Ahmed Shah Massoud by Malhotra, Iqbal
In a region where militant Islam has seeked to entrench and institutionalize itself after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, it was truly an eye opener to discover that one could be faithful and devout Muslim without being a militant one. Ahmed Shah Massoud, who shunned fundamentalist militancy and gave his life to protect his people from it, was such a Muslim.
From the era of Kipling's Great Game, the story of Afghanistan is one of war and political turmoil. The turbulent life of Ahmed Shah Massoud, as portrayed by Indian director Iqbal Malhotra, is an intricate but essential part of that story.