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In yet another feather in the cap for Yash Raj Films, ‘Kabul Express’ has been invited to be a part of Africa’s most prestigious film festival - the Casablanca Film Festival. The 3rd edition of the festival, CASA CINE, takes place from 31st October to 6th November, 2007. With a selection of 73 films including features, documentaries and children films, shown in 6 different cinemas of the city of Casablanca, Casa Cine is one of the most important cinema event 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 Indian actor John Abraham (following on the heels of the huge success of the Tribute to Rani Mukerji 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 to wide critical acclaim. 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 photojournalist 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 Indian stars John 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. On its release, the unusual story line and strong performances were widely praised by Indian reviewers and the film was held up as another example of the commitment to unique cinema that typifies Yash Raj Films productions.
‘Kabul Express’ will be screened on the 3rd of November at the cinema Sidi Moumen. Also screening will be another Yash Raj Film, ‘Dhoom’, on the 4th of November at the cinema Le Mirage.
Screenings schedules for the films ‘Dhoom’ and ‘Kabul Express’:
Dhoom: 4th November 2007, at cinema « Le Mirage »
Kabul Express: 3rd November 2007, at cinema « Sidi Moumen »