The trailer of Anurag Kashyap‘s film Mukkabaaz released today, also sums up as the film’s first single, Paintra. Starring Vineet Kumar Singh of Gangs of Wasseypur and Ugly (2014), and debutante actress Zoya Hussain, the film is directed by Anurag Kashyap and produced by Anand L Rai’s Colour Yellow Production and Anurag Kashyap’s Phantom Films. Mukkabaaz has been highly appreciated at the Toronto Film Festival and MAMI where it was showcased a few months ago. The film is now slated to release on January 12, 2018. The video narrates the basic plotline of the film which is based on the life of a small town struggling boxer named Shravan Kumar who falls in love with the niece of a local politician Bhagwan Das Mishra, essayed by Jimmy Shergill. Given the caste divide, Mishra and his men threaten Shravan to maintain his distance from the family. Insulted and humiliated by them, Shravan takes it up as his life’s mission to extensively train under his coach Sanjay Kumar, played by the eminent Bhojpuri actor, Ravi Kishan, to prove his worth.
From the three-minute long video, one gets the gist of the story which is about love, passion and hate. Paitran happens to be the only single of the film, which is produced by none other than Udyan Sagar aka Nucleya and sung by rapper Divine. The song is a great inspiration track and reminds you of what Survivor’s Eye of The Tiger was for Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky III. It’s rather refreshing to hear a hardcore EDM-hip hop track as the main anthem of the film. Perhaps with Anurag Kashyap at the helm of the film, this was a given. Ravi Kishen’s voice in the background gives us goosebumps. Meanwhile take a look at the video below: (ALSO READ : Padmavati Row: 5 Revelations About The Sanjay Leela Bhansali vs Parlimentary Panel Meet)
The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September and received a great applause from even the international fraternity. TIFF Director Cameron Bailey was all praises for Kashyap and the film. In an interview with News 18, he had said, “In the last few years, we have found a nice kind of equilibrium in terms of filmmakers who have a personal vision for making independent films from their own personal perspective. We have premiered Mukkabaaz at our festival and he’s a great example of a filmmaker like that. And that also seems to be the kind of film the audiences respond to. ” Well, we certainly can’t wait for the film to hit the screens soon!