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Not scared of any boxer now: Actor Vineet Kumar Singh on training for Mukkabaaz


A strong social-political drama, the film narrates the struggles of a boxer, Shravan, from a lower-caste, while also touching on the issue of cow vigilantism.

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Actor Vineet Kumar Singh, who plays the protagonist in Anurag Kashyap's Mukkabaaz (The Brawler), which premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), says after working so hard for the movie, he is not scared of any boxer now.

A strong social-political drama, the film narrates the struggles of a boxer, Shravan, from a lower-caste, while also touching on the issue of cow vigilantism.

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Singh was earlier seen in Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) and Ugly (2014).

At the film's premiere in Toronto, Vineet narrated how he prepared for the role.

"Sir (Kashyap) told me that when he orders action, there won't be any stop (cut). I had to prepare so hard for the role," he said, adding that the filmmaker's words proved to be a tonic for him.

Varanasi-born Sing said the training for boxing has given him so much confidence that he feels that he can take on any boxer.

"I am not scared of any boxer now," he said amid laughter.

Kashyap too was in praise of his actor, saying, "It is my fourth film with Vineet. He took one year off and stayed in the village to prepare for the role of the boxer in the film. He got bloodied many times during the training and he also broke one of his ribs while preparing for action."

Mukkabaaz is Kashyap's third film to premiere at TIFF after That Girl in Yellow Boots (2010) and Gangs of Wasseypur.

Praising the filmmaker, the festival's artistic director, Cameron Bailey, said, "Anurag is one of my favourite directors." About his latest film, Bailey said it is very much "engaged with what is happening in India".

Mukkabaaz will open the 19th edition of MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, and will be released in Indian thetares later this year.