The Goal

Director: Gul Bahar Singh
Hindi – English Subtitle/1999/Colour/85mins (Also available in: Malayalam, Assamese, Bengali, Manipuri)


An ace soccer coach Anupam finds great talent in the shabby Manu and gives him a chance to play in his team. Manu returns this confidence by working hard and proving his talent for the game. When Coach Anupam decides to put him in the final team, the other team members resist as Manu belongs to a lower caste and his father is in prison for theft. Not wanting to let such a talent die, Anupam puts Manu in a competitive soccer team. Will Manu be able to prove his worth? Can talent overcome social prejudice and caste differences? Starring popular Bollywood actor Irfan Khan, The Goal won the Best Children’s Film prize at the 47th National Film Awards


Director’s Biography: Gul Bahar Singh
Gul Bahar Singh has made a number of feature, documentary and short films in Hindi, English, Bengali and Punjabi. He has won National Awards for the documentaries ‘Anukaran’, ‘Biotechnology: Some Possibilities’, ‘Bheet’ and ‘Gotipua’. He has also made many TV series on a variety of subjects.


Best Children’s Film – 47th National Film Awards – India – 2000
Special International Jury Prize – 11th Cairo International Film Festival – Egypt – 2001
Special Mention – Zlin International Federation of Film Societies – 2001