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Bollywood planning to return to its third-biggest market: Afghanistan

Nov 21, 2001 | 12:02pm EST

The lifting of the Taliban's ban on the screening of motion pictures in Afghanistan has heartened Indian film producers, the Times of India reported today.

Noting that until the Taliban takeover, Afghanistan was the third largest overseas market for Bollywood (after Britain and the U.S.), the Times said that formal deals with local distributors could not be completed "until a clear picture of government formation emerges."

But director Kuku Kohli said that he plans to make his hit film, Yeh Dil Aashikana, available as soon as possible. (In the film, a plane carrying the heroine is hijacked.)

Kohli told the newspaper: "We want to donate the film and not sell it. The profits of the film would go for the benefit of Afghan children affected by the war."

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