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Kabul Express (2006)

 -  Action | Comedy | Drama  -  15 December 2006 (UK)
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The attention of the world is focused, after the terrorist attacks in U.S.A. of 11Sep01, on Afghanistan - a country that has been torn by war for the last 23 years, and has had no media ... See full summary »

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Suhel Khan
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Jai Kapoor
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Imran 'Talib' Khan Afridi / Subedar Major Jan Mohammed
Hanif Hum Ghum ...
Khyber
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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The attention of the world is focused, after the terrorist attacks in U.S.A. of 11Sep01, on Afghanistan - a country that has been torn by war for the last 23 years, and has had no media coverage for the last 6, mainly due to it being occupied by the Pakistan-sponsored Taliban, with Pakistani military personnel themselves involved amongst the Taliban. But when the U.S. and it's coalition forces target Osama Bin Laden, Pakistan issues an official denial that there are no more Pakistani military personnel in Afghanistan. This results in a influx of journalist and media from all around the world. Amongst this background a loyal soldier, Subedar Major Jan Mohammed of the Pakistan Border Regiment, estranged from his daughter, Zorya, who detested the Taliban, is now on his way back to the Pakistani border, and in order to do this he has taken four hostages: Jessica Beckham of Reuters; Jai Kapoor and Suhel Khan - two Indian journalists; and their Afghan guide, Khyber. Together he herds them ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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


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£49,928 (UK) (15 December 2006)

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Inspired by director Kabir Khan's experiences and encounters in Afghanistan with Taliban prisoners. See more »

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Imran Khan Afridi: My name is Imran Khan Afridi
Jai Kapoor: That's a pretty powerful name, "Imran Khan". You play cricket?
Imran Khan Afridi: Is every Indian named 'Sachin' a batsman?
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Banjar Revisited
Sung by Kay Kay
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 (United Kingdom) – 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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