Yash Raj’s Kabul Express to be screened at Toronto International Film Festival

After Karan Johar’s film Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna was selected for a screening at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) , its now the turn of Yash Raj production Kabul Express which is slated to make its presence felt at the TIFF. The film which has been directed by Kabir Khan stars John Abraham and Arshad Warsi in lead roles. The film will be a part of the Special Presentation Program and will be screened under the category of ‘Artistic and Daring Cinema from around the world’.
Kabul Express has been shot in Kabul in Afghanistan under extremely tight security. Arshad and John play two television journalists who go to Kabul to meet the Taliban terrorist outfit post the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Director Kabir was earlier shooting for a documentary film in Kabul when the idea for making Kabul Express was developed. The film basically deals with two days in the lives of five different people who come from different cultural backgrounds and how they deal with a situation in the war torn Afghanistan.

Kabul Express is basically a thriller and an anti-war film which deals with a car drive and a highly volatile situation in Afghanistan. Director Kabir is a noted documentary filmmaker and has shot several docu-dramas in Afghanistan. Kabir Khan claims that the script of the film basically involves his experiences in Kabul which he has recorded over the past years. The film being a realistic film is devoid of any songs. There will be three other Indian films that will be screened at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival. The other films include Chitra Palekar’s Maati Maay (A Grave keeper’s Tale), Rajnesh Domalpalli’s Vanaja and Paban Kumar’s documentary A Cry In The Dark.

Last year Deepa Mehta’s Water was screened at the opening of the TIFF and hence received a great response. The TIFF holds high value for the North American market and the festival will run from September 7 to September 16, 2006.