Starring: Vignesh, Ramesh, Iyshwarya Rajesh, Silambarasan
Directed by M. Manikandan
They are the unkempt, unbathed urchins. They have a toy watch picked off the streets and a stray dog for a pet. Across the colony gate is their friend from a well-to-do family, who sports a real watch and has been gifted a pug. There is that gate between them, they talk across it but never quite throw it open to mingle.
Kaaka Muttai is about obvious, unjust class divides—between the privileged and the deprived—in Chennai. But its characters could well inhabit ugly urban slums anywhere; the story could unfold in any impoverished home. Debutant director Manikandan lays the details out unflinchingly—the shabby home with a kerchief-sized toilet rubbing shoulders with the kitchen, the open drains, the mesh of overhead wires, the haphazardly hung clothes, the daily rhythms of life—from fetching water to putting clothes out to dry.