Taliban is an Islamic fundamentalist political movement in Afghanistan and is currently waging war within the country. From the year 1996 to 2001, they took control over Afghanistan and Sharia law (or Islamic Law) was imposed in the country. In December 2001, An American lead invasion to Afghanistan aggravated the September 11 attacks. After these attacks, a war against Afghanistan was started by the U.S.A; from this point numerous movies which showcase the life of individuals affected by this war have been released. Below is the list of top ten movies that are based on Taliban.
1. Zero Dark Thirty
Directed by the much-admired Kathryn Bigelow in the year 2012, the movie Zero Dark Thirty gathered widespread approval and title. It was also selected for the prestigious 5th Academy and Golden Globe Awards. The storyline focuses on almost a decade long chase for Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al- Qaeda, the chase which began after the 9/11 attacks. The movie begins by introducing the audience to Maya, a young CIA agent who has been gathering intelligence related to Osama Bin Laden since the start of her career. She is reassigned to the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan in order to work with an officer, Dan. Finally, towards the end of the movie, Osama is discovered and his corpse is distinguished by Maya.
2. Zolykha’s secret
Set in Afghan, the film is directed by Horace Shansab and is one of the first to be produced in post- Taliban Afghanistan. Released in the year 2006, the film depicts the last year of the tyrannical Taliban epoch in Afghanistan. An Afghan Family living in an uphill village is trying to cope with new tensions created by another war. The youngest daughter Zolykha is shown to have psychic powers and is able to perceive past events and ghosts haunting the family’s home. She has two elder siblings and the eldest daughter is already promised to a man who has now become a ruthless militant. The movie focuses on how the father fights to save his daughter from injustice and is an emotional tale of family bond, love and humanity.
3. The Black Tulip
Set in Afghanistan and directed by the beginner film maker Sonia Nassery Cole in the year 2010, the film portrays the fictional family belonging to Mansouri who start a restaurant in Kabul. The name of the restaurant is The Poets Corner and all the artists and writers meet there. A woman, Farishta runs the café in which wine is served in teapots and poetry readings by locals and members of the U.S. military are carried out. This practice angers the Taliban group who begin kidnapping and murdering the family and friends of the café.
4. A Mighty Heart
Directed in the year 2007 by Michael Winterbottom, the movie is an adaptation of Mariane Pearl’s memoir, ‘A Mighty Heart’. The movie depicts a detailed account of the search for kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl in 2002.
Daniel was kidnapped in Karachi by Omar Sheikh’s supporters who declared responsibility for kidnapping and beheading him in the year 2002. Also, the efforts by security forces and Department of Justice of Pakistan along with the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) to track the kidnappers are covered by the movie. The film was released in North America on June 22, 2007.
5. Kabul Express
This is a Bollywood Drama film which was released on 15th December 2006. Aditya Chopra is the producer of the film along with Kabir Khan as the director. According to Mr. Kabir, Kabul Express is a film that is loosely based on his and his friend Rajan Kapoor’s experiences in post-Taliban Afghanistan. The film begins with two Indian journalists covering the condition of Afghanistan after the U.S. Invasion of 2001. They later on meet an American Muslim Journalist and the rest of the film follows their endeavors in escaping from the country.
6. Escape from Taliban
An Indian film released in the year 2003 with director Ujjal Chattopadhyaya, Escape From Taliban is based on the story “A Kabuliwala’s Bengali Wife” which is authored by Sushmita Banerjee. She fled Afghanistan in 1995 after living in oppressive conditions with her Afghan husband. The Taliban had issued a death sentence for her as she didn’t succumb to change her religion to Islam. Sushmita Banerjee, the daring woman whose book inspired the movie was shot dead in Afghanistan in September 2013 by suspected militants.
7. New York
Released on 29th June 2009, this Bollywood film had a long lasting impact on the audience. Packed with romance, action, thrill and the tensed atmosphere of the 9/11 attacks, the film serves to be the perfect entertainer. The storyline of the film begins in the year 1999 and continues until 2008. It showcases the life of three young students, studying at a fictional New York University whose lives are largely influenced by the September 11 attacks and its repercussions.
A Malayalam Language Indian was Film; Kandahar is directed by Major Ravi starring Mohanlal, Mahadevan, Amitabh Bachchan and Ganesh Venkatraman. The release date of the film is 16th December 2010 and its dubbed versions in Hindi and Tamil were also released. Proceeding to the storyline, the movie showcases the hijacking incident of Indian Airlines Flight 814 in the year 1999. An Indian perspective of the incident is brought forward by this film.
9. The Kite Runner
Directed by Marc Forster in the year 2007, The Kite Runner is an American Drama Film which overlays human emotions on the tragic scenario during the Afghanistan war. The movie is based on the novel “The Kite Runner” written by Khaled Hosseini. The movie begins with flying of kites by boys in the city of Kabul, in the year 1978 before Afghanistan was touched by the blow of war. The central characters are two friends, Amir and Hassan. What follows is a turn of turbulent events with Amir leaving his hometown and the effects of the Afghanistan war on people.
The Taliban regime in Afghanistan brought serious and most despotic conditions for women as they were not allowed to work. Set in the backdrop of Taliban regime, Osama is a drama film made in Afghanistan in the year 2003 by Siddiq Barmak. This was the first film which was entirely shot in Afghanistan since 1996, when creation of all films was banned by the Taliban rule. In the film, an all women household struggles to find work in order to sustain themselves; the youngest member of the family, a pre teen girl disguises herself as a boy in order to find work.
War has serious consequences on people; there is death, tragedy, uncertainty and a massive loss of property and resources. The above films are bound to give you a bone chilling, thrilling experience with their extremely emotional and meaningful stories.