Bollywood actors whose roots go back to Afghanistan

Bhubaneswar: About 150 Indian citizens, who were reportedly arrested by the Taliban this morning, have been released and are now inside Kabul airport. They will soon be airlifted out of war-torn Afghanistan, NDTV reported.

Many Bollywood celebrities have taken to social media to express their fear and sadness over the grim situation after the Taliban seized Afghanistan’s capital Kabul after a week of armed conquest. But did you know that some of these stars are actually of Afghan descent?

SALMAN KHAN

Bhaijaan Salman Khan is predominantly an Afghan, and his great-grandfather Anwar Khan had fled Afghanistan in the 18th century and settled in Indore. His ancestors were Alakozai Pashtuns who are part of the Yusufzai tribe. This was also mentioned in his biography titled Being Salman.

FEROZ KHAN & SANJYA KHAN

They were born to Sadiq Ali Khan, an Afghan Pashtun Tanoli from Ghazni in Afghanistan, and Fatima, of Persian descent from Iran. Their father then moved to Bangalore where the Khan brothers were born. Feroz Khan, Hema Malini, Rekha and Premnath shot their 1975 film, Dharmatma in Afghanistan. He also filmed Janasheen, with his son Fardeen Khan, there.

KADER KHAN

The late actor was born in Kabul. He was an ethnic Pashtun from the Kakar tribe. Her father, Abdul Rahman Khan, was from Kandahar, Afghanistan, while her mother, Iqbal Begum, was from Balochistan, Pakistan. His family then emigrated to Mumbai.

CELINA JAITLY

The actress was born in Kabul, and her first film Janasheen was shot dead in Afghanistan after Taliban rule. Celina’s mother, Meeta, was an Afghan Hindu. She worked as a nurse in the Indian Army, while her father Vikram Kumar Jaitly was a colonel.

WARINA HUSSAIN

She was born on February 23, 1999 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Warina made her Bollywood debut with Loveyatri, which was produced by the production of the film Salman Khan. She often travels to her native country and recently met Afghanistan’s first female consul general, Zakia Wardak.

ARSHI KHAN

Famous Bigg Boss actress Arshi Khan is an Afghani Pathan and her family is from the Yusuf Zaheer Pathan ethnic group. His grandfather had emigrated from Afghanistan and was a jailer in Bhopal. They had moved to India when she was only 4 years old. Arshi is now an Indian citizen.

According to Afghan journalist Mehboobullah, Aamir Khanthe family of is from Herat, Shah Rukh Khanthe paternal grandfather of was also from the region.


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