Mukkabaaz loosely translates to “Brawler” in English whereas a “Mukkebaaz” means a skilled boxer. But let’s find out how the meaning of Mukkabaaz can be perceived differently in the context of the film.
In this scene, coach Sanjay Kumar shares his own backstory for the first time with Shravan. He says that he wanted to breakout from his identity of a backward caste person through becoming a boxer but he could never become one due to the ‘sports politics’ in his region. He showed his disappointment as to how he was always addressed as a brawler and never got the respectable title of a boxer.
In Shravan, coach Kumar sees his younger self, the potential boxer who’s bogged down by the circumstances and the environment in the mucky sports scenario of the country. That’s why he could connect deeply with him as it would give him satisfaction in fulfilling shravan’s dream.
Whenever Shravan becomes frustrated and wants to rebel against the system, coach asks him to be more pragmatic and deal with things in such a way that it doesn’t hamper his boxing, because ultimately coach wants him to achieve the tag of a successful boxer. That’s why he dramatically asks him to take a call on whether he wants to be known as a brawler or a boxer.
At the end of the film it is debatable as to how much does Shravan justify himself as a boxer, but we definitely realize that he redefines the word “Mukkabaaz” as a hustler rather than a brawler, who fights for love & respect. This movie is like a tribute to all the “Mukkabaaz” who dare to punch up the establishment to achieve their dreams.
Written by Anudeep Singh & Anurag Kashyap
Directed by Anurag Kashyap