Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has showered praise on Vineet Singh — the lead actor in his directorial “Mukkabaaz” — for undergoing extensive training like a professional boxer to pull off his role in the love story.
Vineet’s transformation was shot on a daily basis, Kashyap revealed on Twitter and shared a video in which one can see the effort that went behind the look and demeanour of the character.
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) December 27, 2017
From lifting tyres and weights, running, gruelling workouts and boxing sessions, Vineet underwent all that a professional boxer would do to resemble and punch like a boxer on-screen.
“I told Vineet that ‘Mukkabaaz’ will be possible only if he is ready to get trained like a professional boxer. The same night he packed everything, left for Punjab to become a boxer and came back after a year.
“During his initial days of training, there was no acceptance for Vineet as they felt that he is an actor and he is doing all this for a role. But gradually they accepted him and made him part of their group. ‘Mukkabaaz’ was possible only because of his sheer dedication and perseverance,” Kashyap said in a statement.
The film, presented by Eros International and Aanand L Rai, is about an aspiring boxer Shravan (Vinit) who slogs day and night to achieve his dream of being a recognised boxer. Things go awry when he falls in love with a high caste, mute girl who happens to be the niece of his arch nemesis, the head of the state boxing federation, Bhagwandas Mishra (Jimmy Shergill).