Intelligence trouble for 'Phantom'?

Sayoni Sinha
India Movies Editorial11 November 2013

Israeli intelligence agencies which are one of the sharpest in the world got tricked by the authenticity of the shoot

Kabir Khan's Phantom which is being shot in Lebanon-Syria border sent the Intelligence team of the country in a tizzy. The film which is being produced by Sajid Nadiadwala was shooting a refuge scene where they had to cross the border and the costumes and looks of the cast were very close to reality that it looked like an actual activity. Since the entire scene was being shot near the border area, the agencies got suspicious of the entire act and came down to check at the shoot location. Sajid who was present for the shoot was very shocked at the intensity of the surveillance since he had gone through the process of getting the permissions for the shoot and even after presenting them to the agencies, they asked to check the entire team. After confirming that it was actually a film shoot in progress and being presented the permission documents, the intelligence agency still surveyed the entire crew of anything suspicious.

When contacted, Kabir Khan 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”. After the grand success of Ek Tha Tiger the Director-actress Kabir Khan and Katrina Kaif will come together. Saif Ali Khan will be playing the male lead opposite Katrina. Katrina Kaif and Kabir Khan were shooting in these areas for second time after Ek Tha Tiger albeit in newer locations.



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