Mukkabaaz movie cast: Vineet Kumar Singh, Zoya Hussain, Jimmy Shergill, Ravi Kishan
Mukkabaaz movie director: Anurag Kashyap
Mukkabaaz mango Bollywood rating: 4/5 stars.
Anurag Kashyap is back and how! Mukkabaaz is gritty, raw and real in every sense of the word. Vineet Kumar seems to be following in the foot steps of Nawazuddin Siddique with his brilliant and flawless acting skills throughout this movie.
Shravan Kumar (Vineet Kumar Singh) is a local from UP who desperately wants to become a professional boxer. Bhagwan Das (Jimmy Shergill) is his arch nemesis and is relentless in his opposition of Shravan. The conflict is a true testament to the fact that in India, you can change your class but never your caste which defines and confines you.
Caste issues form the central focal point of this movie by Anurag Kashyap. Kashyap also bungs in a thread about ‘gau rakshaks’ and ‘badey ka meat’, (alluding to the recent cow-and-beef related attacks and killings) which is not really explored in detail, but the fact that it exists is also a minor victory.
Shravan’s challenges aren’t only from Bhagwan’s constant opposition. His battles with castism always plays as a severe roadblock and stops him from achieving his goals of becoming the best boxer.
Love sets him free. He loses his heart to Bhagwan’s mute niece Sunaina (newcomer Zoya Hussain, sparkly). Kashyap assays her ‘disability’ to make a point about women who are forced into silence to survive. Spunky Sunaina is no ‘goongi gudiya’. She can’t talk, but her eyes speak.
Mukkabaaz is brilliant. The only place it falters at is with the slight dose of melodrama throughout the movie. But this does not matter. This is a film with extremely polished work which has the stamp of Anurag Kashyap on it loud and clear. Kashyap and the film are at its most sure-footed when they are calling out discrimination, across the board. That’s when their punches land in exactly the right place. A must watch if you want to understand the issues faced in every day life.