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From Kabul Express to Khuda Gawah, Bollywood films shot in Afghanistan

After the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the interim Taliban government took control of the presidential palace, tightening its decades-old rules on citizens in distress. The alarming situation has drawn worldwide attention, with netizens pressuring the UN to take immediate action. As the landlocked country fights war, Bollywood has, over the years, released several films that would resonate with current situations. But did you know that there are several Bollywood films shot in Afghanistan?

Take a look at the list of Bollywood movies that were filmed in the scenic locations of the country currently at war.

1. Khuda Gawah

Shot in the rocky landscapes of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif, the film was directed by Mukul S. Anand. Released in 1992, Khuda Gawah featured some of Bollywood’s greatest actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi, Nagarjuna, Danny Denzongpa and Kiran Kumar. Shot deep in the picturesque setting of the mountains of Afghanistan, the film follows a man’s quest traveling through Afghanistan to find the killer of his lover’s father. According to a report by DB Pedia, the epic drama is one of the most-watched Bollywood films in the landlocked country.

2. Dharmatma

The first Bollywood film to be shot in the South Asian country, dharmatma featured actors like Feroz Khan, Hema Malini, Rekha and Premnath. Directed by Feroz Khan, the 1975 thriller was loosely based on the popular Hollywood film The Godfather. The film was widely appreciated with its song ‘Kya Khob Lagti Ho’ has become a Hindi classic of Indian cinema.

3. Janasheen

Starring Fardeen Khan and Celina Jaitly in the lead role, Feroz Khan’s Janasheen told the story of a man who fell in love with a violinist with a tragic past. The film is supposedly the first film to be shot in Afghanistan after Taliban rule. Released in 2003, the romantic drama was to be shot for a week in the landlocked country.

4. Kabul Express

Giving insight into life in the war-torn country after Taliban rule, Kabir Khan reported the story of two journalists traveling to Afghanistan to document the lives of citizens. The duo, played by John Abraham and Arshad Wasi, took on the task of preparing a report on the situation after the American invasion in 2001. The film explores the picturesque places of the Panjshir Valley in Afghanistan, Fort Bala Hissar, the Darul Aman Palace and the Green Palace. .

5. Torbaz

Directed by Girish Malik, the film follows a former military doctor, played by Sanjay Dutt, teaching cricket to children in a refugee camp in Afghanistan. However, he soon discovers that there is a child suicide bomber in the camp. Starring Sanjay Dutt, the 2020 thriller also features Nargis Fakhri, Rahul Dev and Rahul Mittra. The film is largely shot in Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan.

6. Agent Vinod

The 2012 actor, along with Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, has several glimpses of the South Asian country. Directed by Pritam, the film follows Agent Vinod who is on a mission to find the reason behind his colleague’s death. Although shot for a few scenes, the film opens with a camp in Afghanistan called Dash-e-Margoh.

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