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Winner from Kashyap

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14.01.2018

Mum and I are on our way to watch the new Anurag Kashyap film. She asks me what it’s about. I say it’s about boxing. She hopes that it’s not only about boxing. I say, "No, from what I’ve gathered, there’s also some romance." She wonders: "Perhaps it’s like Chak De India."

As it turns out, the film is about boxing, about the friendly sparring in a romantic relationship, as well as delivering a knock-out punch to a structurally flawed society: "Bahut hua samman," is the flagship song and running theme in the film.

With directors like Kashyap, there is no question of being out of form or returning to form. Like Glen McGrath, he will land the ball in the right place time after time. There will be natural deviations from the line.

Kashyap is always the bowler, peppering the audience – the batsman – with bouncers and questions. He will bring the ball in, make it swing away. At the half-way mark, he will bowl some vicious leg-spin, bring in the forward short leg and the silly point to form a tight circle around the bat, sledging and suffocating the audience.

Whether the film flops or does well, whether one warms to it or not, is immaterial. One goes to watch a Kashyap film out of curiosity. And complete........

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