Anurag Kashyap’s Mukkabaaz is an ode to sports culture in India which is not even fundamentally supported by government or any important authorities so this film digs the ground deep and reveals truth of the scenario. Earlier sports films in India were mostly based on the life and times of a real person and his achievements but this film s more about the entire sports culture and a man’s story of rising from the ashes against all odds. Film dapples in issues like cast-ism divide which exists all over the world and opportunities are taken from the people on the basis of their name.
Vineet Singh plays an aspiring boxer from Uttar Pradesh or Mike Tyson of U.P by his own character admission in the film. Vineet’s portrayal of the character is dangerously realistic and no Indian actor has played a more technically correct boxer in India. Vineet started learning boxing at the age when most boxers retire but he seemed fundamentally sound while delivering the pitches the other best portrayal is Robert De Niro in The Raging Bull. While talking about the journey of this character, film speaks volumes of the society in general and the face of antagonist is Jimmy Shergill.
Jimmy plays a politician who has made it his life’s mission to make sure that Vineet’s character does not succeed with his aim. Jimmy represents cast divide and opportunity taker person of the society which one can find very easily. Ravi kishan was brilliant as the supporting actor in the film and the wisdom of his character verbally placed through dialogues is all the message society wants. Kashyap is one of the most technically sound director in the world and his harrowing sound score with fast pace edit makes an unbelievable rhythm to an otherwise flat story. Apart from being a cinematic masterpiece, Mukkabaaz is in truse sense a reflection of sports world in India which is clearly down the rabbit hole.