Sikandar is a truly a very good experience.
The movie is about a young boy who finds a gun and who is tempted by the power the gun has to offer - to deal with his bullies, to solve some other problems, etc., and just for that, he is a prime recruit for a Jehadi terrorist group.
What impacted me the most though was the fact that somehow the story is not just about Kashmir. I remember reading about some of the Middle Eastern countries, and how its so easy to tempt a child into violence, as they have grown up in lives filled with violence, and so becoming an oppressor rather than the oppressed has an attraction.
The story is very interesting about the battles that go on in this world - small inner battles in the boys head, and well as bigger battles where the child is atually the victim of the battles played by the politicians (here very well done by Sanjay Suri), military (Madhavan did a good job - nice and easy for him as always), and the terrorists.
Infact, the very first scene of the story grips you and it kind of becomes a sort of roller-coaster ride filled with the crazy politicians, terrorists, religious leaders and normal people who comprise both the victims and culprits of the problems in Kashmir.
The story is very interesting and very different from normal Bollywood.
The cinematography is really nice; it takes you away in the beautiful region of Kashmir, and into the world of the young hero. Music of Sikandar by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is one thing that needs special appreciation. Very good performances, especially from Parzan Dastur. Also Ayesha Kapoor does a very good job as the boy's friend. The direction is also very tight - and keeps you on the edge of your seat through the explosions, gunshots, intrigue.
At the end, I think some more focus should be shown on the football issue, which is what the hero's dream was - so as to show how hard it is to dream in a place like Kashmir.
On the whole: 3.75/5