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.


Nagesh Kukunoor


Nagesh Kukunoor, Vipul K. Rawal (story)
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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


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 (

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Drama | Sport


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


When Iqbal's sister is telling him what the cricket coach is telling his student, Girish Karnad says "okay kal milenge" which means we'll meet tomorrow. But his sister tells him "Aaj key liye itna hi" which means this is all for today. This is should not be the case since she is hearing Girish Karnad and translating his exact words. See more »


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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Referenced in Rainbow (2015) See more »


Composed by 'Kedar Bhagat' and 'Sarosh Izedyar'
Lyrics by Vimal Kashyap
Sung by Krishnakumar Kunnath
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A Simple Heartwarming Story About Hope And Glory
12 June 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

'Iqbal' is a charming down-to-earth film directed by one of today's finest directors Nagesh Kukunoor. The story revolves around a deaf and mute young man who dreams of becoming a cricketer. It boasts of a talented cast that includes Naseeruddin Shah (awesome), Girish Karnad (very good), Shreyas Talpade (natural), Shweta Prasad (natural), Yatin Karyekar (decent) and Prateeksha Lonkar (sublime) all delivering memorable performances. Cinematography is excellent and gives a realistic spacious feel to the village setting. Music is awesome and background score is very pleasant as it contributes to the mood. I especially like the uplifting song, 'Aashayein'.

On the downside, Kapil Dev's appearance is annoying as he can't act and his presence doesn't add anything. Some may feel that the story has been done numerous times before but in my opinion Kukunoor's treatment and execution gives it a unique touch. For example, I loved how he portrayed the relationship between the mother and her children and the two siblings. The chemistry between the actors only make their interactions more real. This is also one of the few films that focuses on the sibling relationship. Iqbal's sister is not the typical Bollywood 'behen' who runs around screaming 'bhaiyya bhaiyya' (brother brother). Actually all the characters are very well written.

'Iqbal's main strength is its soul. This is a must see for everyone and one that can be watched with the family. It's an uplifting movie that brings a smile to the face. Always believe in your dreams and have faith in yourself to make them come true. And to parents, always believe in your children's dreams and capability. That's 'Iqbal'.

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Release Date:

20 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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Икбал See more »

Filming Locations:

Hyderabad, Telangana, India See more »

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2.35 : 1
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