SAARC Film Day Series 2012

The fourth of many films featuring movies from the SAARC Region, will be screened on April 25 at 6.30 pm at the National Film Corporation Cinema Hall. The film will be screened in close collaboration with Indian Cultural Centre. The film is directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, "Iqbal" – a film from India. The SAARC Cultural Centre will work in close collaboration with the Indian Cultural Centre in presenting this film.

The Film is a story about determination, hardwork, and an unending passion to become a pace bowler in the National Cricket team. "When the heart begins to think like the head... that’s when real success is achieved," says coach Naseeruddin Shah to his special student, a deaf-and-mute boy who strives to become a national cricket player. The world of Nagesh Kukunoor’s latest film is a mellow one of basic and valuable emotions. This isn’t the first film where the director has dealt with the ambiguous world of adolescent dreams. Unlike Kukunoor’s "Rockford", "Iqbal" rocks to a rustic and heartfelt raga-rhythm.

The location: a small Muslim village. The texture: tender and basic. The end result: a film that exudes the familiar aura of sweet dreams. Destiny, fortitude and diligence aren’t treated as lofty concepts, but offshoots of destiny, better left unruffled rather than subjected to serious tampering.

Substance doesn’t sit uneasily over "Iqbal". It’s a derivative influence implanted on the radically uncomplicated narration by the director’s deft, if somewhat over-simplified, vision. You can’t come away from this big-little film without cheering for its twin heroes... the physically challenged 18-year old Iqbal and his washed-out inebriated coach whose twinkling eyes and inbuilt sense of humour carry forward the tale from its deliberately frail beginnings to a rousing finale..

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Shreyas Talpade, Shweta Prasad, Yatin Kareyekar, Prateeksha Londkar, Girish Karnad with a special appearance by Kapil Dev

Direction: Nagesh Kukunoor

This Film is the fourth film in a series of films that will be screened, organized by the Centre in an attempt to bring member states of the SAARC region together embracing culture and recognizing unity through diversity.

For further details please contact the Indian Cultural Centre on telephone no: 2684698 and Email: iccrcolombo

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