My Pizza will never taste the same again!
When was the last time we peeped out of the car window to spare a moment about the boy peddling at the traffic signal?
Kakka Muttai is a different movie about a different world that lives right under our nose but one that we overlook. The movie takes us to a world where basic facilities from a toilet or the idiot box (luxuries for many) in life are a rarity. A world that is dirty and our mind conjures avoidance of dirt. And yet, it is part of the same society that we live in. One pole and two ends of it. The ends never get to see, appreciate or talk to each other and yet is part of the same pole. How many movies speak about the 827 million people in India that live with Rs. 20 per day? Perhaps no movie has scored over the 100 crore club with such subjects is a point in case. So here are two happy go lucky siblings that are found everywhere in the city and yet we do not notice or give attention to. The last one we gave attention to was perhaps Slumdog Millionaire.
Man is driven by his desires, big or small. In a world driven by consumerism, Rs. 300 is a pittance and yet a larger section of the society finds it challenging to fulfil some rudimentary desires that cost less than a rupee a day for a year. This movie is about desires. It makes you sit up and take note that eating a pizza would be as tough for the “have nots” as it is for the “haves” to buy a car. You yearn for it, then earn for it and eventually pay for it.
The kids with all joy stride along to the pizza joint to realise the moment they have been waiting for, only to be denied entry and humiliated by the staff. This is potentially a boiling point scene for the average masala director or so you may think. Avoiding melodrama and bypassing vendetta, the director makes his protagonist stare at the staff with a sense of emptiness, powerlessness and crushed desire. A poignant moment of disappointment. The tears of the kid will moist your eyes. Brilliant portrayal and a definite highpoint!
Desires at small age if unfulfilled can tend people to resort to unfair means. Thankfully, the movie coasts along the right side of pursuit. The innocence and simplicity in desires tug at you. The kids, so endearing and heart-warming leave a lasting impression on you. Not to forget every character that is etched beautifully
Globalisation will continue, society marginalisation will go on, politics will plague the country, but my pizza will never taste the same again.
Getting muttai (eggs) in answer sheets is usual. Watching this one is not smile emoticon