Anurag Kashyap: We have more sports based films than the medals

Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap is known for films that are gritty and based on stark realities, however his next film MUKKABAAZ is essentially a love story which has boxing in its back drop.

At the trailer launch, actor Ravi Kishan took the center stage and welcomed the director asking him why he hasn’t used any cuss words in this film, and Anurag replied smilingly, “Jitna andar tha nikaal chuke hain ab jo hai ab kahani bolte hain. (I have used all that I wanted to in my previous films so thought of just telling the story with this one)

When questioned about why love story, Anurag reasoned out, “In Bollywood we have a very old culture of socio-political cinema and used to raise these issues through love stories and that is the best way to tell any story because nothing in this world is more powerful than love and it’s the only thing through which you can say everything.”

The collaboration of Aanand L Rai, who is known for making family entertainers, with Anurag Kashyap who on other hand is known as the rebellious filmmaker, comes as a surprise as both of them come from two different school of cinema. On being asked how this collaboration was done Aanand L Rai went on to share, “This was my need that somehow I get a chance to work with Anurag. When I started my journey as a filmmaker and was trying to find myself and it happens that you start your film but end up exhausting your resources then you have to search for financers so during my initial phase as a director when I was searching for financers Anurag came and said ‘You are standing here, this is your film you will make it the way you want to’ and he got me made TANU WEDS MANU. The intention behind our filmmaking is same so that helped us in understanding each other.”

He continued, “So for a very long time whenever I used to watch his films I used to think when I will get a chance to collaborate with him and personally see him working, luckily I got that chance through MUKKABAAZ for which I am very thankful.”

Based on a true story MUKKABAAZ is a realist film which raises certain questions like the apathy of the government towards sports other than cricket. Anurag raised the question that when a film on boxing is made it earns 40 crores but when a boxing tournament is held not even 40 people turn up for it. The director also confesses that the government alone cannot be blamed for this because everyone including the common man is guilty of it.

Anurag said in a very sarcastic tone, “In India we have more sports based films than medals. And that’s a very sad reality which no one is talking about.”

With MUKKABAAZ Anurag wants to shed light on how despite being the second most populous country in the world, why India always comes at the bottom of the tally at any International sporting events. The film also throws light on the prevalent caste inequality, corruption and apathy in the system as well as the society.