Yash Raj’s Kabul Express at Casablanca fest


MUMABI: Yash Raj Films’ Kabul Express has been invited to be a part of Africa‘s Casablanca Film Festival. The 3rd edition of the festival, CASA CINE, takes place from 31 October to 6 November, 2007.


With a selection of 73 films including features, documentaries and children films, shown in six different cinemas of the city of Casablanca, Casa Cine is one of the most important cinema events in Morocco.


CASA CINE will present 20 Moroccan films, 20 European films, 10 Arab films, 10 films from US and 10 films from Asia. Along with a selection of movies awarded in the most prestigious festivals, CASA CINE will this year give a special tribute to actor John Abraham (following on the heels of the tribute to Rani Mukherji in 2005), French actor and filmmaker Roschdy Zem, Morrocan  filmmaker Saâd Chraïbi and Egyptian actress Nelly Karim.


Kabul Express, the screening of which forms part of the tribute to John Abraham, was released in India in December 2006. It details the story of a couple of Indian journalists who are forced into an incident filled road trip across the country by a Pakistani member of the Taliban. Accompanying them are an American photo-journalist and their Afghan guide. As the road twists and turns, so does the story as the five diverse passengers of the jeep Kabul Express, understand their commonalities in a country beset by differences.


The film stars Abraham and Arshad Warsi with American actress Linda Arsenio, Pakistani actor Salman Shahid and Afghan actor Hanif Hum Ghum filling out the main roles. The film was directed by Kabir Khan and was based on the director’s own experiences shooting documentary films in post Taliban Afghanistan.


Kabul Express will be screened on the 3 November at the Sidi Moumen cinema. Also screening will be another Yash Raj Film, Dhoom on 4 November at the cinema Le Mirage.