Escape from Taliban (2003)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 46 mins

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Sushmita and Jaanbaz live in India, and they are in love. They intend to marry, but Sushmita's family is strongly opposed to the marriage, since Jaanbaz is a Muslim and they are Hindus. But Sushmita and Jaanbaz do get married, and Jaanbaz takes her with him to his country--Afghanistan. On the way there, Sushmita is horrified to see mutilated corpses, bomb explosions, and armed militants. She is terrified and asks Jaanbaz to take her back, but Jaanbaz takes her to his home. Jaanbaz's family is delighted with Sushmita and welcomes her. But some members of his family regard her as a non-believer. Soon, Sushmita is given a Muslim name, Sayed Kamal and, later, gives birth to a baby girl. Sushmita's attempts to flee with her daughter are all in vain. Is she destined to live in a country where women have no rights, bear abuse all the time, and cannot even leave the threshold of their dwelling without a male escort? How can one woman and a child escape from the Taliban?

Cast: Manisha Koirala, Nawab Shah

Crew: Ujjwal Chatterjee (Director), Vivek Banerjee (Director of Photography), Vanraj Bhatia (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Thriller, War

Release Dates: 14 Feb 2003 (India)

Hindi Name: एस्केप फ्रॉम तालिबान

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Did you know? Tabu was signed for the film but later opted out. Manisha Koirala replaced her. Read More
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as Sushmita Bannerjee / Sayed Kamal
as Jaanbaz Khan
as Sawali
as Asam Chacha
as Abdul Malik
as Anuradha
as Guncha
as Kala
as Tinni
as Sultan-bibi
as Farid Khan
as Dranai Chacha
as Rammajan
as Pablu
as Nalesira
as Jalil
as Siddique
as Indian embassy staff
as Sorina
as Abu
as Colonel Banerjee



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Reference: Khuda Gawah (Hindi)
The film is based on the story A Kabuliwala's Bengali Wife by Sushmita Banerjee, who fled Afghanistan in 1995 after six years of living there with her Afghan husband. During that time, the Taliban issued a death sentence for her because she refused to abide by their rule on converting to Islam. She was shot dead by suspected Taliban militants in Afghanistan in September 2013.

Tabu was signed for the film but later opted out. Manisha Koirala replaced her.