There are cons of shooting in a volatile war zone like the Lebanon-Syria border but filmmaker Kabir Khan doesn’t let that withhold him from bringing to his audiences a real taste of bold filmmaking. However, this time with his upcoming film Phantom the director alerted the Israeli Intelligence agencies.


A scene in the film required them to cross the border for a refugee scene which made the surveillance agencies utterly suspicious that they came down to the film’s sets to check the credibility of the shoot. Though the Israeli intelligence agencies are considered to be the swiftest and sharpest ever, they were duped this time by mistakenly assuming the shooting for real.

Katrina Kaif and Saif Ali Khan in a still from Phantom
Katrina Kaif and Saif Ali Khan in a still from Phantom

Sajid Nadiadwala, who is producing the film, was left shocked by the intense checking carried out by the officers of the intelligence agencies. Though the film had procured permissions before shooting embarking on it, the on duty envoys searched through anything suspicious on the sets of the film. Only when the officers had rested every single suspicion, they left being assured that it was indeed the shoot of a film.

Confirming the same was director Kabir Khan who said, “We were shooting on the Lebanon-Syria border and had re-created a refugee camp. Intelligence officials got suspicious as we were shooting with military vehicles, jeeps, trucks, real guns and hundreds of people dressed as refugees. We found planes flying over us. We had to clarify that it’s a film shoot. We were called up by the Lebanese military officials to find out where exactly we were shooting as we had taken permission from the Lebanese army to film in certain places.”

Phantom featuring Katrina Kaif and Saif Ali Khan will be a Kabir Khan directorial that is slated for a release in 2014.

Now, enjoy reading on your Android Smartphone. Download the FREE App right here.





Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Check This Out