Starring: Vignesh, Ramesh, Iyshwarya Rajesh, Ramesh Thilak, Joe Mallori and many more
Editing : Te Kishore
Music : GV Prakash Kumar
Cinematography and Directed by: Manikandan
Kaaka Muttai is the film which got premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival ’14 and recently got the National award for the best children film and also for the best child actors. This is the preface of the film other than which there are no star power for the film apart from the fact it was produced by one of the leading actor and one of the leading director. Usually the films which gets awards at the festivals will be treated as pure cinema and lets see how this film has been treated.
The film revolves around the lives, hopes and dreams of two youngsters, Periya Kaaka Muttai (Vignesh) and Chinna Kaaka Muttai (Ramesh) who lives along the slum side of Chennai. A swanky pizza joint opens near their slum which gets inaugurated by actor Simbhu (yes he has played himself). These two become obsessed with the tempting pizza that is served to him. At first, they decide to earn the Rs.300 needed for the pizza but it seems like a distant dream. So they plan to earn the amount by doing all sorts of works which comes their way. Soon they have enough money for the pizza but they are not allowed to go in due to their dirty dress. They earn more money and manage to get the new dress but this time they are physically abused before being thrown out. Did they get the chance to taste the pizza or not is the rest.
The main plus of the film is the chemistry between the brothers and the bonding they share with their mom and their granny. Even though they are poor financially, they are very rich in the terms of being happy. Even though they are known as Chinna and Periya Kaaka Muttai we were not even told about their real names in the film and that’s how the director has made us to stay with the film. Although this is a film on the kids who are under privileged the film is not at all preachy and shows only good things.
Both the kids Ramesh and Vignesh shine with effortless performances and it didn’t come as a surprise when they won National Award for their feat in the movie. Special mention for Chinna Kaaka Muttai as he has shown various emotions in his face and his innocence is cute. Iyshwarya should be really proud for accepting such a character which offers more challenge as the mother of two. Supporting actors like the grandmother (Aaya) and Joe Mallori (Pazharasam) who helps the boys collect charcoal at the railway tracks, to name a few, have delivered the goods. Ramesh Thilak and Yogi Babu have succeeded in making the audience laugh at regular intervals.
As he is the director, Cameraman Manikandan has an easy task and he has caught the entire slum and the houses nearby which has been portrayed authentically. Late Kishore’s editing is perfect for such type of films which is proved by the duration of the film (109 minutes). GV Prakash’s music adds the pep to the proceedings. Towards the end the film lags a bit, but the ending is satisfactory but what the kids say after tasting the pizza is what reality of the real kids. Manikandan has given a decent film which is built with many small packages and has cemented the film with a powerful screenplay which has things which we see in our daily life. A fun film which has some amount of subtle message which can be watched by all standards of people. Kaaka Muttai – Small and intelligent film with a big heart..!! Embrace with both the hands..!! 🙂