During an official tour to Maharashtra-India, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India met with C. Vidyasagar Rao, the Governor of Maharashtra, India on April 9, 2018.

The meeting was aimed at discussing business, trade, cultural and educational ties between Afghanistan and Maharashtra and ways to further expand and boost these relations.

The duo spoke about the making of ‘Panipat’ movie and its implications on relations between India and Afghanistan. Ambassador Abdali recalled the important role of Indian cinema in promoting the centuries old cultural ties between India and Afghanistan.

Kabuliwala and Khudagawa are of those movies of Bollywood which have come up with great response from the Afghan and Indian audience and; has lifted up the friendly people-to-people relations between India and Afghanistan.

The movie “Panipat” which is to be produced by the Bollywood industry in the near future starring Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in prominent roles is focused on Ahmad Shah Abdali and the third battle of Panipat in 1761.

The Maharashtrian Governor agreed on the important role the Indian cinema has played and assured the Afghan Ambassador to revise the issue with the related authorities in the Bollywood and make sure that the cinema continues to work for further promoting India-Afghanistan ties. Furthermore, the two agreed on establishing closer cinematic relations between Afghanistan and India. To this effect, the Governor offered to provide training opportunity for Afghan youth in Pune Cinema Institute to get trained in cinema and art of acting.

The Afghan Ambassador appreciated the idea and noted upon its positive effects on lifting up the educational and cultural relations between the two nations and assured of having the Afghan youth study in this center.

During the meeting, Dr. Abdali proposed the establishment of a sister city between Kandahar province of Afghanistan and Mumbai too. The idea was acknowledged by the Governor of Maharashtra and sought to have a follow up on the same.

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