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Apr 12, 2007

Kabul Express

Directed by Kabir Khan, Kabul Express takes us on a roadtrip with five travellers across the barren landscape of post-Taliban Afganistan. The Taliban has just been ousted and the country is in shambles. Two Indian journalists, played by John Abraham and Arshad Warsi reach Afganistan to cover the events following Taliban's exit and American occupation. They run in to an American journalist, played by Linda Arsenio. They have an Afgani driver-guide, who is the fourth main character. Salman Shahid, a Pakistani actor portrays an ex-Tliban with Pakistani military roots.

It is hard to believe that the film came out from Bollywood, from Yashraj Films, it has a dry subject matter befitting the times and people it portray but very much unlike what is the typical Bollywood fare. For me it was totally unbelievable that the people who brought Dilwaale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, the mushiest Bollywood romantic hit of all time has tried their hands at an almost documentary like feature film.

The only glitches, minor though, are - Abraham and Warsi looked too polished for journalists in a war zone. The script, thought I do not exactly pinpoint what it is, lacked a certain something. All in all it is a quite different movie to come out of Bollywood lately