct a movie as enormous as ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ that stars Superstar Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif he had to move out of his comfort zone.
“ETT is completely in my comfort zone. There is nothing in the film that I haven't done before. It is just that it is a bigger and a larger film. Every script and story demands its own treatment and my film had to be on a big scale. We have travelled across five countries and nine cities because the film unfolds in a certain manner that required travel to so many destinations,” said Kabir Khan in an interview with a daily.
While many directors prefer to work with big stars, some feel that working with stars can be disadvantages as the expectations and hype around the movie sky rocket which might lead to its downfall. But director Kabir Khan feels otherwise.
“I believe that having a superstar has its advantage. I could make the film the way I wanted -- there wasn't any pressure of budget or trying to hold back in any situation. When you have a superstar you are assured of a bigger budget and a bigger mandate. It's been a great asset to have Salman in the film. The character Tiger is a legend in the world of intelligence so you need a persona like Salman's, which is larger than life in real life too,” he said.
Director, who has worked with Salman Khan for the first time said, that working with Salman Khan was a great experience.
“There are too many preconceived notions about Salman in this industry. Maybe people did have certain experiences with him but I believe people react to different people in a different way. I had a great time working with Salman,” said Kabir Khan.
“He brought a lot to the table. He went into the background of the film, wanted to know a lot about the backdrop etc. He loved the character and the story and that's the reason why he said yes. For me, it was a win-win situation,” he concluded.