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Amitabh Bachchan played an Afghan in Khuda Gawah (1992). Now, the actor is once again likely to play an Afghan, this time for French-Afghan filmmaker Atiq Rahimi's adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's popular tale, Kabuliwala. The story, about a dry-fruit seller from Afghanistan, has seen several adaptations in the past. However, Rahimi's adaptation, co-written by Jean-Claude Carriere, sets the film in modern-day Kolkata. The story then follows the protagonist, a refugee from Afghanistan, and explores his friendship with a five-year-old Bengali girl. The film will be shot in Kolkata and Jaisalmer for 60 days starting June 2013. Sunil Doshi's Mumbai-based Handmade Films is producing the venture. While the team did not wish to divulge more, Doshi confirmed that Bachchan is being approached for it.