(Crisp) Movie Review: MUKKABAAZ by FENIL SETA

Mukkabaaz is a very massy Anurag Kashyap film, replete with clapworthy action and dialogues, but it also has its share of substance. The film speaks about a lot of issues – sports, to begin with and why we lag behind. Yes, other films have taken up this issue but Mukkabaaz gives viewers a new insight. Then it majorly talks about caste system, goonda raj prevalent in several places, even beef related lynchings etc. All these things are well put up by the writers. Director Anurag Kashyap handles some of the moments deftly and leaves a tremendous mark. But on the flipside, the narrative gets a bit disjointed and incoherent. Songs are far too many of them. Although almost all of them are relegated to the background but many tracks begin in an abrupt way and that slightly dilutes the impact. Lastly, the film could have been shorter. All these reasons affect the film to an extent sadly Performance wise, all have done a fabulous job. Vineet Kumar Singh rocks the show. The actor has done very few films and more than half of them are the ones directed by Anurag. Hats off to him for giving a lead role to such an actor. Anurag brought Nawazuddin Siddiqui into focus with Gangs Of Wasseypur and here’s hoping the same happens with Vineet as well. He deserves it! Zoya Hussain plays a mute character but it doesn’t feel like as she manages to communicate her thoughts and wishes. Jimmy Sheirgill plays the villainous role with perfection while Ravi Kishan is terrific. Despite the shortcomings, it deserves to be watched!

My rating – *** out of 5!

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