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Iqbal (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | 20 January 2006 (USA)
Iqbal, the deaf and mute son of a farmer, has a passion for the game of cricket and seeks the tutelage of a washed-up, alcoholic ex-player.

Director:

Nagesh Kukunoor

Writers:

Nagesh Kukunoor, Vipul K. Rawal (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shreyas Talpade ... Iqbal
Naseeruddin Shah ... Mohit
Shweta Basu Prasad ... Khadija (as Shweta Prasad)
Yatin Karyekar ... Anwar
Prateeksha Lonkar ... Saida
Girish Karnad ... Guruji
Dilip Salgaonkar Dilip Salgaonkar ... Bipin
Jyoti Joshi Jyoti Joshi ... Farida
Aadarsh Balakrishna Aadarsh Balakrishna ... Kamal
Gururaj Manepalli Gururaj Manepalli ... Akash
Rajita Joshi Rajita Joshi ... Doctor
Srikanth Chitrao Srikanth Chitrao ... Sunil Mitra, the Selector
Vikram Inamdar Vikram Inamdar ... DeSouza, the Team Manager
Elahe Hiptoola Elahe Hiptoola ... TV Reporter
Balaji Manohar Balaji Manohar ... Mohammed, the Team Captain
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Storyline

India - a Nation obsessed with cricket - and it is not very often one comes across anyone who loathes cricket as much as farmer Anwar Khan, who feels that it is a waste of time watching some grown men playing, not only getting paid, but costing the nation millions of lost work hours. His family, especially his wife, Saida, does not quite agree with him. As a matter of fact, she broke water when watching a cricket match with a TV set perched on a branch of a tree with almost the entire village in attendance. This is how Iqbal was born, followed by the birth of his sister, Khadija. Iqbal, though deaf and dumb, shared his mother's and sister's passion for cricket, he would tend to the buffaloes, who though all female, had been named after male cricketers, including Kapil Dev. While tending to them, he would stop and watch youngsters being trained by the renowned Guruji. When Guruji finds out about Iqbal's interest in the game, he recruits him, but lets him go when a dispute flares up ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

20 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Икбал See more »

Filming Locations:

Hyderabad, Telangana, India See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was Shreyas Talpade's first movie to enter Bollywood. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the movie when Iqbal practices bowling in the field, he closes his eyes and imagines a crowds roar as if in a stadium. He can never imagine this since he has never heard it. He clearly doesn't know what a crowds roar is like and can never have even the faintest idea about it since he is deaf and dumb since birth. See more »

Quotes

Mohit: [to Guruji] For a long time I wanted to say this to you, my father and all others who wanted my good, go to HELL!
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Connections

Referenced in Rainbow (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

AASHAEIN...
Composed by Salim Merchant and Salim-Sulaiman
Lyrics by Irfan Siddique
Sung by Krishnakumar Kunnath
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exactly what the abundance of word of mouth asserts - the best movie of this year.
18 September 2005 | by gavin_fSee all my reviews

Watched Iqbal yesterday. Yes, this movie is exactly what the abundance of word of mouth on it asserts - the best movie of this year.

I don't think this is a great movie, it's just that it is so rare to see a film that works in Bollywood, which does not come from a masala genre, that works simply as a straightforward story - that this film looks all the better compared to the awful field it competes with.

Iqbal brings a smile to the face and a tear to the eye and a lump to the throat and a racing of the heartbeat in slight twist and sweet turn and more than makes up for the time and money it takes to invest in watching a film - much more than that.

Nagesh Kukunoor's minimalist narration (enhanced by rousing music by the creative genius duo of Salim Sulaiman) that we saw in his earlier films is here perfect - the rustic ambiance of the film seems to pervade the storytelling too.

The film reminded me of Million Dollar Baby and Shwaas at times - MDB, because of the minimalism & struggle against odds; Shwaas, because of the sweetness of the tale.

Lovely, lovely film.


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