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Escape from Taliban (2003)

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 »


Ujjwal Chatterjee (as Ujjal Chattopadhyaya)


Sushmita Banerjee (book), Ujjwal Chatterjee (screenplay) (as Ujjal Chattopadhyaya) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manisha Koirala ... Sushmita Bannerjee / Sayed Kamal
Nawab Shah ... Jaanbaz Khan (as Nawab Khan)
Vineeta Malik ... Abu
Prithvi Zutshi ... Dranai Chacha
Alyy Khan ... Abdul Malik (as Aly Khan)
Shoorveer Tyagi Shoorveer Tyagi ... Omar Abdullah
Pritam Wadhwa Pritam Wadhwa ... Farid Khan
Ferozeh Ferozeh ... Gulghutti
Krupa Sindhwad Krupa Sindhwad ... Tinni
Vasundhara Zutshi Vasundhara Zutshi ... Sorina
Jahangir Khan ... Kala
Benika Bisht Benika Bisht ... Sadagi
Baby Krupa Baby Krupa ... Tinni
Asha Sharma ... Anuradha
Yusuf Hussain ... Colonel Banerjee


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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A bold hard-hitting realistic movie......
4 January 2015 | by SumanShakyaSee all my reviews

"Escape from Taliban" is based on the true life story of Sushma Baneerjee, a Bengali lady, married to Afgan, who reaches Afganistan, just to witness the atrocities in the land. She has to face stern hardship including humiliation. beatings, and even life threatens from the Talibans, which leaves no other choice than flee from Afganistan. She can't directly contact her house in India or has a passport to cross the borders. The film revolves around her helplessness and her determination to escape from the Talibans. She's captured and faces further torments from her family and the Talibans.

Through out the film I was stunned by the story of atrocities and endurance ladies go through in Afghanistan. Perhaps very few movies have come along with such a riveting and bold true life story on the screen. Perhaps a bit weakly scripted and lacking commercial values, the film may appear slow at times; but at the same time, the film has a certain rawness in its presentation and looks realistic. The songs were unnecessary and were mediocre. The greatest strength of the film is Manisha Koirala's performance, for which the film remains compulsively watchable. Through her character, the film portrays a fearless lady who refuses for any intimidation. Besides, the film projects a realistic and fearful setting of Afgan lands during Taliban insurgency. Overall, such bold and hard hitting movies are rarely made in Bollywood but are sadly unnoticed. For me, it was one of the different and bold movies from Bollywood I've watched in years; and would like to recommend it to anyone who are fond of watching real life stories.

Rating: 2 stars out of 4

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Release Date:

14 February 2003 (India) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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