There has been a very close relationship between Bollywood and Pollywood. Afghan cinema has become known as “Pollywood”. Bollywood movies are very popular in Afghanistan. Many of these videos will be seen often on social media, where Afghans will be seen praising Bollywood movies. This is the reason why after Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Sridevi, stars like Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan are very famous there. There, many movies have been released in theaters, but those that couldn’t, used to sell a lot of pirated CDs and cassettes.
Even today, most of the people in Afghanistan have learned Hindi just by watching Bollywood movies. Not only movies, but also television series have been famous in Afghanistan. Ekta Kapoor’s TV series ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ and ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki’ became quite famous here in 2001, when US and NATO forces arrived in Afghanistan and the cinema ban was lifted after the end of the Taliban regime. . The popularity of these periodicals can be measured by the fact that the posters of Smriti Irani and Sakshi Tanwar’s characters “Tulsi” and “Parvati” used to sell a lot in the markets.
The film Khuda Gawah, shot on Taliban soil in Afghanistan, became very popular there.
Art, culture, film and music are threatened after the Taliban captured Afghanistan again. Even during their first regime, the Taliban had completely banned film and music. However, the love for Bollywood remained alive in the hearts of the people of Afghanistan. After the US attack on the Taliban 20 years ago, an open atmosphere was once again seen in Afghanistan. After this, people were attracted to Bollywood movies again. Once again, the old situation may return when the Taliban government returns.
The movie ‘Khuda Gawah’ that featured ‘Afghanistan’
In the true sense, the true introduction of Afghanistan to India was through the movie “Khuda Gawah”. Sahi’s megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s film ‘Khuda Gawah’ was released in 1992. It featured the character of Amitabh ‘Badshah Khan’, ‘Benazir’ from Sridevi and the role of Danny ‘Khuda Baksh’. Afghan. Most of the filming of the film took place in and around the Afghan cities of Mazar-e-Sharif, Kandahar, Kabul. This movie made Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi more famous in Afghanistan. The majority of the Afghan population recognize Amitabh Bachchan.
Afghan President highly respects Big B
The condition was that when seeing Amitabh Bachchan and Danny Denzongappa, people would put them on their shoulders. Then he drove around town. Not only this, then-President Najibullah Ahmedzai had welcomed Amitabh Bachchan as a head of state. To protect the entire filming unit, including Big B, he had provided military helicopters used in the fight and his own personal security squad. The Najibullah government came to power in 1992 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. After this civil war broke out in Afghanistan. In 1996, the Taliban publicly hanged Najibullah.
‘Dharmantama’ was filmed among Buddha statues
The movie ‘Dharmantma’, released in 1975, long before the movie ‘Khuda Gawah’, was shot in Afghanistan. It is considered the first Bollywood Hindi movie to be shot there. It was made by actor, director and film producer Firoz Khan. The most spectacular places in Afghanistan were shown in the film. Dharmantma’s song ‘Kya Khub Lagti Ho Badi Sundar Lakti Ho’ was filmed in ‘Bamiya Buddhaj’, Afghanistan. However, later the Taliban demolished the Buddha statues. Firoz Khan was a Pathan from Afghanistan, so he had a lot of affection for this country.
Firoz Khan liked Afghan soil
This is why when Feroz Khan had to cast his son Fardeen Khan in Bollywood, he made the movie ‘Janasheen’, most of which was shot in Afghanistan. In this romantic thriller, actress Celina Jaitley stood opposite Fardeen Khan. However, when Feroz Khan arrived in Afghanistan for the filming of this film, the situation there was completely different from that of the filming of his first film. At that time there was an atmosphere of war between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban. Despite such a great threat, Firoz Khan had decided to make his film in Afghanistan.
‘Kabul Express’ was shot in the shadow of death
The first Bollywood movie to be shot in Afghanistan in the late 1990s was called ‘Kabul Express’. John Abraham and Arshad Warsi starred in the main roles in this film. Much of it was filmed in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The film, released in 2006, came at a time when the terror of the Taliban in Afghanistan had ended, but the threat persisted. The film was shot at Green Palace, Bala Hissar Fort, Darul Aman Palace, and Panjshir Valley. The film’s director, Kabir Khan, had received death threats from the Taliban at the time.
‘Torbaaz’ was the last film shot in Afghanistan
The last film to be shot in some areas of Afghanistan was called ‘Torbaaz’ after the Taliban panic prevailed. Sanjay Dutt had the main role in this film made about the Child Suicide Bomber plot. Parts of the film were shot in Afghanistan. The film was shot in Afghanistan in the year 2017 and it was going to be released in 2019, but due to Corona, it had to be released on the OTT platform in the year 2020. The director of this film is Girish Malik. In this, actors like Nargis Fakhri and Rahul Dev were seen with Sanjay Dutt. The story of the film was based on Child Suicide Bombers.