Kabir Khan has been awarded the ‘Best Director’ for Kabul Express at the third Asian Festival of 1st Films. The film has been gathering praise from cineastes around the world as a stellar example of the new face of Hindi cinema. Also, it has been invited to and screened to great acclaim at some of the leading film festivals of the world, including the Toronto, London, Pusan and Casablanca Film Festivals.
Kabul Express has also been awarded the Foreign Correspondents Association Purple Orchid Award, which is the critics’ choice award for ‘Best Film’, voted in by the media from 33 countries. The third Asian Festival of 1st Films (AFFF) was held in Singapore from 27th November to 4th December 2007. AFFF celebrates the excellence of first-time producers, directors, writers, cinematographers, actors and documentary makers from the Asia Pacific diaspora, with the winning selections awarded by an international celebrity jury and selection committee. As far as Kabul Express is concerned, the film was directed by Kabir Khan and was based on the director’s own experiences shooting documentary films in post Taliban Afghanistan.
Kabul Express was released in India in December 2006 and was critically acclaimed.