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Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada
Born1994/1995 (age 23–24)

Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada (born 1994 or 1995)[1] is a child actor from Afghanistan. He played the role of Hassan, the loyal friend and servant of the richer boy Amir, in the movie The Kite Runner.

In one scene Hassan is attacked and it is suggested that he is raped. The filmmakers wanted Ahmad to take off his pants for the shooting, but his father refused to let him do that. The boy has said that he would never have taken the role had he known Hassan would be raped. Reports vary on whether he and his family were properly informed in advance.[2] The scene has now been depicted in a less harrowing manner than originally planned, and there is no nudity in it. Nevertheless, a body double was used to show the boy's pants being tugged slightly down.[3]

Because of cultural misunderstandings there has been concern about the safety of him and the other two main boy actors. Therefore, Paramount Pictures relocated them and their relatives to the United Arab Emirates.[4]

After three years in the UAE Ahmad and his family had to move back to Afghanistan. People there were very negative towards him starring in the film and he received death threats. In 2011, he fled to Sweden and is now living in Borlänge where he is studying Swedish and intends to return to acting.[5] He hosted a 90-minute episode of a long running summer radio show on Sweden's Public Radio on 1 July 2016, in which he tells his story.[6]


  • "The Kite Runner". Official site of the film. Archived from the original on 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-01-09.
  • Nelson, Dean (January 14, 2007). "Kabul kite boys feel Hollywood backlash". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
  • Halbfinger, David M. (December 3, 2007). "'Kite Runner' Boys Are Sent to United Arab Emirates". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
  • "The Kite Runner actors flee country over controversy". The Herald Sun. Melbourne. December 6, 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
  • Stone, Jay (December 21, 2007). "Child actors' performances keep The Kite Runner aloft". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 8 January 2008 – via
  • The Evening Standard (London), December 27, 2007. Accessed 8 January 2008.


  1. ^ "Kite Runner rape scene worries boy actor". USA Today. 23 September 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  2. ^ Family of boy in 'Kite Runner' fears attack
  3. ^ "Inside 'The Kite Runner' Rape Scene". Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
  4. ^ "Life In The Raw". The Age. Melbourne. 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
  5. ^ "Han blev flykting efter filmsuccen". Dalarnas Tidningar. Borlänge. 2015-01-26. Retrieved 2015-01-26.
  6. ^ "Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada". Sommar & Vinter i P1 (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 2016-07-19.

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