Iqbal (film)

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Movie poster for Iqbal
Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor
Produced by Subhash Ghai
Written by Vipul K Rawal[1][2][3]
Starring Naseeruddin Shah
Shreyas Talpade
Girish Karnad
Yatin Karyekar
Prateeksha Lonkar
Shweta Prasad
Music by Himesh Reshammiya
Sukhwinder Singh
Cinematography Sudeep Chatterjee
Edited by Sanjib Datta
Distributed by Mukta Searchlight Films
Release date
26 August 2005
Running time
132 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Sign language
Budget 7.5 million (US$110,000)
Box office 450 million (US$6.7 million)

Iqbal (Hindi: इक़्बाल) is a 2005 Indian coming-of-age sports drama film written by Vipul K Rawal and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor,[4] and was produced by Subhash Ghai, under "Mukta Searchlight Films". The story follows a cricket-obsessed boy from a remote Indian village as he aims to overcome his difficulties and become a cricketer and fulfil his dream of playing for the Indian national cricket team. The film received the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues.

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.[5][6]


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.

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.

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.

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



Iqbal was well received by critics and audiences alike. The success of the film ensured its director Nagesh Kukunoor a little commercial recognition. It also catapulted its writer Vipul K Rawal to instant fame. After the super success of the film, many producers tried to sign both the writer and the director, however Vipul has refused to work with Nagesh ever again for personal reasons.[7] The film was voted amongst the Ten Hindi Films that is ideal for Training and Motivational material.[8]



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

Track# Song Singer(s) Music Duration (min)
1 Aankhon Mein Sapna Ravindra Upadhyay Himesh Reshammiya 4:05
2 Aashayein KK Salim-Sulaiman 4:20
3 Aashayein (Slow Version) KK Salim-Sulaiman
4 Khelenge Khelenge Sukhwinder Singh Sukhwinder Singh
5 Maula Shriram Iyer Om The Fusion Band
6 Mutthi Mein Aasman K.K Sarosh-Kedar
7 Paani Suresh Wadkar N/A
8 Tum Tana Shriram Iyer Om The Fusion Band


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