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Kaaka Muttai

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Critic Rating

8.0

18 Reviews
14 Ratings
100%
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Audience Rating

8.3
1 Review
4 Ratings

Movie Info

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Language

Tamil

Synopsis

Kaaka Muttai is a story based in a tiny concrete-and-tin Chennai home, where two young brothers live with their mother and grandmother. The boys constantly beg their mother and grandmother for toys they can't afford, and even for a television. They don't yet understand that the two women can't give them everything they want. When their mother does find a way to bring an old television home, it's the opening of a portal. The boys see a pizza commercial whose steaming, slow-motion images make the unfamiliar food look like manna from heaven. And from that point on, they dream of nothing but getting their first taste of pizza.Wikipedia

Kaaka Muttai Reviews

'Kaakka Muttai' is a window facing the sea which allows the calm evening sun to enter the muscles and ribs of the human body to warm the heart. The evening sun also brings with it a refreshing breeze staging the essentiality of watching a film.

Gautaman Bhaskaran
Hindustan Times

7

The only disappointment I had with the film was its rather cliched way of reaching the finale. We have seen an innumerable times the cocky interference by television channels, the corrupt politicians and the unethical practices of businessmen. Manikandan could have devised another climax in a movie which uses subtle ways to condemn ruthless consumerism and the brazenness of celebrities in promoting products.

Anupama Subramanian
Deccan Chronicle

7

Overall, with unenhanced visuals that gives a sense of verisimilitude, acting that isn’t staged and dramatized in any obvious sense, and more importantly, characters that bring alive a subsection of the populace, Kaakka Muttai is sure to make you at least a slightly better person than you were before, owing to the reflective power of the film.

The director has touched upon many issues: the class divide, poverty, desires, the root of anti-social behaviour, the fickleness of society, the lure of advertisements, the influence of film stars, and the insensitive media. But he has chosen to do it discreetly.He has generously peppered the narrative with fun moments without undermining the underlying concern.Kaaka Muttai is totally worth it, definitely a must watch.

Times News Network
Times Of India

8

Yes, there is difficulty and sorrow in their lives, but there is also an abundant amount of ingenuity, endless optimism, and indefatigable spirit and this is what makes these characters memorable and helps the film soar.

Suhani Singh
India Today

6

Ultimately, Kaakka Muttai celebrates the joys of childhood and the vivid imagination of kids, who find a way to reach their goal even if it is the most arduous one.

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These are difficult decisions for parents to make, but rest assured that if you are brave enough to take your young adult offspring to see this film, they will probably have a blast and come out just a little wiser. Just like the adults who have the good sense to watch Kaakka Muttai.Don't miss this film. If not for anything else, then because Little Crow's Egg's cheeky grin is a treasure you'll store in your memories long after you've left the theatre.

10

...is a little gem that's highly recommended and deserves to be celebrated. Tamil cinema should be proud of it and Dhanush and filmmaker Vetrimaaran should proudly raise their collars for co-producing it.

Raisa Nasreen
BookMyShow

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This is undoubtedly one of the best films Tamil cinema will see this year! It offers more than a slice of pizza, it offers us a slice of Kaaka Muttai‘s life! Go for it. It might teach you a thing or two about materialism and your kids about, well, how to be kids!

IndiaGlitz
India Glitz

8

Rush to the nearest theatre and don’t forget to take your children along to witness a slice of life that will fascinate you...

Bollywood Life
Bollywood Life

8

This movie has involves a brilliant piece of writing and fantastic performances by Ramesh, Vignesh and Iyshwarya Rajesh. Don’t miss it!

Uday Bhatia
LiveMint

-

All this might sound a little maudlin, but Kaaka Muttai is a largely unsentimental look at hopes and dreams in miniature. Whether they’re eating raw crow’s eggs, bribing a pair of rich kids for their clothes, or returning drunkards to their homes (for a fee), the film invites us to admire the resourcefulness of the two siblings without turning them into objects of pity or sentiment. It’s the strangest feel-good film you’ll see this year: two kids in rags, happily walking past piles of garbage, their heads full of pizza.

...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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It is so entertaining that it’s easy to forget how sad the undercurrents are. CM and PM no longer go to school because there’s no money.

Is it possible to entertain the audience while hitting them hard with subtle messages? Is it possible to satisfy both critics and commercial movie lovers to the fullest at the same time? Kaaka Muttai achieves exactly these. It's not everyday you come across movies like Kaaka Muttai, for it is rare.

8

Kakka Muttai is must watch film… Don’t miss this brilliant film!

Audience Reviews for Kaaka Muttai

  • Bindu Cherungath
    Bindu Cherungath
    126 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    9

    Kaaka Muttai is a heart-touching phenomenal apologue of two brothers and their pursuit of wanting to earn Pizza. Story, cast and screenplay are absolutely brilliant. A must-watch movie.

    Kaaka Muttai (காக்கா முட்டை) is a Tamil film written, directed and filmed by M Manikandan. Awesome debut with a masterpiece! This film had seen its release in Toronto International Film festival last year on 5th September, 2014. Manikandan has set a new benchmark for the film industry. The film is an apologue of sorts, which deals with so much of relevant and vital issues of our country. Although, we know these realities, we have failed to acknowledge the same, our sensory organs deny to notice these. It appears to be Children’s movie since two boys are the lead protagonists, but it actually turns out to be everyone’s movie. Manikandan has handled issues viz. Social Class divide, underprivileged children struggling to fulfill their desires, pain of compromising with poverty, child labour, businessmen’s power to strike the right chord using money, politician’s selfish agenda to cash-in every incident & to turn it in their favour, media’s desperate attempts to show a story even without crosschecking the facts etc. Beauty of the movie is that Manikandan is able to convey these messages in a very light but heart-touching manner. I was choked with emotions while watching this movie. I was reflecting continuously how am I contributing to change the things for better. Probably no efforts at all. I just end up writing this film’s review and with due respect to every section of the society, somebody will be highlighting the issues through media, people in power might be promising a lot, but in reality, action is missing. How many of us actually become the reason for the change which makes our country a better place for every citizen? The grimness of the issues dealt in the movie is leavened most of the times with a steady stream of fabulous characters. The life of the characters in the movie is being shown through a cinematic spectrum, but it looks like as if we are watching it live and in person.

    Kaaka Muttai (means Crow’s eggs) is the story of two brothers (real names: Vignesh and Ramesh) who live in the area of Chennai. They stay with their mother (Aishwarya Rajesh), paternal grandmother and a pug. Filmmaker has chosen not to give names to these siblings. The two brothers call themselves as Periya Kaaka Muttai (Vignesh) and Chinna Kaaka Muttai (Ramesh). Father is in jail and mother is trying to bail him out. She is working hard to make ends meet. The opening scene itself is an interesting one with younger Kaaka Muttai’s bed-wetting. The two brothers enjoy going to a playground where the elder Kaaka Muttai feeds crow with rice which was his share of food and he had filled his pocket with the same hiding from mother and grandmother. They both enjoy having raw kaaka muttai as well. It is disturbing to see these kids (one of them hasn’t even stopped bed-wetting), not going to school, but to pick up coal from the railway lines, sell the same to earn a meager sum of Rs. 10 a day. Manikandan’s magic is to make these tough scenes also appear light with siblings’ banter. If elder Kaaka Muttai demands cell phone from his father, younger one keeps on telling mother to get a TV for him. It is a delight to watch their joy when mother does finally bring a TV and another TV was delivered at home to grandmother as part of government’s scheme.

    The kids lose the playground to developmental activities happening in the city and in no time, trees were cut, ground was leveled and tall structure was standing there. A Pizza store opened which was inaugurated by the actor Silambarasan. Kaaka Muttai(s) and his friends were elated to see the actor eating Pizza. There starts a new desire for both the brothers i.e. to have Pizza. When they learn that it would cost them Rs. 299/- for a Pizza, they decide to earn it. They start working very hard, get help from their friend (an adult friend) Fruit Juice in collecting more coal, sell the same and earn more every day.

    What happens thereafter? What all these two brothers do? Do they manage to earn Pizza for themselves? If yes, how do they do it? What all they had to face in the process? How do they arrange the resources to have a bite of Pizza. How rest of the cast make a part of this story? It appears to be a simple tale of two brothers desiring to have a bite of Pizza, but this story has been conveyed with so much of depth.

    Vignesh and Ramesh are the true heroes of the film. They are so convincing throughout the movie. Aishwarya is brilliant as their mother and she has done such a powerful work in the movie. She is persistent in following up with advocate to get her husband back. As a loving mother of two naughty children, she adds so much value. Grandmother is also superb. Rest of the cast are all very good.

    Lot many scenes are worth mentioning but that may reveal this beautiful story. Let me mention a few scenes. Grandmother’s pizza making efforts when she learns about boys’ desire to have one. Children going beyond their limits to earn Pizza for themselves. Their befriending a rich boy, and communicating with one another by standing on either side of iron fencing – the social divide is so nicely conveyed. Everyday when they meet, they have some stories to talk about. Another scene is where heart-to-heart conversation between mother-in-law and the daughter-in-law happens. It is heartening to see the relationship between them even amidst crisis.

    The film has received many accolades. It has got two national award this year: National Film Award for Best Children’s Film and Best Child Artist (both Ramesh and Vignesh). It has also fetched Audience Award at Indian Film Festival, Los Angeles for Best Feature Film and Best Actor.

    Kaaka Muttai is a heart-touching phenomenal apologue of two brothers and their pursuit of wanting to earn Pizza. Story, cast and screenplay are absolutely brilliant. A must-watch movie.

    June 08, 15