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.

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).