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Director  Nagesh Kukunoor
Country  India
8.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Writer  Nagesh Kukunoor
Language  Hindi Sign language
Iqbal (film) movie poster
Release date  26 August 2005
Awards  National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues
Music director  Salim & Sulaiman, Sukhwinder Singh, Himesh Reshammiya
Songs  Aankhon Mein Sapna
Cast  Naseeruddin Shah (Mohit), Girish Karnad (Guruji), Shreyas Talpade (Iqbal), Shweta Prasad (Khadija), Yatin Karyekar (Anwar), Prateeksha Lonkar (Saida)

Iqbal (Hindi: इक़्बाल) is a 2005 Indian coming-of-age sports drama film written and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. Produced by Subhash Ghai, under "Mukta Searchlight Films", the story follows a cricket-obsessed deaf and mute boy from a remote Indian village as he aims to overcomes difficulties to become a cricketer and fulfill his dream of playing for the Indian national cricket team. The film received the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues.


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The film was screened retrospective on 18 August 2016 at the Independence Day Film Festival jointly presented by the Indian Directorate of Film Festivals and Ministry of Defense, commemorating 70th Indian Independence Day.

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Reflections of a Survivior Iqbal

Iqbal (Shreyas Talpade) is a deaf and mute boy, who dreams of playing cricket for India. However, he is discouraged by his father who thinks that Iqbal's daydreams are a waste of time. Instead, he wants Iqbal to help him tend to the crops and become a farmer like him, which would be a stable profession.

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Iqbal's sister, Khadija (Shweta Prasad), however, helps him try out for a nearby academy run by Guruji (Girish Karnad), an influential former India captain, who accepts him for his talent. However, when Iqbal competes with a rich boy, Kamal, who is also the star of the academy, he is thrown out by Guruji out of fear of Kamal's father, who bankrolls the academy. Iqbal seeks help from the local drunkard, Mohit (Naseeruddin Shah), who was once a great cricketer and persuades him to be his coach. They are able to train in a nearby field, using Iqbal's buffaloes (named after actual members of the Indian cricket team) as fielders.

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Mohit trains Iqbal and gets him a place on the Andhra Pradesh Ranji Trophy team, despite Iqbal not having any previous cricketing experience. Iqbal plays marvelously for the team, which was a weak team before he joined, and is soon noticed by the press and cricket selectors alike. However, when the final match of the season pits Iqbal against his rival, Kamal, Guruji tries to bribe Iqbal to bowl badly so that the national team scouts at the game would select Kamal for the national cricket team. Iqbal succumbs to his offer, out of concern for his father, who is facing financial difficulties and may lose his lands. Luckily, a sports agent is able to offer him a better deal, and Iqbal bowls with his usual fiery pace and wins the match for his team. Surprisingly he also impresses the onlooking national team selector Kapil Dev (in a special guest role), and wins a place in the Indian national cricket team.

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In the end Iqbal is shown donning the Indian Cricket Team's Blue Jersey and walking in the ground to make his international debut.


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  • Shreyas Talpade as Iqbal
  • Naseeruddin Shah as Mohit
  • Girish Karnad as Guruji
  • Shweta Prasad as Khadija
  • Yatin Karyekar as Anwar
  • Prateeksha Lonkar as Saida
  • Dilip Salgaonkar as Bipin
  • Jyoti Joshi as Farida
  • Adarsh Balakrishna as Kamal
  • Gururaj Manepalli as Akash
  • Kapil Dev as Himself (Special Appearance)
  • D. Santosh as Satish Bhatawdekar
  • Reception

    Iqbal was well received by critics and audiences alike. The success of the film ensured its director Nagesh Kukunoor the commercial recognition. The film was voted amongst the Ten Hindi Films that is ideal for Training and Motivational material.


  • National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues – Nagesh Kukunoor & Subhash Ghai
  • National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor – Naseeruddin Shah
  • Zee Cine Critics Award for Best Actor – Male – Shreyas Talpade
  • Music

    The music is composed by duo Salim-Sulaiman, Himesh Reshammiya, Sarosh-Kedar, Om The Fusion Band, Sukhwinder Singh


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