Kabir Khan remembers capturing Kabul Specific in Afghanistan: ’60 armed commandos landed up on our doorstep’


Filmmaker Kabir Khan spent loads of time in Afghanistan when he was engaged on documentaries. However, when he went to the nation to shoot his first Bollywood movie, Kabul Express (2006), Kabir obtained a loss of life menace from the Taliban.

In a latest interview with Mashable’s The Bombay Journey, Kabir recalled how he and his crew had been warned a couple of loss of life menace 14 days into the shoot of Kabul Specific. He mentioned, “The Indian ambassador known as us and requested, ‘Kya kar rahe ho?’ (What are you doing?) We informed him we’re capturing our movie. So, he informed us to come back to his workplace as soon as we’re achieved. We packed up the shoot that day and went to satisfy him. After we reached there, there was the Indian ambassador and an Indian army attache. They informed us that the American, the Afghan and our intelligence have informed us there’s a credible loss of life menace on you, your actors and your movie unit. 5 individuals have been despatched by a unit throughout the border in Pakistan to hit out at your unit. ‘Khoon sookh gaya ye solar kar (I used to be numb on listening to this).”

Kabir Khan first despatched the movie’s lead actors John Abraham and Arshad Warsi again to Bombay and locked his movie’s unit in a well-secured lodge. Whereas he was fascinated with returning to India as he couldn’t danger his crew’s life, the Afghans stepped up. “Afghans took it personally and mentioned ‘How can the Taliban cease your capturing?’ The Afghan safety minister got here and mentioned if you happen to return to India tomorrow, it could be our defeat,” the filmmaker recalled.

In the meantime, Kabir additionally received a name from the movie’s producer Aditya Chopra who promised him that even when he returns to India, the manufacturing of his debut Bollywood movie is not going to cease. “He mentioned within the historical past of Yash Raj, no movie has stopped mid-production and yours is not going to be the primary,” Kabir shared.

And, when Kabir Khan determined to remain again, the Afghans did every part to make sure the safety of the Kabul Specific’ crew. “60 armed commandos landed up on our doorstep armed by the Afghan requirements. Within the morning, we’ll depart with 40-45 SUVs. On our method, each window had a gun popping out of it, that’s how we reached our units. Solely I knew the place we had been capturing and the others used to observe me. There was no name sheet,” the filmmaker revealed.

Kabul Specific, launched in 2006, was loosely based mostly on Kabir and his pal Rajan Kapoor’s experiences in Afghanistan.

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