Mukkabaaz (The Brawler) is an action sports-drama film co-written, co-produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap. The film is inspired by true events of the unheard stories of struggling sportsperson’s in the country and how faulty system ruins their lives.
The film starts with a talented but a lower caste boxer Shravan (Vineet Kumar Singh) practices at a place dominated by a local Don Bhagwan Das Mishra (Jimmy Shergill) in the city of Bareilly. By looking at the ways people are treated at Mishra’s place Shravan calls a mutiny against him and falls in love with Mishra’s niece Sunaina (Zoya Hussain) at the same time. Offcourse being from the upper caste Bhagwan Das does not approve of this and does all possible and cruel things to keep him away from his passion for boxing and Sunaina. In this Shravan’s struggle of becoming a successful boxer, Sanjay Kumar (Ravi Kishan), a retired boxer, takes him under his wings and trains him for the biggest fights. Rest of the story depicts how Shravan strives to win Sunaina’s hand in marriage despite all difficulties and becomes a thriving boxer while trying to avoid retaliation from Bhagwan Das.
Oh my goodness! What a movie! Not everyday the film comes out which entertains from its first frame to last, that too with raw and gripping storytelling directorial aspect of Anurag Kashyap. The film has a heart and is filled with some really great performances by Jimmy Shergill, Ravi Kishan, Vineet Kumar Singh, and Zoya Hussain. In particular, Vineet Kumar Singh, who has gone through a rigorous physical transformation and that too for whole two years is worth to witness. Jimmy Shergill has shined a lot in his outstanding relentless negative role, he owns every screen appearance he is in with his outstanding acting skills, he has done all things which a good villain should do to make the audience uncomfortable and make the audience to feel a grudge against him.
There are so many things happening simultaneously in the film, but not a single thing feels out of place, the storytelling is just flawless. The film does not have a single adult scene which makes it totally family-friendly. At some places, the story loses its pace but picks up eventually. There is hardly a moment in a film which feels boring. With a gripping storyline and compelling characters, the film entertains to the fullest.
Verdict : The journey of brawler to become a boxer is worth to watch. Entertains you for the every penny you have paid. Most recommended.
Rating : 4/5