Kabul Express is the first International feature film to have been shot entirely in Kabul after the end of the Taliban. It was shot over a period of 45 days from October to December 2005. The cast and crew were sent death threats by the Taliban to stop shooting but the Afghan government provided tight security and enabled the shoot to be completed in Afghanistan. On some days there were more armed soldiers than crew on the location. The film is inspired by the director, Kabir Khan’s own experiences in Afghanistan as a documentary film-maker. His encounters and exchanges with Taliban prisoners were the starting point for the script. Kabul Express is his first feature and is a thriller spanning 48 hours involving five individuals – two Indians (John Abraham and Arshad Warsi), a Pakistani (Salman Shahid), an Afghan (Hanif Hum Ghum) and an American (Linda Arsenio). Interestingly, all actors in this film have been cast according to the nationality of the characters.
Jai and Suhel – TV journalists from India in search of the ultimate news scoop: meeting Taliban. Imran Khan Afridi – soldier of the hated Taliban who needs to escape the wrath of the Afghans and run to his country, Pakistan. Khyber, a proud Afghan who has been the destruction of his country over the decades. Jessica Beckham – An American photojournalist ready to risk her life to photograph the Taliban. Five people from different worlds, their paths are destined to cross in a ruthless country devastated by war – Afghanistan. Set in post 9/11 war-torn Afghanistan, Kabul Express is a kidnap drama that is alternately funny and horrifying. This is the story of a unique reluctant bond that develops between people who are otherwise hostile towards each other but are compelled to understand one another in the time that they are forced to share together.