It was an occasion that called for fan mobbing, but Kabir Khan's no-fuss entry into the country meant only the celebs got the opportunity for selfies with the Bajrangi Bhaijaan director.
It was Kabir's first time in Karachi, a visit to speak at Marketing Association of Pakistan's annual marketing conference, MARCON.
"I've just landed, so I haven't been able to see the city," he told reporters at a private dinner hosted by MAP. "But it's lovely [to be here], I'm really happy that I am. I was in Lahore some months back, and that was my first time in Pakistan. Now, it's my first time in Karachi, and I'm really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, I'm here only for a day, but I hope to come back again."
He admits that the conference was just an excuse to visit Pakistan and that he hopes to create some long-lasting relationships:
"I haven't had a concrete conversation about making films together, but if we collaborate and do co-productions, it will have a great impact on politics. Our people-to-people contact will sideline the politics."
When asked to explain the seemingly contrasting agendas of his latest films, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Phantom, he said:
"The purpose of Phantom was to show that there are some factions in both countries that will always try to prevent people to people contact. I strongly believe that whenever terrorists attacks occur, the media of both our countries create a ruckus, which colours the percepton of the people. But when a Chand Nawab and a Bajrangi meet, there will always be friendship."