Anurag Kashyap’s “Mukkabaaz” kicked off the 19th edition of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival and opened with resounding chants of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ amidst applause. The film chronicles the story of a boxer from Uttar Pradesh, Shravan Singh, enacted by Vineet Kumar Singh, who falls in love with a Brahmin girl.
Things take a turn when he lands a punch on head of boxing federation and politician-gangster, Bhagwan Das, played by Jimmy Shergill. The film then sets out on the journey of the underdog, who fights a corrupt system and deep-rooted casteism to pursue his boxing dreams and win over the love of his life.
Before the premiere of the movie, Kashyap said he was “nervous” and thanked producer Aanand L Rai and Eros Now. “I am dying to see how everybody reacts to it because we have tried to make the film under the radar. The one man I want to thank is Aanand Rai and Eros. They gave me total freedom to do what I wanted to do. They didn’t tell me anything, except ‘go ahead.’ I hope I don’t let my producers and exhibitors down,” he said.