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Sikandar (Foot Soldier) (2009)

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A 14-year-old schoolboy from Kashmir becomes an innocent pawn in a treacherous game between militants, the army, peace-broker politicians, and religious leaders after discovering a handgun on his way home from school. Sent to live with his aunt and uncle after militants killed his parents when he was just four years old, Sikandar Raza's primary goals are to make his foster parents proud and keep his soccer game sharp. Then, one day, while walking home from a soccer game with his friend Nasreen, Sikandar finds a gun. Despite Nasreen's gentle attempts to dissuade her friend from picking up the weapon, Sikandar decides to take the gun home, and the darker side of his nature gradually begins to emerge. Later, when people around the city begin getting killed, it starts to become apparent that the young schoolboy has become hopelessly ensnared in a twisted game being played by the people in power.

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Cast

Parzan Dastur
as Sikandar Raza
Arunoday Singh
as Sahgeer Quadir
Sanjay Suri
as Mukhtaar Mattoo
Madhavan
as Rajesh Rao
Akash Aditya
as Police Inspector
Irfan Choudhary
as Mukhtar's bodyguard
Mushtaq Kak
as Maulvi Allah Baksh
Gulzar Khan
as Army Havaldar
Nazir Khan
as Arshad Baig
Nishat Khan
as Mukhtar's Chauffeur
Parvez Malik
as School Principal
Khurshid Mir
as Mukhtar's P.A.
Dilip Raj
as Inayat Hussain
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Critic Reviews for Sikandar (Foot Soldier)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

The film boasts a significant story with several effective plot twists that make it worth a look.

August 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Wants to make a statement about hatred and cycles of violence. But this odd, unsuccessful movie is too rigged to have any broader implications.

August 21, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

A simple, cautionary tale gone berserk with potboiling twists and a moral ambition as lush and layered as the Kashmir Valley.

August 20, 2009 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

Watching the piece is akin to seeing a good rehearsal shot by a competent technical crew. Nothing more.

August 28, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Boxoffice Magazine

Loses steam toward the end, but, nonetheless, manages to be a fascinating and heartfelt drama filled with suspense, intrigue and lush cinematography.

August 22, 2009 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…
NYC Movie Guru

Despite one-dimensional characterization of adult Muslim characters, this is a moving story about what happens to a Muslim boy who discovers a gun.

August 19, 2009 | Full Review…
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