Producer: Mukta Arts Ltd
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Cast: Shreyas Talpade, Shweta Prasad, Girish Karnad, Kittu Gidwani, Naseeruddin Shah and Kapil Dev
Music: Sukhwinder Singh
Iqbal is the heart touching story of a deaf and mute boy, about his dreams, his ambitions to make his place in national cricket team and how he strigles to defeat every obstacle, which comes his way while he is progressing to achieve his ultimate goal of life.
Iqbal (played by Shreyas Talpade) grows up to eat, sleep and live cricket. Like most 18 year olds, he detests work or sharing the responsibilities of earning bread and butter for his family. His only goal in life is to become a cricketer in the national team and he gets full support from his mother and sister. All day Iqbal practices bowling alone on a dry patch of land with pruned branches as stumps. Steaming in from the other end, bare feet, his only aim is to strike the stumps.
His first taste of professional training comes when his sister convinces the coach (Girish Karnad) of the Kolipad Cricket Academy to enroll him. However the politics in the Academy finally takes over and Iqbal is thrown out. The disappointment lasts only for a while, till he finds out that the village drunkard Mohit (Naseeruddin Shah) had been a fast bowler for the state team but never quite went on to represent India.
While Mohit is happy drowning his frustrations in the bottle and leading an anonymous life, Iqbal just won't relent. He pesters Mohit into teaching him the finer points of bowling. Mohit picks up the challenge reluctantly, struggles to make him understand about the game in sign language. When Iqbal finally achieves his dream and walks out of the Indian dressing room onto the ground, he can't hear the deafening cheers in the stadium. But he has lived the moment so many times in his dreams, he doesn't need to.
Nagesh Kukunoor has once again excelled in his job. He beautifully narates the story of the 18 years old deaf and mute boy with superb efficiency and wins the heart of the audience. The story does not have any twist and turns and runs on predictably. It is to Kukunoor's credit that he still holds the audience interest right down to the last ball.
Performance wise newcomer Shreyas Talpade gives a brilliant performance. One can easily say that he carried the whole film on his shoulders. Shweta Prasad, Iqbal's sister, once again shows on-screen maturity beyond her age after Vishal Bharadwaj's Makdee. Naseeruddin Shah is a treat to watch. The actor puts in so many expressions and emotions in his role which is worth watching. Rest of the cast lend able support.
Overall, this movie will surely touch your heart and it is worth a watch.