Kaaka Muttai (2015)
Movie: Kaaka Muttai (CBFC U)
Cast: Ramesh, Vignesh, Iyshwarya Rajesh, Babu Antony, Silambarasan, Dhanush
Direction: M. Manikandan
Producer: Dhanush, Vetrimaaran
Banner: Wunderbar Films, Grass Root Film Company
Music: G. V. Prakash Kumar
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Run Time: 110 Mins
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Kaaka Muttai (2015)

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Kaaka Muttai is the first film to have its world premiere at Toronto since the festival’s inception in 1976. There has long been a notion that art films or films that win awards will have low production values and will not be entertaining. ‘Kaaka Muttai’ has rewritten history by being one of the most entertaining films that is also thought provoking at the same time. Dhanush and Vetrimaaran, who have jointly produced the film, have a winner on their hands.


The film revolves around the lives, hopes and dreams of two youngsters, Periya Kaaka Muttai (Vignesh) and Chinna Kaaka Muttai (Ramesh) living in the slums of Chennai.

A swanky pizza joint opens near their slum. Actor Simbhu is invited for the inauguration, and the children 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 resort to stealing and other ingenious tricks like ferrying drunkards from the bar to their homes.

Soon they have enough money for the pizza; unfortunately, their clothes are not good enough for the fancy restaurant.

Callously driven away by the watchman, the kids are determined to earn some more to buy decent clothes.

Sadly, not even branded jeans and T-shirts can hide their wretched background. This time they are physically abused before being thrown out. Deeply humiliated, the children give up on their dreams. The second half veers slightly towards the commercial.

4 Reviews

  1. Rediff

    Brilliant, a delightful entertainer with a subtle message. Totally worth it, definitely a must watch.

    Director Manikandan, who also wields the camera, has unobtrusively captured all the nitty-gritty details of the filthy, shabby, congested run-down rat-holes that serve as homes for the slum dwellers.

    G V Prakash’s music perfectly complements the milieu and at under two hours, editing by T E Kishore is spot on. But the soul of the film is undoubtedly its characters, especially young Ramesh and Vignesh, who won a National Award for their stunning effort.

    Ishwarya Rajesh, who plays the children’s mother, is perfectly cast, and so is the grandmother, who attempts to make pizza with dosa batter for her desperate grandchildren.

    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.

  2. Indiaglitz

    Brilliantly made Entertainer. Rush to the nearest theatre to witness a slice of life that will fascinate you

    Kudos to director Manikandan for extracting a wide range of emotions from the child actors Ramesh and Vignesh, winning them both National and International Awards. The chemistry between the two real life brothers is so heartwarming that everyone can relate to them.

    G. V. Prakash Kumar’s BGM is unobtrusive, which elevates the narration to the higher level. Cameraman Manikandan transports the viewer to the slum and the rail yard and one can almost smell the stink and the charcoal. The late Kishore T.E. has seamlessly edited the film to let life unfold on screen.

    ‘Kaaka Muttai’ turns out to be a near perfect marriage of Art and Commercial Cinema. Don’t miss this Movie.

  3. Behindwoods

    A movie Tamil cinema fans can be proud of !

    The biggest plus of the film is its casting. The boys, Ramesh and Vignesh are terrific and natural justifying their National Awards. Kudos to Manikandan for spotting them! You never get the feel of watching someone act in front of the camera.

    Kaakka Muttai is appealing in many ways. The primary factor is its non-judgmental tone. Manikandan has very skillfully revealed the economic divide without being in-your face types, conveying his ideas on the way.

    The director has also softly jibed the role of media in current times and the society in general. But he never goes overboard or out-of-sync.

    Simplicity is the soul of Kaakka Muttai which helps it earn its brownie points. When this is combined with noble intentions and good execution, it is little wonder that the film has earned all its accolades.

    In all, the beautifully made Kaakka Muttai will easily be one of the gems of Tamil cinema that will please all types of audience. Go for it!

  4. Sify

    Slice of life vibrant film to put a big smile on your face as you are stepping out of the movie hall.

    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.

    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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