Director: Anurag Kashyap
Cast: Vineet Kumar Singh, Zoya Hussain, Jimmy Shergill, Ravi Kishan
What’s the plot?
By refusing to be a powerless crony, an upcoming promising boxer (Vineet Kumar Singh) gets into the bad books of the state boxing federation chief (Jimmy Shergill). The vindictive, casteist boss then makes the sportsman’s life hell by obstructing his progress at every level. The political heavyweight tyrant’s vengefulness reaches a boiling point when his niece (Zoya Hussain) falls for the young man. Coming from a poor family background and lacking formal education, the young boxer is already facing his father’s barbs and with the official machinery working against him, it becomes even more taxing. The big bad man is going all out to get this upstart knocked out! What will happen in the end?
Thanks to some fine performances and some effective story-telling, Mukabaaz comes across as an eminently watchable film. By and large, it is a taut film with a tough core, but Kashyap seems to have deliberately mixed up some crowd-pleasing filmy elements for the box-office. It is a David versus Goliath story with a difference!