The film won two National Awards thanks to its simple concept
Produced by actor Dhanush and director Vetrimaaran, Kaaka Muttai (Crow’s Egg) that recently won two National Awards - namely - National Film Award for Best Children's Film and National Film Award for Best Child Artist - Ramesh Thilaganathan and J. Vignesh – has released in theatres to a stupendous opening. Just 98 minutes long, this movie is not your usual masala fare and is a breath of fresh air in Tamil cinema.
What it’s about
Kaaka Muttai has won two National Awards and rightly so. Debutant director M Manikandan has taken a simple concept – a desire for pizza - and shown us the world through the eyes of two young slum children. Two small boys (Vignesh and Ramesh) - whose names are not revealed in the film but call themselves as Chinna Kaaka Muttai and Periya Kaaka Muttai - live in a slum in Saidapet, Chennai. Their mother (Iyshwarya Rajesh) works in a factory that makes aluminium vessels, while their father is in jail (for reasons unknown). Since they can’t afford to go to school, the boys spend their days collecting coal along the railway tracks for money. One day, they come across a pizza pamphlet from a nearby outlet and desperately want to have one. It costs Rs 300 and the boys start saving up money for this while their mother is saving up money to get their father released on bail. Though their grandmother tries to make them a pizza from dosai and a friend offers them a half-eaten pizza slice, the elder brother is determined to have a pizza from the outlet. How they fulfil this desire forms the rest of the story. Manikandan’s story is full of humour and yet poignant as it shows us the life of these two boys in the slum and the dynamics of slum life. The politician, the businessman, and the small guys who try to make a quick buck – all of them exist in this charming story that warms your heart.
The performance by the two boys - Vignesh and Ramesh - is simply wonderful. These two boys were hand picked from the slum itself by director Manikandan and the realistic performances could not have been any better. Though you see the dirtier part of Chennai, it doesn’t make you cringe but instead you cheer for these two boys. Manikandan’s direction is a major plus to this film – his visuals are also very appealing.
The first 20 minutes of the films tends to slow and you are not sure where the story is headed but it picks up quickly.
What to do
This movie has involves a brilliant piece of writing and fantastic performances by Ramesh, Vignesh and Iyshwarya Rajesh. Don’t miss it!
P.S. It has sub-titles so those who don’t know Tamil can go and enjoy it as well!
Rating : 4 out of 5
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