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Escape from Taliban (2003)

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Sushmita and Jaanbaz live in India, and they are in love. They intend to marry, but Sushmita's family is strongly opposed to the marriage, since Jaanbaz is a Muslim and they are Hindus. But... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sushmita Bannerjee / Sayed Kamal
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Jaanbaz Khan (as Nawab Khan)
Vineeta Malik ...
Abu
Prithvi Zutshi ...
Dranai Chacha
Alyy Khan ...
Abdul Malik (as Aly Khan)
Shoorveer Tyagi ...
Omar Abdullah
Pritam Wadhwa ...
Farid Khan
Ferozeh ...
Gulghutti
Krupa Sindhwad ...
Tinni
Vasundhara Zutshi ...
Sorina
Jahangir Khan ...
Kala
Benika ...
Sadagi
Baby Krupa ...
Tinni
Asha Sharma ...
Anuradha
Yusuf Hussain ...
Colonel Banerjee
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Sushmita and Jaanbaz live in India, and they are in love. They intend to marry, but Sushmita's family is strongly opposed to the marriage, since Jaanbaz is a Muslim and they are Hindus. But Sushmita and Jaanbaz do get married, and Jaanbaz takes her with him to his country--Afghanistan. On the way there, Sushmita is horrified to see mutilated corpses, bomb explosions, and armed militants. She is terrified and asks Jaanbaz to take her back, but Jaanbaz takes her to his home. Jaanbaz's family is delighted with Sushmita and welcomes her. But some members of his family regard her as a non-believer. Soon, Sushmita is given a Muslim name, Sayed Kamal and, later, gives birth to a baby girl. Sushmita's attempts to flee with her daughter are all in vain. Is she destined to live in a country where women have no rights, bear abuse all the time, and cannot even leave the threshold of their dwelling without a male escort? How can one woman and a child escape from the Taliban? Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Tabu was signed for the film but opted out. She was replaced by Manisha Koirala. See more »

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Good one
4 July 2006 | by (United States/India) – See all my reviews

I know from one of Manish Koirala's (lead actress) quotes that she enjoyed doing this role. I think more Indian movies as such should be made in Bollywood. People can get lost in the songs of the movie if they are accustomed to the usual style of bollywood movies. But aside from the music, the plot is very good and manisha koirala's acting is more than satisfactory (her acting in "Agnisakshi" was the best). It is a good portrayal of how women were imprisoned by Taliban more than men in the whole population in Afghanistan. Very believable as opposed to the usual Bollywood plots and good character development. It is a must see in order to understand the relief that people (especially women) must have felt when Taliban was captured. It is also a good example of how God's name can be misused and religions sculpted to suit man's desires.


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