Star Cast: Vineet Kumar Singh, Zoya Hussain, Ravi Kishan, Jimmy Shergill
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Story: The film tells the story of Shravan (Vineet Kumar Singh) – a boxer who is training under the guidance of a typical corrupt politician Bhagwan Das Mishra (Jimmy Shergill). Shravan hails from a different caste and falls in love with Mishra’s niece Sunaina (Zoya Hussain). This doesn’t go down well with Bhagwan and he tries to pull Shravan down. He doesn’t let Shravan achieve his dreams in becoming a successful boxer. The story has a lot of layers to it – Shravan’s passion for boxing, his love for Sunaina and his rivalry with Bhagwan Das Mishra. So, will Shravan win Sunaina? Will he achieve fame as a boxer? All these questions will be answered in a theatre near you.
Vineet Kumar Singh essaying the character of a boxer is genuine and perfect. His emotions,dialogues and boxing punches will surely make you feel for him. Most importantly, his love for Sunaina feels warm and pure. Vineet has left no stone unturned to play his character exceedingly well and has done full justice to his role.
Zoya Hussain as the deaf-mute girl speaks volumes through her emotions. She gets some fantastic scenes and nails them to perfection. Her portrayal of a a deaf-mute girl is convincing and will make you sympathize for her.
Jimmy Shergill as the typical corrupt politician is amazing. He is wicked and doesn’t hit a single false note. Right from the beginning to the climax, he maintains a good balance of his cruelty and has done a brilliant job in a negative role.
Ravi Kishan too has delivered a good performance in the allotted screen time.
Music and Dialogues: Music of the film is composed by Rachita Arora who had earlier composed for the Rajkumar Rao starred film Newton. The soundtrack of the film is perfectly placed in the screenplay and is situational. Background score too is well composed and gels with the theme of the overall story.
Direction: Director Anurag Kashyap who is known for his films which reflect the ground reality of the society we live in today, has yet again made a film which is complex yet simple looking. Kashyap brings several aspects such as casteism, politics and domestic violence and blends them together perfectly. Nothing seems forced or dominated. The story is beautifully constructed and built against the backdrop of these factors. The film is wonderfully shot in real locations across the North Indian parts which looks authentic and raw. Unlike Gangs of Wasseypur and Raman Raaghav, Anurag Kashyap has made an entertaining film which is not that dark. The second half of the film has ample punches as Shravan’s quest for love begins. The runtime of the film could have been a bit shorter. Several scenes could have been edited off easily.
Cinespeaks Verdict: Go watch Mukkabaaz for amazing performances. The film has some funny and witty dialogues to tickle your funny bone and will entertain you enough. Most importantly, Anurag addresses the ego problems of people which pose as a hinder to others success in a very intelligent manner. Mukaabaaz is definitely a must watch for Anurag Kashyap’s fans.