Ms Mushthal's career choice appears to have upset the Taleban and their supporters.
She has received threatening telephone calls and abuse in the streets from people telling her to stop acting.
She told the BBC that she believes her continued defiance of those threats resulted in the shooting by unknown gunmen of her 39-year-old husband, a taxi driver, in Kabul in December.
Since then her life has been turned upside down. More...