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Indian Actress Puja, Made Debut in Film on Afghan Urges for Women Empowerment

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Ayanangsha Maitra
Ayanangsha Maitra
Ayanangsha Maitra is an independent experienced journalist who contributes to Khaama Press as a freelancer on regional issues covering China, Iran, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan

Puja Banerjee, an Indian actress who made her debut with actress Manisha Koirala in the bollywood film ” Escape from Taliban (2003)”, not only empathizes with the anguish of oppressed Afghan women through her portrayal in an Afghan-centric film, but she also resonates deeply with the universal sentiment shared by all women.

In a candid chat with Khaama’s Consulting Editor in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata earlier this week, Puja Banerjee asserted, “Situation is such that even if you want you can’t help. But of course, we all should try to bring some change.”

“I want women empowerment to happen in Afghanistan,” she added. 

In the movie, both her and Koirala’s performances not only skillfully depict the challenges faced by women in Afghanistan but also serve as a poignant reminder of the universal pain felt by women globally. This resonates especially with those enduring the hardships confronted by their counterparts in Afghanistan.

“We feel the pain and every woman would feel the pain,” the Mumbai based Bengali actress Puja told Khaama. 

Puja Banerjee made her debut in the Hindi film on Afghanistan, in which Manisha Koirala played the role of writer and activist Sushmita Bannerjee. Sushmita Banerjee’s (also known as Sayeda Kamala)  memoir “Kabuliwalar Bangali Bou” recounts her marriage to an Afghan man and her experiences in Afghanistan during the Taliban era.Tragically, at the age of 50, she was killed by suspected Taliban militants on the evening of September 4 or in the early morning hours of September 5, 2013, outside her residence in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

Brimming with suspense, drama, and an exploration of the indomitable human spirit, “Escape from Taliban” delivers a poignant cinematic depiction of a woman’s courageous quest for freedom amid the perils of war-ravaged Afghanistan.       

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