Films

The Brawler

The Brawler, "Mukkabaaz"

Synopsis

Director

A lower-caste boxer struggles to make his mark on the boxing world, in the highly anticipated film from Anurag Kashyap.

Vital, insightful, and thoroughly cinematic, Anurag Kashyap’s „The Brawler“ follows in the tradition of the great boxing films of the past. But the director of „Gangs of ­Wasseypur“ gives his take on the sweet science a boldly Indian spin. The set-up offers the genre’s familiar underdog hero, but this film lands a satisfying punch against the injustices and hypocrisies that keep India’s sporting underdogs exactly where they are.

Shravan (Vineet Kumar Singh) is a lower-caste boxer with a tempered edge, struggling to leave his mark and making the case with his fists that he deserves a chance to compete. His career is threatened after he delivers a nasty right hook to the face of Bhagwan – his employer, the local kingpin, and the top boxing promoter in the region. Following this melee, Bhagwan does everything he can to stop Shravan from ascending up the ranks, including preventing him from pursuing the woman he has fallen in love with, Sunaina. Bhagwan will go to any length to punish and humiliate Shravan. But what he doesn’t count on is Shravan’s tough-mindedness. He’s been an underdog all his life and will stop at nothing to go all the way to the Indian National Boxing Championship.

Anurag Kashyap

is one of the most prolific film writers in India today. He wrote the television series and has worked with filmmakers such as Ram Gopal Varma, E. Nivas, Sanjay Gupta etc. Having no formal education in film, he gained experience through directing theatre and as an assistant director on several Bollywood productions. In 2004 he shot his first feature film „Paanch“ (Five). He adapted his second feature „Black Friday“ from the book of the same title, written by the journalist S. Hussain Zaidi and was also involved in all the research prior to making the film. Film was screened at PÖFF competition programme in 2004. His 13th full-length fiction feature „Psycho Raman“ was screened at PÖFF programme in 2016.

Filmography

  • valik/selected: Black Friday (Must reede, PÖFF 2004)
  • Dev D (2009)
  • Gulaal (2009)
  • Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
  • Ugly (2013)
  • Bombay Velvet (2015)
  • Raman Raghav 2.0 (Hull Raman, PÖFF 2016)
  • Mukkabaaz (The Brawler, 2017)

Schedule

18.11.2017
19:45 - 22:18
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 020703
Sold out
20.11.2017
20:30 - 23:03
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 040304
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26.11.2017
21:00 - 23:33
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 101703
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Country: India
Year: 2017
Duration: 153 minutes
Language: Hindi
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Producers: Aanand L. Rai, Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Mantena, Anurag Kashyap
Writers: Anurag Kashyap, Vineet Kumar Singh, Mukti Singh Srinet, K.D. Satyam, Ranjan Chandel, Prasoon Mishra
DOPs: Rajeev Ravi, Shanker Raman, Jay Patel, Jayesh Nair
Montage: Aarti Bajaj, Ankit Bidyadhar
Composers: Nucleya, Prashant Pillai
Cast: Vineet Kumar Singh, Zoya Hussain, Ravi Kissan, Jimmy Shergill, Sadhana Singh
Productions: Colour Yellow Productions, Phantom Films
Festivals: Toronto, London

Synopsis

Director

A lower-caste boxer struggles to make his mark on the boxing world, in the highly anticipated film from Anurag Kashyap.

Vital, insightful, and thoroughly cinematic, Anurag Kashyap’s „The Brawler“ follows in the tradition of the great boxing films of the past. But the director of „Gangs of ­Wasseypur“ gives his take on the sweet science a boldly Indian spin. The set-up offers the genre’s familiar underdog hero, but this film lands a satisfying punch against the injustices and hypocrisies that keep India’s sporting underdogs exactly where they are.

Shravan (Vineet Kumar Singh) is a lower-caste boxer with a tempered edge, struggling to leave his mark and making the case with his fists that he deserves a chance to compete. His career is threatened after he delivers a nasty right hook to the face of Bhagwan – his employer, the local kingpin, and the top boxing promoter in the region. Following this melee, Bhagwan does everything he can to stop Shravan from ascending up the ranks, including preventing him from pursuing the woman he has fallen in love with, Sunaina. Bhagwan will go to any length to punish and humiliate Shravan. But what he doesn’t count on is Shravan’s tough-mindedness. He’s been an underdog all his life and will stop at nothing to go all the way to the Indian National Boxing Championship.

Anurag Kashyap

is one of the most prolific film writers in India today. He wrote the television series and has worked with filmmakers such as Ram Gopal Varma, E. Nivas, Sanjay Gupta etc. Having no formal education in film, he gained experience through directing theatre and as an assistant director on several Bollywood productions. In 2004 he shot his first feature film „Paanch“ (Five). He adapted his second feature „Black Friday“ from the book of the same title, written by the journalist S. Hussain Zaidi and was also involved in all the research prior to making the film. Film was screened at PÖFF competition programme in 2004. His 13th full-length fiction feature „Psycho Raman“ was screened at PÖFF programme in 2016.

Filmography

  • valik/selected: Black Friday (Must reede, PÖFF 2004)
  • Dev D (2009)
  • Gulaal (2009)
  • Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
  • Ugly (2013)
  • Bombay Velvet (2015)
  • Raman Raghav 2.0 (Hull Raman, PÖFF 2016)
  • Mukkabaaz (The Brawler, 2017)