The movie director said he hopes the movie will be screened at schools and universities if not in movie theaters.
Indian Director Hopes To Screen ‘Bioscopewala’ In Kabul
Indian movie director Deb Medhekar said in a letter to Shaida Abdali, the Afghan ambassador to India, that he would like to screen Bioscopewala in Afghanistan, India’s Mid-Day newspaper reported.
While he is uncertain about getting permission for a theatrical release, he hopes his film will be screened in schools, colleges or on other public platforms.
The director told the newspaper, "While making the film, I hoped that, someday, it would screen in Afghanistan.”
The story follows a Pashtun merchant from Kabul, who travels to Calcutta to sell dry fruit every year. While in India he becomes friends with a five-year-old girl Mini as she reminds him of his own daughter who lives in Kabul.
Bioscopewala will be released in India on May 25.
Even though Bollywood ventures are a big draw in Afghanistan - with many residents having picked up the language by bingeing on Hindi films aired on their TV sets - tense political climates have led to the closure of several theatres in the country. Inevitably, Hindi movies are only infrequently aired in Afghanistan theatres.
Medhekar said: “The film traces the roots of the Bioscopewala back to his home country. I thought it would be befitting to screen it there. I'm keenly awaiting a positive response. It would give me satisfaction, [a belief] that, in the end, the Bioscopewala does find his way back home."
He says his letter states that Afghanistan has been portrayed in a positive light in the film.
In the past, several Hindi films have been shot in Afghanistan, including Feroz Khan's Dharmatma (1975) - which also starred Denzongpa - Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi-starrer Khuda Gawah (1992) and Kabir Khan's Kabul Express (2006) among others.