Director - Kabir Khan
Producer - Aditya Chopra
Music Director - Raghav Sachar
Date of Release - 15th December 2006
This year has been a good one for Bollywood. Starting the year with a bang was "Rang De Basanti", continued by "Krrish", "Fanaa", "Omkara", Lage Raho Munnabhai" and to some extent by some unorthodox movies like "Khosla ka Ghosla" and "Pyar Ke Side Effects". (I know I have counted out Dhoom-2). So does Kabul Express meets the expectation and hype surrounding it ? It sure does.
The movie is all about exciting 48 hours which are spent by an Indian Journalist(Sohail Khan played by John Abraham) and his cameraman (Jai Kapoor played by Arshad Warsi) in the war-torn Kabul just after America has toppled the Taliban regime. One of the rare breed of Hindi movies which doesn't contain even a single song (I missed the starting 10 minutes of the movie, so please forgive me if it contained any song) with full marks to director Kabir Khan for keeping the viewer spellbound for flat 120 minutes. In fact one of the few movies which kept me so engrossed, that I regretted when the interval happened.
Coming back to the plot of the movie. The Indian duo above are dying to have an interview with a Taliban and in the process they end up being stuck with a Pakistani, American, Afghan and a Talbian all travelling in the same Vehicle - Kabul Express. Arshad Warsi continues with his Lage Raho Munnabhai form and his one liners gel really well with the movie. His comments on Pepsi/Coke, Imran Khan/Kapil Dev and especially Indian cigarettes look quite natural and don't hamper the flow of the movie. John Abraham is looking good in the movie, but in comparison to Arshad falls a little short. The Afghan driver and the Taliban have also done a commendable job. The locales in which the movies has been shot are excellent and the cameraman and the technical crew have also done a great job.
Overall a good watch, with which I could not find any major flaw and definitely not to be missed.
Rating - 4/5