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With Mukkabaaz, Anurag Kashyap is back with a punch on the face of Indian Hypocrisy. Bringing forward the societal issues rooted deep in many parts of India specially Uttar Pradesh. The story blends these issues with life of one dalit mukkebbaz, Shravan Kumar Singh (Vineet Kumar Singh). The antagonist in the movie is his Brahmin Coach, Bhagwan Singh (Jimmy Shergill), who behaves exactly as his name, Bhagwan. The movie forays into romance, caste difference, religion and poor situation of sports management in India.
The opening scene is the most striking one and kudos to Anurag for the courage to do this. Two men are lynched by a mob (gau-rakshaks) and the same is recorded and promulgated. The protagonist, though not sincere about it, mocks his fellow boxers when he identifies them as the part of the mob. This normal attitude clears how deep these caste and religious beliefs are rooting. The brawl begins when Shravan gets entangled into a romance with Bhagwan’s neice, Sunaina (Zoya Hussain) who is by the way mute. This further earns him loggerheads with his coach and repeated denial to participate in boxing.
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The second half does the solving, where Shravan ends up in Varanasi with Sanjay Kumar (Ravi Kishen). From there the route to State championships and Sunaina starts clearing up. What follows is worth a watch. This movie brings forward the present times societal issues in every second frame. The movie also has the romantic side showing the blooming love through sign language. Zoya has given amazing performance as a mute but wild voiced person.
The actors have done well to bind the audiences and made sure that too much of everything is also not insipid. So many lessons to learn make Mukkabaaz a little over the top. I will still appreciate the efforts of makers to dole into such issues.
I give this movie 2.5 out of 5
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