'Mukkabaaz' Trailer: Anurag Kashyap feels patriotism has become a formula in sports films

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap said his upcoming movie Mukkabaaz comes from the "irony" and the "sad situation" that the country has more sports films than medals. The film chronicles the story of a boxer from Uttar Pradesh, Shravan Singh (Vineet Kumar Singh), who falls in love with a Brahmin girl. Things take a turn when he lands a punch to the head of the boxing federation and politician-gangster, Bhagwan Das, played by Jimmy Shergill.

The film then sets out on the journey of the underdog who fights corrupt system, deep-rooted casteism and societal pressure for his boxing dreams and love. "We have more sports movies than medals. The film comes from that sad situation. In population, we are second after China, but in the medal tally we always lag behind. Why is it happening, why can't we produce sportsmen? There is a problem in our sports system.

Through this film and through a love story we are trying to explore that. It's a very pro-sports film. I call it the most pro-sports film," Kashyap told reporters at the trailer launch of the film.

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