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Kabul Express (2006)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | 15 December 2006 (UK)
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A thrilling story spanning 48 hours of five individuals linked by hate and fear but brought together by fate to finally recognize each other.

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Linda Arsenio ...
Jessica Beckham
Wali-o Qhab ...
Mujahidin at pick-up truck
Khader Arya ...
Mujahidin at pick-up truck
Haji Gul Aser ...
Mujahidin at pick-up truck
Abdul Basir Mujahid ...
Mujahidin at pick-up truck
Saeed Meeran Farhad ...
Mujahidin at pick-up truck
Raziq Zargar ...
Mujahidin at pick-up truck
Farooq Baraki ...
Mujahidin commander
Anjamuddin ...
Crippled boy
Hashmatullah Fanai ...
Kibabchi at kibabchani
Sunil Godse ...
Pakistani soldier
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Suhel (John Abraham) and Jai (Arshad Warsi) - TV journalists from India in search of the ultimate news scoop, meeting the Taliban. Imran Khan Afridi (Salman Shahid) - a soldier of the hated and derided Taliban who needs to escape the wrath of the Afghans and run to his country, Pakistan. Khyber (Hanif Hum Ghum) - an Afghan who is as old as the war in his country. Jessica Beckham (Linda Arsenio) - an American photojournalist ready to risk her life to photograph the Taliban. Five people from different worlds, their paths are destined to cross in a ruthless country devastated by war - Afghanistan. This is a thrilling story spanning 48 hours of five individuals linked by hate and fear, but brought together by fate to finally recognize each other. Set in post 9/11 war-torn Afghanistan, KABUL EXPRESS is a kidnap drama that is alternately funny and horrifying. Narrated in a light hearted manner, this is the story of a unique reluctant bond that develops between people who are otherwise ... Written by Official Source

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Two Indians, an American, one Afghan and a Pakistani on a journey together


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Кабульский экспресс  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$142,591, 17 December 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$296,586, 7 January 2007
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The film had four world premieres, in Dubai, London, Pusan and Toronto, at their respective Film Festivals. See more »

Quotes

Khyber: You needn't worry, though. they've pulled this scam so many times, there're no donkeys alive now
Imran Khan Afridi: [deadpan, looking straight at Khyber] Some of them are. They're now drivers.
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Soundtracks

Banjar Revisited
Sung by Krishnakumar Kunnath
Composed by Raghav Sachar
Lyrics by Swaratmika Mishra, Aditya Dhar and Vijay Kumar
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Riding The Kabul Express
17 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Set in a War Ravaged Afghanistan post 9/11, Kabul Express sets off on a journey illustrating the different sides of those involved particularly that of a Pakistani soldier ordered to dutifully fight along side the Taliban in spite of his personal beliefs. We soon learn about the regime and immediately despise the Taliban and its representative, Imran played by Salman Shahid. However, as the story unfolds, both the audience along with journalists played by John Abraham and Arshad Warsi, begin to see Imran's humanity, the cruelty inflicted by either side and discover that soldiers exist to unquestionably follow orders. The film briefly touches on the complication of International politics while painting Pakistan as the bad guy.

Arshad Warsi continues to flex his versatile acting material and maintaining his hold as one of the better actors in Bollywood and Hanif Hum Ghum and Salman Shahid are certainly more than adequate in their supporting roles. Although John Abraham's effort to stretch his acting abilities is admirable, his performance is sterile and evidence suggests he was miscast. Linda Aresenio who portrays the American Journalist Jessica, came across as no more than an amateur actor which was a real shame as these were the two main downfalls of this original feature.

Even though there was scope to create a deeper bond between Imran and the other characters and the end seemed fairly rushed, one much realise this is new territory for Indian cinema and their first step is a respectable one. Kabul Express contains a bit of everything from horror, breathtaking visuals to a good chuckle which is delivered with perfect timing by Warsi. A must see for those that appreciate quality and originality in Bollywood.


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