Reviewer's Rating 4 out of 5  
Iqbal (2006)
PGContains mild language

After a recent plethora of barely passable Bollywood fare, Nagesh Kukunoor's fifth release, Iqbal is a much-needed shot in the arm for Indian cinema. A perfectly crafted story of simple folk with huge dreams, the film features moments of great pathos, without once resorting to mawkish melodrama. Unwittingly drawn into the world of its stoic protagonist, the viewer is quickly bowled over. Boasting compelling performances, Iqbal is a film with cricket at its core, sincerity in its storytelling and an abundance of heart.

Iqbal (Shreyas Talpade), is an 18-year-old deaf mute whose greatest passion is cricket. Paternal opposition, financial hindrances and prejudice in view of his physical impairment, fail to deter him as he chases his dream to play for the national side. He enlists the help of Mohit (Naseeruddin Shah) a former cricket hero turned local village drunk. Together, the two dare to dream and achieve the impossible.

"RICH IN CHARACTER AND CHARM"

Audiences can't help but revel in the triumph of the underdog and Iqbal is the story of just such an everyman. The small cast is enough to render the film rich in character and charm. Shah is captivating as the jaded cricket hero and Talpade, exceptional, portraying the stoicism, energy and exuberance of the unlikely hero.

With just the right balance of tension and humor, Iqbal is as gripping as watching India play in the World Cup, and has you rooting for your star player at every turn. Charming, endearing, with a touch of magic, Iqbal is a rousing victory.

Hindi language film - subtitled.

End Credits

Director: Nagesh Kukunoor

Writer: Nagesh Kukunoor

Stars: Shreyas Talpade, Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad, Shweta Prasad, Yateen Karyekar, Prateeksha Lonkar

Genre: Bollywood, Drama

Length: 132 minutes

Cinema: 31 March 2006

Country: India

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