Anurag Kashyap’s Mukkabaaz will be the opening movie at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival next month. The filmmaker is excited about the film’s Asia premiere at the extravaganza.

“Opening the festival this year with Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Mukkabaaz‘, a film that traverses systemic oppression, dreams amongst despair and a tender love story at the centre of it all,” Smriti Kirani, creative director of the festival, posted on her Facebook account.


The official Facebook page of the gala also read: “We’ve found our Opening Film for 2017. Proud to announce that we will open with the Asia premiere of Anurag Kashyap’s Mukkabaaz.”

On Twitter, Kashyap responded: “Yay… Thank you, Mumbai Film Festival.”

For the movie, Kashyap has joined hands with Aanand L. Rai.

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According to a teaser video of the film, it will narrate the story of a boxer from Uttar Pradesh who falls in love with a Brahmin girl.

The exact plot of the film has not been revealed as yet, but in an interview with Times of India, Shergill had dropped hints. “This is for the first time that I am teaming with Anurag Kashyap. We wanted to work together for a long time and now eventually Mukkabaaz has happened. Based on the backdrop of boxing, it is a film about sports politics in which I have a very powerful role,” he said.

Vivian Fernandes also known as rapper Divine, who is the inspiration for Ranveer Singh’s character in Gully Boys, will make his Bollywood debut with Mukkabaaz. The teaser features music by Divine himself, and it has been composed by Nucleya.

The festival, organised by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image in association with Star, is scheduled to be held from October 12-18.




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