There?s a scene in KABUL EXPRESS in the beginning when Jai and Suhel, the two Indian journalists are having a chat while Suhel is doing a little push-up to straighten out a bit. There?s a little boy who watches them from nearby. The two guys call him over and that little kid, (we come to know then) has lost his leg and holding his clutch by his side he looks at them with a smile on his face. This scene makes you numb.
Director Kabir Khan?s film KABUL EXPRESS is filled with quite a few such situations will leave you numb, sometimes even cold. Because the film is almost like a diary wherein you find numerous such occasions and you go on reading them turning the pages over and over. And this is exactly what makes the KABUL EXPRESS a difficult film to review because it?s not your usual Bollywood film.
Director Kabir Khan makes his feature film debut here, this being his first narrative movie. And he has done a commendable job. What he has done best is that he has maintained a humorous rhythm for this film despite the fact that it?s a serious subject. In doing so he makes sure that he does not drift away from the essence and the real grain of the film. He creams the movie with constant splurges of humor and good befitting comedy making the movie look less grim. It almost turns out to be an adventure ride which is both hard-hitting and entertaining.