Kakka Muttai, the much applauded Tamil film which was released last year has been chosen as India’s official entry for the Academy awards this year. The film which is directed and written by Manikandan was selected to participate in the Oscar race in the category of Best Foreign Film. The flick had been financed by popular Kollywood actor Dhanush and Vetrimaran and it has been distributed by the famous Fox Star Studios all over. Two new faces named Ramesh and Vignesh played the lead roles in this flick along with Iyshwarya Rajesh. The soulful music of the film is composed by G V Prakash Kumar.
The flick tells the story of two children from the slums of Chennai, Tamilnadu and their great desire is to eat a pizza. Even though the flick was released worldwide on June 5th, the first official premiere of the film had took place last year September at Toronto International Film Festival. The flick had won great critical appreciation for its making and performance and in the recently announced National awards of 2015 in India it had got two recognitions as well. One is for Best Children’s Film and the other one is for the Best Child Artist. Both Ramesh and Vignesh got this award for their spectacular performance in the film. Actor Silambarasan played a cameo in the film and it also has Mollywood actor Babu Antony in it in a prominent role of a landlord.
It is the debut film of the director and Manikandan has amazed everyone with such a classic film first up. The flick was screened in many international and prestigious film festivals before its worldwide release this year and in film festivals at Rome, Brisbane, Dubai, Los Angeles and also in Gold Coast Film Festival it had received great appreciation and applause. The film had also become a super hit at box office even after it had no stars in it to attract the viewers.
Last time Oscar came to Indian soil through A R Rahman, Gulzar and Rasool Pookkutty. That was also a film about the slum kids in India. This time another film made about slum kids in Chennai is selected for Oscars. Will they repeat the magic and bring another Oscar to our soil..? Keep your fingers crossed..!