Without taking any names, Kabir said that he had met many people for the film and some of them were self-styled producers who assured they’d make the movie. “No documents were signed, we’d met over coffee, and they declared themselves the producer,” he recalled. Later, when YRF came on board, they took the matter to court and claimed that it was their story. Kabir felt that this was a mistake as the High Court judge said, “Here’s a person who’s spent two years in Afghanistan, has done four documentaries, and then here are you, who’s never been to Kabul. You want me to believe this is your story?”
The case was thus dismissed but Kabir said Aditya Chopra put the might of his legal team behind him for support. He said it was still a very stressful time because it was his first film. “It was depressing in those days. You used to wake up in the morning with a sword hanging over your head.”
Kabir won a National Award for ‘Kabul Express’ and then there was no looking back. Since then, he has given hits like ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. His last film was Ranveer Singh’ starrer ’83 that did not perform well at the box office.