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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 Vineeta Malik ... Abu
Prithvi Zutshi 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 Jahangir Khan ... Kala
Benika Benika ... Sadagi
Baby Krupa Baby Krupa ... Tinni
Asha Sharma Asha Sharma ... Anuradha
Yusuf Hussain 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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Hindi | English | Urdu

Release Date:

14 February 2003 (India) See more »

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ESC Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Tabu was signed for the film but opted out. She was replaced by Manisha Koirala. See more »


References Safar e Ghandehar (2001) See more »

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Name study for Muslim countries
10 July 2010 | by maqsood-kocks-mesSee all my reviews

the prefix "Sayed" is dedicated to Muslim male who has the family tree leading to Muhammad (PBH). And the name Kamal is for sure a male name. I would like to suggest the movie makers and writers to study a regions regular names for women and men prior to starting making a movie. The color yellow which causes symptoms in Rizwan khan is not a "must be" color. it can be anything like a voice, a color, a scene, or a smell. The movie is a bit of double cutting knife. in some scene it shows how a good hearted person can change the consequence and in some, it cuts back that prayer cant stop an incoming worse. in a scene when Rizwan buys sport shoes for his son, after his death, he wears the same shoes, i wonder how can both size of a mature man like Rizwan and a 10-12 yo boy would match.

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