Kabir Khan recalls shooting Kabul Express in Afghanistan: ’60 armed commandos landed up on our doorstep’

MD Merajul IslamMay 13, 2022

Filmmaker Kabir Khan spent plenty of time in Afghanistan when he was engaged on documentaries. However, when he went to the nation to shoot his first Bollywood movie, Kabul Express (2006), Kabir acquired a demise risk from the Taliban.

In a current interview with Mashable’s The Bombay Journey, Kabir recalled how he and his group had been warned a couple of demise risk 14 days into the shoot of Kabul Categorical. He mentioned, “The Indian ambassador known as us and requested, ‘Kya kar rahe ho?’ (What are you doing?) We advised him we’re capturing our movie. So, he advised us to return to his workplace as soon as we’re finished. We packed up the shoot that day and went to satisfy him. Once we reached there, there was the Indian ambassador and an Indian navy attache. They advised us that the American, the Afghan and our intelligence have advised us there’s a credible demise risk on you, your actors and your movie unit. 5 folks have been despatched by a unit throughout the border in Pakistan to hit out at your unit. ‘Khoon sookh gaya ye solar kar (I used to be numb on listening to this).”

Kabir Khan first despatched the movie’s lead actors John Abraham and Arshad Warsi again to Bombay and locked his movie’s unit in a well-secured lodge. Whereas he was interested by returning to India as he couldn’t threat his group’s life, the Afghans stepped up. “Afghans took it personally and mentioned ‘How can the Taliban cease your capturing?’ The Afghan safety minister got here and mentioned should you return to India tomorrow, it will be our defeat,” the filmmaker recalled.

In the meantime, Kabir additionally obtained a name from the movie’s producer Aditya Chopra who promised him that even when he returns to India, the manufacturing of his debut Bollywood movie is not going to cease. “He mentioned within the historical past of Yash Raj, no movie has stopped mid-production and yours is not going to be the primary,” Kabir shared.

And, when Kabir Khan determined to remain again, the Afghans did every thing to make sure the safety of the Kabul Categorical’ group. “60 armed commandos landed up on our doorstep armed by the Afghan requirements. Within the morning, we’ll go away with 40-45 SUVs. On our means, each window had a gun popping out of it, that’s how we reached our units. Solely I knew the place we had been capturing and the others used to observe me. There was no name sheet,” the filmmaker revealed.

Kabul Categorical, launched in 2006, was loosely primarily based on Kabir and his buddy Rajan Kapoor’s experiences in Afghanistan.


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