Nagesh Kukunoor (2005)

PG Certificate


Our Score
There's nothing like a sporting underdog to fire the imagination and writer/director Nagesh Kukunoor exploits every cliché in the book in this stirring story of a deaf-mute Indian boy who defies his strict Islamic father to fulfil his dream of becoming a fast bowler. The fact that his mother and sister support Shreyas Talpade's coaching sessions with washed-up ex-cricketer Naseeruddin Shah also allows Kukunoor to examine patriarchal society. The montage sequences of Talpade fitting fitness routines around his chores on the family farm sap some of the energy from the film, but otherwise this is a stirring tale about overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds.


Shreyas Talpade stars in this inspirational drama as Iqbal, a young deaf and dumb Muslim man living in rural India. He harbours a secret desire to play cricket for his country, and despite his father's protestations, finds himself a coach in the form of an alcoholic ex-star of the sport. With Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad and Shweta Prasad.

Cast & Crew

Iqbal Shreyas Talpade
Anwar Yatin Karyekar
Khadija Shweta Prasad
Mohit Naseeruddin Shah
Guruji Girish Karnad
Saida Prateeksha Lonkar
Bipin Dilip Salgaonkar
Farida Jyoti Joshi
Kapil Dev Kapil Dev
Director Nagesh Kukunoor
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Other Information

Language: Hindi +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Tip Top EntertainmentAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 31 Mar 2006