Synopsis: 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 betw
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Nagesh Kukunoor
Production: Tip Top Entertainment
  3 wins & 10 nominations.
132 min

Please God, one more wicket,

I will instantly go to the mosque...

sorry, not instantly, after my son is

born... just one more wicket.

Okay, son,

let's see if Kapil can create magic

Wake up... wake up Iqbal

Wake up...

It's 9 o' clock

Who sleeps till 9 o' clock? Wake up.

It's all your mother's fault.

Spoilt you bloody rotten.

We have rules in this house

and we will follow them.

Good for nothing.

Today's the last day of his freedom.


He is a 20-year old dunce

Is the bike in good condition?

-Of course...

I wouldn't sell

it if I wasn't desperate.

Cycling to and from work

will give me more exercise.

I have no idea where you put

it, but I love to watch you eat.

Your father needs the money

but he's too proud... beg the government

for free electricity.

You better hurry up and get famous

before we go completely broke.

Water... to drink, not pour on face.

You did it again.

Never take your eyes off the ball.

It is not a stupid excuse!

Just wait till I show you

what I brought,

...then you're going to fall on

your knees and beg my forgiveness.

I can't understand if you go so fast.

I'm sure you understand this


Move, Kapil...

He always finds a spot

and sets up house.

Don't forget what I told you

about the "in-swinger".

And finally, don't forget the three

things necessary to bowl an


Okay, see you tomorrow.

...and that's all for today.

How was the crop this time?


but electricity is always a problem.


Hello aunty.

-God bless you.

Aunty, lbi didn't come?

No. He's got exams.

Kapil... Kumble...

Harbhajan... Balaji...

...and who is this?

-This is our latest addition -


These buffaloes must be very confused

females with male names.

Let's go.

I'll take it when I can give you

something in return.

Like father, like son.

Please allow me to help.

We are doing really well and...

...actually Abdul insisted that

I loan you some money.

You can pay me back.

You know I have no ego

when it comes to you...

...but Anwar, never.

Tonight we are in for a long

lecture on lbi from dad.

Ibi is so smart, lbi studies so well,

Why can't you be more like lbi?

Lbi is so well-read,

lbi this... Ibi that...

Ibi is absolutely brilliant.

Top marks in everything.

I'm going to make him

into an engineer.

You know I'm not competing with you.

I know...

My Iqbal's a dreamer.

He'll make me proud one day.

I don't think he is old enough

to work in the fields.

But old enough to eat like

a man and sleep like one.

I'm sure he understands every word,

don't you, Iqbal?

Please, son, it is not too late... can't tend buffaloes

and dream all your life.

Look at lbi. Look how smart he is.

He's doing something with his life.

I know you can't do the same


but I raised you to never think of

yourself as handicapped.

Learning farming will help

you earn a living...

and you also serve

the nation that way.


everyone listen up

he has asked for more time

...and I've given him one more year.

One year.

And after that

he'll work with me in the fields.

I, a disgraced poet... farewell farewell.

This is what I was trying to give

you since the afternoon.

Now leave me alone

I have my homework to finish.

It is my fault.

I should have continued his


If you had the money you would have


At least he would have

friends in school.

All his childhood friends have moved

My son is still a happy boy.

Don't worry, Anwar,

he will make something of himself.

Are you the best?

What did he ask?

-He asked me why I did this...

I said that I didn't want to

become... old nanny before I see

him play for the national team.

Also my back is killing me

crouching here day after day.

How long have you been doing this?

-Me about 6 months.

He's being doing it for the

last 2 years, every day.

You speak a lot and

he doesn't utter a word.

He's deaf and dumb, sir.

But he can read lips

if you speak slowly.

You're sister says you're

the best in the whole world

and there is no one in my academy who


match up to even a hair on your head.

He bowls better than he talks...

not that he can talk but...


As if they're going to go anywhere.

Let's see if you're wasting my time.

One moment, sir.

What did you tell him?

To do exactly what he does


The thing is when he plays every day,

his only spectators are buffaloes.

So I said to him to think of

all of you as buffaloes.

Tomorrow 5 PM.

Now we follow your dream.

There is absolutely no way

your father would agree.

We have no choice.

You're right, kids.

We can't lie to your father...


we don't tell him anything.

Brother is milking the buffaloes.

Father will become suspicious.

Smart ass, you don't need

to worry about it.

It's not a good idea.

What's going on?

-Why? What happened?

I'm absent-minded but

I'm not an idiot.

That lazy boy is milking the


He does it every day.

This early in the morning?

He's happy that you gave him a year

and wants to show you his


I'm not buying it.

There's something going on.

I'm sure I'll find out soon enough.

Hurry up.

You're getting late for school.

I'll make sure he sleeps late


Is that okay with you?

This is Iqbal and his sister Khadija.

Iqbal is a special case

he is deaf and dumb.

I want you boys to be considerate.

Since he is a bowler he will

join your group, Ajit.

There is a huge difference...

...when there is a batsman between

you and the wickets isn't there?

Your pace is great...

...but if you can't wield

it like a weapon,

you might as well be tossing


Sorry, I translated

face instead of pace.

I said he must use his face as

a weapon and toss lollypops.

Sir, could you speak a little slowly?

Just tell him that it's not enough

to have natural talent,

it must be developed

and finely honed.

I guess I should be happy

that things have returned to normal.

What a lazy boy!

God make him more responsible.

Close your eyes.

Not this time for you, sweetie.


You a keep watch on dad.

-I don't need to...

...his snores can be heard

in the next village.

How you grip the ball is the starting

point from which everything else


For the next week we will

concentrate on your grip.

Kamal, if you're more interested

in his shoeless feet,

then I suggest two laps...

without shoes.

Iqbal come here.

Take this.

Come fast, come.

Khadija! What are you waiting for?

Go take your father's bag.

Yes, mother.


Deaf ass...

...dumb and deaf ass.

Why don't you take you and your

sister's sorry asses out of here?

For your information, I can hear...

...and if you speak facing him

he can understand too.

You're so stupid.

What did he say?

Ass. Why the hell were you

not wearing a helmet?

I bet you were showing off.

Khadija, you and Iqbal

wait in my office.

I know it wasn't an accident.

I also know Kamal made fun of you...

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Nagesh Kukunoor

Nagesh Kukunoor (Telugu: నాాగేశ్ కుకునూర్) (born 30 March 1967) is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and actor known for his works predominantly in Bollywood. He is known for his works in parallel cinema, such as Hyderabad Blues (1998), Rockford (1999), Iqbal (2005), Dor (2006), Aashayein (2010), Lakshmi (2014), and Dhanak (2016). Kukunoor has received seven International Awards, and two National Film Awards for his works.In 2003, he directed 3 Deewarein, which was showcased among the Indian panorama section, at the 2003 International Film Festival of India. The film was also premiered at the Kolkata Film Festival. After having been screened at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, where it was well received, the film was screened at the Commonwealth Festival at Manchester, it was nominated as one of the top five films, at the gala presentation. Nagesh Kukunoor has also received the Filmfare Award for Best Story.In 2006, he garnered the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues, for directing Iqbal. In 2014, he received the Mercedes Benz Audience Award, for Best Narrative at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for Lakshmi. In 2015 he directed the road movie, Dhanak, which won the Crystal Bear Grand Prix for Best Children's Film, and Special Mention for the Best Feature Film by The Children's Jury for Generation Kplus at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. The film has also garnered the Best Film Award in the main category-Children's Feature Film Competition-Cinema in Sneakers (film festival), and the Best Film Award - at the Montreal International Children's Film Festival (FIFEM). The film has garnered the National Film Award for Best Children's Film for 2016. more…

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