They say things happen in threes. First I ran short of the usual junk I read so I re-read Kite Runner. And then because I wanted to try the 'cinema lounge' experience I saw Kabul Express.
But the book. Wow! and Super Hot - I may be repeating myself but its a brilliant book. I'm always nervous reading such fiction but wow! The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini tells of Amir and his journey to redemption against the backdrop of the orginal occupation by the Taliban. Its beautifully written and I freely cried through parts of it. And while the ending isn't exactly brilliant, it has an Iqbal-like perfection.
In stark contrast, Kabul Express is a disappointment. It brought back to me forcefully that while I might admire John Abraham's ass in jeans, he just cannot act. And that Arshad Warsi is probably doomed to be second lead for the rest of his life - pity 'cos he is adorable.. The real steal in the movie are their Afghan driver and the Talib. Their chemistry set against the devastation of Kabul made for riveting watching especially as you already know that defiant Afghan is pertified of the Talib and what the fate of the Talib is going to be. Not a must-see perhaps but worth watching if comes on TV sometime in the future.
And yes, the lounge experience was quite cool - Lie back, Put your feet up, Relax, Spread the blanket if the AC gets too cold, reach occasionally for the popkorn and if you're the conscientious type watch the movie as well.