The Brawler (Mukkabaaz)

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In the city of Bareilly, in Uttar Pradesh, aspiring boxer Shravan slogs day and night to achieve his dream of becoming a professionally recognized boxer. Things go awry when he falls in love with a high caste, mute girl, Sunaina, who happens to be the niece of his arch nemesis, the head of the state boxing federation, Bhagwan Das Mishra. To marry his love, he needs a job and for him, the path to a stable government job is through Boxing. But what Shravan doesn't expect is that in India, Boxing is about everything else but the sport, which is heightened by the volatile political climate of Uttar Pradesh. While he slogs day and night in preparation for his tournament fights, what he isn't prepared for is uphill casteism, nepotism, doping, religious fanaticism and a continuous class struggle. A never ending battle against fragile egos and hooliganism to save the love of his life, Sunaina!

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Critic Reviews for The Brawler (Mukkabaaz)

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  • It's the work of a creative ducking Bollywood's usual rules of engagement: a film to cheer and not to be messed with.

    Jan 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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  • Though the basic plot about a despised underdog who, against overwhelming odds, grits his teeth and trains for the big match could hardly be less clichéd, its cinematic level of invention makes sure that much more is going on.

    Sep 17, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Perspective is a powerful tool for viewers. And it can be appreciated that here is a film that changes according to how, and not why, we watch it.

    Jan 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The dialogue is robustly filthy, the violence unflinching and the music loaded with innuendo.

    Jan 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The 156-minute Mukkabaaz is the best film in last one year or so, and this year couldn't start on a better note. Let's cherish Vineet Singh and his thickheaded brawler with open heart.

    Jan 12, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Sports in India is much more than just the game and Kashyap tries to throw the spotlight on that, but he tries to land too many punches, and in doing so, misses the mark.

    Jan 12, 2018 | Full Review…

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