'Kaaka Muttai' Review: A vibrant slice of life film!

'Kaaka Muttai' Review: A vibrant slice of life film!


Thursday 4 June 2015

Movie Title

Kaaka Muttai



Star Cast

Ishwarya Rajesh, Ramesh, Vignesh

A charming little treat of a film, Kaaka Muttai is written and directed by debutant Manikandan. Held together by a sharp screenplay that throws up some pleasant surprises, this film is light, easy and enjoyable.  The film works because it is intelligent and uncompromising. It is packed with delicious little scenes and moments that will have you chuckling pretty much the moment you settle into your seat.

There is a common perception about award films that they are boring and made for the critics. The entertainment element is normally missing and it would be melodramatic, and preachy. However, Kaaka Muttai is indeed an exception from the run of the mill art house films.  It is lively, cheerful and entertains big time. It is all about the life and times of two kids Periya Kakka Muttai (Vignesh) and his younger brother Chinna Kaaka Muttai (Ramesh).

The 109 -minute movie is about these two brothers growing up in a slum, who make their living stealing coal from the railway yard. Their father is in the jail while mother (Ishwarya Rajesh) brings them up and they live with their grandmother.

The poignant beauty of the film is that director Manikandan has filmed it in such a way that he portrays the life-style of the slum people as it is. Yes, people in slums do wish to become rich but they also have reasons to smile and enjoy their day-to-day life. The urchins have their own dreams like any other kids and in this case, they want to try out a Pizza from the newly opened Pizza shop.  Their curiosity about pizza is because, the new shop is opened by Tamil star Silambarasan, and the television commercials.  They decide that by hook or crook, they will gain entry into the upmarket Pizza shop and have a slice of it with their own money.

Manikandan throws light on the unequal economic situation and how kids are forced to drop out of school to chase their everyday aspirations. The best part of the film is that it is not preachy and in fact the boys born into poverty seem to be enjoying every moment of it. Kaaka Muttai  is a winner and has its heart-tugging moments, largely due to its main actors.

Both the kids Ramesh and Vignesh are outstanding and have won the National Award for their performance in the movie. Ishwarya Rajesh who acted as the mother of the brothers is a revelation and she reminds us those dark-talented heroines of Balu Mahendra films. The supporting cast of  Ramesh Thilak, Yogi, Babu Antony  are aptly cast and grab our attention.

Technically, Manikandan's cinematography is top notch and the way he has shown the slum in an eye-pleasing manner must be lauded. GV Prakash's background score and songs gels well with the theme and Kishore's cuttings are picture perfect.

Overall, Kaaka Muttai is a slice of life vibrant film which is sure to put a big smile on your face as you are stepping out of the movie hall. Well done Manikandan for making a truly international film which entertains and also shows what globalization has done to the poorest of the poor. It stimulates the one organ that popular Tamil  cinema consistently ignores–the brain! Give it a chance and prepare to be dazzled.

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