After premiering the film at the Toronto International film festival and the MAMI film festival, Anurag Kashyap's critically acclaimed film 'Mukkabaaz' is now set for a silver screen release. The film is based on real-life events and the hero dedicatedly gives his heart and soul to this film. The plot revolves around a desi lad from Bareilly named Shravan Singh played by Vineet Kumar Singh who works as a labourer for Bhagwan Das Mishra played by Jimmy Sheirgill, a vicious no-nonsense politician and an ex-boxer. Shravan falls in love with Bhagwan Das's niece Sunaina played by Zoya Hussain who has a speaking disability but can hear. Desi Rocky Balboa Shravan decides to confront the powerful politician and argues that he is destined to become a boxer and not some labourer doing household chores for him. The argument is heated and Shravan jabs a punch to Bhagwan Das. Bhagwan promises him in vengeance that just like the past two years he will not let Shravan participate in any district tournament.
Even in these difficult times, a beautiful love story is evolved as Sunaina and Shravan's cute chemistry is catchy and adorable. She uses sign language which Shravan can't encode. They both communicate in an old-fashioned way by writing letters. Here we witness a supporting role entry of Ravi Kishan as a local town Boxing coach who notices spark in Shravan's boxing. Ravi Kishan's role moulds the narrative of the film for betterment. He is the sunlight in Shravan's life and is a low caste common man and an early victim of racism who was not allowed to do much in life because of his race.
Jimmy Sheirgill's acting is spot on as he wonderfully gets under the skin of a ruthless corrupt politician. Ravi Kishan as Shravan's boxing coach is sublime and serious, exactly how a coach should be. Now the stand out performance of all is Vineet who goes through a lot of emotions in this flick. His performance deserves a whistleblowing applaud. Zoya Hussain adds a lot of charm to this film with her expressions and cuteness. The climax is unpredictable as you will scratch your head for a while after coming out of the theatre.
The dialogues are intense, wacky and catchy especially those ones when Shravan burst up with anger beginning from ''Hum hai Uttar Pradesh k Mike Tyson'' to ''Humein kuch nai ata Boxing k alava''. A quirky one comes from Ravi Kishan when he says ''Mil liya na ussae fir kahey ja rahe ho, sara desh sala laundiyabaazi mein barbaad hai''
Talking about the technical aspects of the film. Background score by Rachita Arora blends with the narrative and makes it engaging. The back-drop of rural Uttar Pradesh is reflected strongly and shout out for the art direction head Shazia Zahid Iqbal. Cinematographers Jayesh Nair, Shanker Raman and Rajeev Ravi have contributed splendidly creating wide angles, continuous shots so well making it a robust cinematic beauty. There is a long list of the writing credits right away from Anurag Kashyap for the screenplay, Vineet Kumar Singh, Mukti Singh Srinet, K.D.Satyam, Ranjan Chandel and Prasoon Mishra are the co-writers who might have contributed with dialogues and additional screenplay.
The vision of Kashyap as a filmmaker is embracing and deserves an ovation for highlighting such a sensitive subject. The movie brilliantly showcases how in 21st century also India is stuck with caste discrimination, corruption and the unfavourable environment for the emerging Sportsmen. Give it a definite watch for our Desi Rocky Balbao Vineet.