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Kabul Express glorifies Taliban

In addition to poor attention to details and research, Kabul Express is politically motivated. It is at best, a desperate attempt by Kabir Khan to glorify his fellow Pashtun Taliban as moderates rather than the face we know of them - women haters? Then, it targets Afghanistan?s most persecuted ethnic group - the Hazaras as ?worse than the Taliban? and ?professional robbers?. The Hazaras suffered the most under the extremist Taliban and have suffered the most under the previous Pashtun dominated governments.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2007 18:04 IST
Azad, Kabul, Afghanistan
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Hindustantimes
         

In addition to poor attention to details and research, Kabul Express is totally politically motivated. It is at best, a desperate attempt by Kabir Khan to glorify his fellow Pashtun Taliban as moderates rather than the face we know of them - women haters…

Secondly, it targets Afghanistan’s most persecuted ethnic group - the Hazaras as “worse than the Taliban” and “professional robbers”. The Hazaras suffered the most under the extremist Taliban and have suffered the most under the previous Pashtun dominated Afghan governments.

I, as an Afghan, expected a better message from India and its culturally rich film industry (certainly not in the form of Kabul Express).

This movie is not even close to the likes of previous Bollywood blockbuster shot in Afghanistan, “Khuda Gawah” in 1982.

In a nutshell, it wasn’t worth the wait (and the money)!

First Published: Jan 06, 2007 18:04 IST

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