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The Crow's Egg (Kaakkaa Muttai)

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M. Manikandan / Feature Narrative / India / 2014 / 108 min / Colour / DCP
In Tamil / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Children
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.



In a tiny concrete-and-tin Chennai home live two young brothers with their mother and grandmother. The boys constantly beg their elders for toys and a television – things they simply cannot afford. They don't yet understand that the women cannot give them everything they want. When their mother does find a way to bring an old television home, a portal opens. The boys see a pizza commercial, whose steaming, slow-motion images make the unfamiliar food look like manna from heaven. From that moment on, they dream of nothing but getting their first taste of pizza.

About the Director

M. Manikandan was born in a small village in the south of Tamil Nadu in India. As a police officer’s son, he moved around the country with his father’s various assignments and, as a result, attended six different schools in India. After high school he went on to do a diploma in automobile engineering. Realising engineering wasn’t his calling, he instead pursued a career as a wedding photographer, and then as an assistant cameraman on feature films. His directorial career began with ‘Wind’ (2010), a critically acclaimed short narrative film that was an official selection at many renowned film festivals. Impressed with ‘Wind’, director Vetri Maaran and actor Dhanush helped produce Manikandan’s first feature, ‘The Crow’s Egg’.


M. Manikandan
M. Manikandan
Dhanush Kastooriraja, Vetri Maaran
Kishore TE
Sales Company
Fox Star Studios Pvt. Ltd.
Production Company
Grass Root film, Wunderbar Films Pvt. Ltd., Fox Star Studios Pvt. Ltd.
Thilaganathan, Vignesh, Aishwarya Rajesh

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