The Next Best of Anurag Kashyap: Mukkabaaz

Mukkabaaz releasing on 10 November is a typical Kashyap blueprint- gritting, dark and nail-biting. And that is what Mukkabaaz promisingly served to its Indian audience, at its premier screening on the first day of the 19th edition of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. After a robust legacy of Black Friday, Dev D, Gangs of Wasseypur, and Raman Raghav 2.0, the director is set to conquer 2017 with this Vineet Kumar and Jimmy Shergill- starrer. The movie had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September as The Brawler.

The context of the making of the movie is as amusing as the film itself. The leading actor, Vineet Kumar Singh is also one of the scriptwriters who had written the script three years ago and had been looking for its producer ever since, until he bumped into Anurag Kashyap. In an interview with Anupama Chopra, Kashyap revealed how he demanded Vineet to become a real boxer to go ahead with his script idea.

After an excruciating one-year process of boxing lessons and script revisions, his conception has finally shaped into a movie narrative, ready to be released among the audience on November 10, 2017. It has already earned loaded reviews for its edgy characters, dark Kashyap humor, power-packed dialogues and gripping music by critics and spectators on its world and India premiere.

The narrative is set in the discolored city of Bareilly and revolves around the boxer Shravan Singh, played by Vineet. Inspired from a true story, the film follows the frustration and humiliation of the small-town Indian athletes. As the team was quoted saying, it conveys how the Indian system has never created a sportsman, but always killed many. The movie shows this dark side of Indian sports. Packed within this sequence are multilayers of casteism, cruelty against women, against the disabled, and the recent gau rakshak rampage in the state. The rawness with which Jimmy Shergill plays the role of Singh’s first coach steals the screen presence of others during that while.

Unlike other sports movies which display nationalism and glamour, Kashyap presents exactly what is expected out of his movies- a portrayal of the morbid shelf of reality that has been conveniently hidden under the surface dust of bureaucracy and nationalism-bogus.

Mukkabaaz is slated for a 10 November release in India, Its presented by Phantom and Color Yellow Pictures

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