Heavyweight themes of caste inequality, political corruption and social injustice are intricately woven in this drama about beating the odds.
Singapore PremiereIndia / 2017 / 151MIN / Hindi
Based on a true story, The Brawler takes us into the world of Indian boxing with lower-caste boxer Shravan as the determined underdog who does not accept his fate. Discouraged to pursue his boxing dreams by his family, Shravan’s potential is further held back by boxing promoter and gangster Bhagwan Das, who has everyone under his thumb and whose cruelty has no limits. Things get complicated when Shravan falls in love with Das’ niece Sunaina who is mute. They both share the same fighting spirit that refuses to let their circumstances nor their caste define them.
The term brawler references street fighting but Sharavan’s ultimately real match is with the social and political system he is born into. Director Anurag Kashyap’s storytelling talent allows the action, drama and romance to unfold effortless in this intense film.
Cast & Credits
Anurag Kashyap, born 1972 in Gorakhpur, India, is one of India’s most prominent filmmakers known for his uncompromising films recognised both commercially and in festival circuits. His debut feature Paanch (2003) was never released due to censorship issues. His films include Black Friday (2004), No Smoking (2007) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), which brought him worldwide acclaim. The Brawler is his latest feature.
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• Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2017