Anger management at a Chennai cinema
How Shoba Narayan queued up to watch the latest Tamil indie and dished out multi-coloured combs to aunties
I tried my anger management technique when I was standing in line for tickets to Kaaka Muttai. The new Tamil film is a must-watch, even for those who don’t understand Tamil. The story is simple: Two slum boys want to taste pizza. How they achieve this goal forms the core of this heartwarming debut. Director M. Manikandan, who lists Iranian films A Separation and Children Of Heaven as his influences, and Nandita Das as the actor he would like to direct, keeps the story moving with assured restraint. No over-the-top Sivaji Ganesan-type histrionics that mark Tamil films of yore (but truth be told, I kinda miss those). Kaaka Muttai—the phrase means “crow’s eggs" and refers to the crow’s eggs that the two boys steal and eat—has already won several international awards. Hopefully, it will become a sleeper hit along the lines of Queen.