Hema Malini fears for the future of Afghanistan, recalls her beautiful days of shooting there

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Published by Mohit Kumar Dixit on 17 Aug 2021

Right from the day when Talibanis took over Afghanistan, the world is in shock and fear for the future of the country. Bollywood actress Hema Malini too shows her grievances for the people of the country and recalls her days of shooting there.

While speaking to a leading daily, Hema Malini shares her experience while filming of her film ‘Dharmatma’ in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. She said, “The Kabul I knew was so beautiful and my experience there was very nice. We had landed at Kabul Airport, which was at the time as small as the Mumbai airport, and we stayed at a hotel nearby. But eventually, we travelled to locations like Bamiyan and Band-e-Amir for our shooting and while returning back we would see these men with these long kurtas and beards, who looked like Talibanis. At that time Russians were also a force in the Afghanistan.”

For an unversed, Dharmatma was the first Bollywood film to shoot in Afghanistan. It stars Feroz Khan, Rekha, Hema Malini, Premnath among others. The hit song Kya Khoob Lagti Ho was also shot there.

While recalling her good memories of the shooting, Hema further said, “There was no problem at that time, it was peaceful and Feroz Khan had managed the whole trip and it was a very well organised shooting. My father had accompanied us to the shoot and when we were passing through Khyber Pass…We were all hungry so we stopped at a dhaba. Because we were vegetarians, we bought rotis and ate them with onions. Again, I remember seeing similar looking men. They looked very scary but, I think most of them were those kabuliwallahs.”

The Actress and BJP MLA Hema Malini shows her fear for the future if the country. She called it ‘sad’ as people are ‘trying to escape from the country’. Hema also mentioned that the ‘mad rush at the airport is very scary’.

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