Saturday, June 6, 2015

Kakka Muttai: Happiness doesn't have a price tag

Please go & watch Kakka Muttai. Take everybody along with you - your family, your friends, your children, your neighbours, your colleagues, your boss, your building security guard, your house-help, your lift-man. Basically anybody who has touched your life at any point of time. I'd go as far to say that if you take your ex to watch this, he / she might want to get back with you.

Okay, forget the ex bit. That's perhaps stretching it too far, but you get the drift, no? Please go & watch Kakka Muttai.

Kakka Muttai is one of those rare films that we get to savour very rarely, that we want everybody we know to watch it.

I was born with a superpower - that of being happy. I realised it after my first break up, that I didn't need a person or a thing to be happy. Happiness is just a state of mind, and I know how to be happy. I have been the happiest in the last two decades of my life, soon after I understood that there is no point in ending your life over a relationship or anything remotely material. If I could, I would immediately rename myself 'Happy Muttai' or 'Happy Cutlet'.

Touchwood. Also,


M. Manikandan's Kakka Muttai, for me is a masterclass in being happy. I know many people who get the happiest when they get a text from the bank saying, "Your salary has been credited." I also know a few people who have given up plush jobs to chase their dreams. I have enjoyed, and suffered both these phases, and today I am in the happiest phase of my life. I am living the dream, and my mom has told me that all these good things are happening because of Rani being in my life.

Kakka Muttai is about two urchins who were born with the superpower of being happy, and they knew of it when they were too young. Being happy was the easiest thing for them... Picking coal that has fallen by the railway tracks didn't sadden them, eating uncooked crow eggs for breakfast didn't turn them into cynics, they didn't even know what money could do - till the bloody pizza shop was inaugurated in their neighbourhood.

Lots of things happen in Kakka Muttai, and nothing looks forced or gimmicky - not even the fab cameo by my favourite Simbu. The film instigates you to think of so many important life questions, but not while you are watching it. The thinking process kicks in after you are done watching it. Throughout the running time of the film, I was only invested in senior and junior kaka muttais. Will they get to eat the proverbial 'peesa'? Will the 'peesa' make them happier?

I got to have my first 'peesa' early in life, and I loved it, but today, I get happiest when I buy a pack of Cadbury's Gems or Parle Poppins. In between the senior and junior Kakka Muttais, I rediscovered the bond I had with my kid bro, who now is about to become a doc with a MD degree. I am happiest knowing the fact that even if I take an Uber X to work and back, I know that I am just filling the coffers of some greedy MNC who is cheating me in some way.

After you watch M. Manikandan's Kakka Muttai, you will know what I was trying to say in the last paragraph. I have been told by many that there is some light in my eyes, but all I know is that I have light coloured eyes. I love it when colleagues judge ideas if I react to them with my feet tapping while I listen to them, IF I think they are worth anything. At the risk of sounding immodest, I am proud that my childlike innocence is still intact; Kakka Muttai reflected it.

Happiness doesn't come with a price tag, it's within us. Happiness is like rajma-chawal... maa ke haath ka bana huwa. It takes very little to be happy. We all can be happy.

Please go & watch Kakka Muttai.

Pretty please, with extra cheese on top.