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How Vineet Singh transformed into a professional boxer for Mukkabaaz: Watch

It took the actor one year of training to get into the character of a boxer in Anurag Kashyap's film.

Suparna Thombare

It took Vineet Kumar Singh over 700 days of training, more than 20 injuries and countless punches to get ready to play the lead protagonist in director Anurag Kashyap’s, Mukkabaaz. A training video released by the makers of the film reveals the passion and commitment with which the actor got into the skin of his character.

Mukkabaaz talks about an aspiring boxer Shravan (Singh) who works really hard to achieve his dream of becoming a successful boxer. Things go awry when he falls in love with a mute girl who belongs to a higher caste, and happens to be the niece of his arch nemesis, the head of the state boxing federation, Bhagwandas Mishra (Jimmy Shergill).

In the video, it's clear how tough the actor's training was. From lifting tyres and weights to gruelling workouts and ardous boxing lessons, Singh trained hard to come across as a professional boxer on screen.

It was Kashyap's challenge that motivated Singh to go all out to train in the sport despite being around 35 years old, an age when most professional boxers retire.

“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," says Kashyap, who had previously worked with Singh in Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012), Bombay Talkies (2013) and Ugly (2014). 

"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," he adds.

Produced by Colour Yellow and Phantom Films, Mukkabaaz also features Zoya Hussain, Shergill and Ravi Kishan. The film is set to be released on 12 January 2018.

Watch how Singh transformed himself into a professional boxer: