It appears to be the season of joy for filmmakers outside mainstream cinema in India.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Hansal Mehta’s critically acclaimed ‘Aligarh’ had been backed by the mainstream behemoth Eros International and now one of the year’s most heart-warming films has been signed up by Fox Star Studios for a UK release.
The Crow’s Egg (‘Kaakka Muttai’) is a delicate and life-affirming Tamil language comedy-drama by filmmaker M Manikandan and has been a film festival darling over the past year.
Described as a “South Indian Slumdog Millionaire”, the film tells the story of two young brothers – Kaakka Muttai and Chinna Kaakka Muttai – who live amidst the squalor of a Chennai slum.
The enterprising pair embark on a journey to raise enough money to visit their local pizza parlour – where a single pizza costs more than their family’s month income.
What follows is an irresistible childhood adventure that is deeply moving and rib-ticklingly funny at once and which sheds light on the great Indian economic divide.
The film is in UK cinemas 20 November.