‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ and ‘Gangs of Wasseypur 2’ were not major commercial successes but both these films have a cult following among those who relish Anurag Kashyap’s brand of cinema. After that, Anurag went on to make a commercial disaster in the form of ‘Bombay Velvet’ and two small-budgeted films, namely ‘Ugly’ and ‘Raman Raghav 2.0’, which elicited mixed response from the audience and far from being memorable like Kashyap’s earlier films ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Dev D’. Less than two years since his last directorial effort released, Anurag is back with a new film ‘Mukkabaaz’. Apparently, there is a reason why this film is called ‘Mukkabaaz’ and not ‘Mukkebaaz’ which would have been a more grammatically correct/appropriate phrase. There is a dialogue, mouthed by Ravi Kishen, in the trailer regarding that as well.
The trailer assures us that Anurag has portrayed the milieu (Uttar Pradesh, India) in a very authentic manner. Actually, one would have been very disappointed if that was not the case as he hails from the same state. The reason one is, at times, sceptical about watching a sports drama or not sure about how it is going to turn out is that most of them follow a certain blueprint as far as the script is concerned and do notoffer much novelty. Though lead actor Vineet Singh plays a boxer (“hum U.P ke Mike Tyson hain”, he proclaims) the film seems to deal with the romance between Sunaina Mishra (Zoya Hussain), an upper caste girl and him and all the issues that crop up because of them being in love with each other. It is set against the backdrop of unrighteous politics, caste-based distinction and a couple of other issues that are prevalent in modern day India.