Afghans’ love for Indian films transcends language barrier

If one thought that only translation can transcend the language barrier, one will have to give it a second thought.

Transcending the barrier of language, Indian films and television soaps have become a big hit in Afghanistan.
“Aghanis do not bother if the content is not dubbed into local language because they understand 70 per cent of it,” are the words of Aghan film-maker Abdul Latif Ahmadi.

“Women love to watch the trials and tribulations of ‘Tulsi’ and ‘Prerna’ (popular characters of Balaji soaps ‘Kyun ki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ and ‘Kasauti Zindagi Ki’ respectively),” Ahmadi, director of Afghan Film, the state-run film finance company, said.

Recalling that filmstars like Amitabh Bachchan and Sunil Dutt had visited Afghanistan to shoot their films before the Taliban took over the country, Ahamadi said, two years ago Kabir Khan shot his ‘Kabul Express’ in the rugged terrains of Afghanistan and added that Afghanis have a special place for Indians in their hearts.

(Source: PTI)

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