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Kabul Express'Kabul Express' promises to be a thriller
13th Dec 2006  09.01 IST
By Agencies  


Kabul Express , the first international feature film to have been shot entirely in Kabul after the end of the Taliban, promises to be a thriller with John Abraham playing a war documentary journalist.

Speaking of his complete off beat, de-glam role, John addressing media persons in Mumbai on Tuesday said, ''I do not believe in falling prey to the commercial dikhtats and I choose my role after looking at the complete story.''




''It was the most outstanding script I have ever read. Today when I see the final product, I am proud to be a part of the film,'' he said.

The film is inspired by director Kabir Khan 's own experiences in Afghanistan as a documentary filmmaker. His encounters with Taliban prisoners were the starting point of the script.

''The cast and crew were sent death threats by the Taliban to stop shooting but the Afghan government provided tight security and enabled the shoot to be completed. On some days, there were more armed soldiers than crew on the location,'' Khan said.

It was shot over a period of 45 days from October to December 2005.

Speaking about Arshad Warsi , Khan said ''For years he was the most under-rated actor in the Indian film industry. Today all filmmakers want to cast him, to be honest even I did so, as I wanted to capture Arshad's subtle but hilarious off screen sense of humour. One of the strongest elements of the film is the underlying humor even as horrific events unfold.''

Set in post-9/11 war-torn Afghanistan, 'Kabul Express' is a kidnap drama that is alternately funny and horrifying. ''This is the story of a unique reluctant bond that develops between people who are otherwise hostile towards each other but are compelled to understand one another in the hour of need,'' Khan said.

Warsi said, ''Afghans are just like us. I did not see much difference. They listen to the same Hindi songs we do and there are a lot of other similarities.''

Produced by Yashraj Films , 'Kabul Express' marks a departure from their usual mainstream larger than life extravaganza, Aditya Chopra said.

''I wanted to come out of my comfort zone of creating popular blockbusters and create a film that connects to a wider, international audience. When I read the script of Kabul Express I knew I had to make this film, and make it now,'' he added.

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