Sikandar (2009 film)

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Sikandar
Sikandar, 2009 film poster.jpg
Directed by Piyush Jha
Produced by Sudhir Mishra
Written by Piyush Jha
Starring Parzan Dastur
Ayesha Kapoor
R. Madhavan
Sanjay Suri
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Sandesh Shandilya
Justin-Uday
Cinematography Somak Mukherjee
Edited by Dev Jadhav
Distributed by BIG Pictures
Release date(s) August 21, 2009
Running time 110 minutes
Country India
Language Hindustani

Sikandar (Hindi: सिकन्दर, Urdu: سِکندر) is a Bollywood film. The film, which features Parzan Dastur in the lead role with R. Madhavan, Sanjay Suri, Ayesha Kapoor in pivotal roles amongst others is written and directed by Piyush Jha and produced by Sudhir Mishra. The film has terrorism in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir as its backdrop.[1] It was known in its production stages as Foot Soldier.[2] The film was released on 21 August 2009.

Plot[edit]

Sikandar Raza (Parzan Dastur) is a 14-year-old schoolboy in the Kashmir valley. Ever since his parents were killed by jihadis (from Pakistan occupied Kashmir) (militants) 10 years ago, he has lived with his aunt and uncle, in a small town called Kupwara in Kashmir valley. All Sikandar’s desires revolve around the happiness of his foster parents and getting the ball into the goal on the football field.

One day, on his way to a school football match, Sikandar finds a gun lying on the path. Despite admonishments by his newly made school friend, 14-year-old Nasreen (Ayesha Kapoor), Sikandar picks up the gun and begins a journey into the darker side of his nature. The quiet-yet-strong Nasreen becomes Sikandar’s conscience keeper. She tries to dissuade him from giving in to the lure of the gun.

Sikandar gets embroiled further and further in situations beyond his control, and people get killed. At first it seems that the happenings occurring alongside Sikandar’s predicament are not connected. But, as layer upon layer is revealed, it becomes clear that Sikandar is the innocent victim in a game being played out between the militants, the army, the peace-bartering politicians and the religious heads of the little Kashmiri town. The pieces of the puzzle come together at the very end, leading to a shocking revelation. The movie is a portrayal of how child psychologies can be moulded, how terrorists are made. "Bholi bhaali rahne do" by Prasoon Joshi wonderfully sums up the movie.[3]

Cast[edit]

Parzan Dastur Sikandar
Ayesha Kapoor Nasreen
R. Madhavan Rajesh Rao
Sanjay Suri Mukhtar Masoodi
Arunoday Singh Zahageer Qadir
Rahul Singh Captain Yashvardhan Singh

Soundtrack[edit]

Track # Song Duration Singer(s) Composer
1 Allah Hoo 4:57 Hrishikesh Kamerkar, Yash Narvekar Justin-Uday
2 Arzoo - Naat 2:00 Mehrajuddin Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
3 Chaal Apni 3:29 Hamsika Iyer, Hrishikesh Kamerkar Justin-Uday
4 Dhoop Ke Sikke 6:09 Shankar Mahadevan, Anousha Mani Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
5 Gulon Mein 4:58 Mohit Chauhan Justin-Uday
6 Gulon Mein - 1 5:17 K.K. Sandesh Shandilya
7 Manzaraat 3:32 Shilpa Rao Justin-Uday

Reception[edit]

Nikhat Kazmi, film critic of the Times of India, gave it a 3.5 star rating.[4] The movie is loosely based on Apt Pupil, a Stephen King novel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://entertainment.oneindia.in/bollywood/news/2008/sudhir-mishra-sikandar-300908.html
  2. ^ http://www.bangaloremirror.com/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=10&contentid=200901132009011301152085056d2b1ab&sectxslt=
  3. ^ Plot
  4. ^ Moview Review: Sikandar by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India, 20 August 2009.

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