"Slumdog Millionaire", a film which found great appeal, started this genre of interesting scripts but did end up with a very Bollywood song and dance. There is a little music in this one too but it is mainly background.
It tells the story of two little boys very ably played by V Ramesh, Little Crow's Egg, and J Vignesh, Big Crow's Egg,who live in a Chennai slum with their mother (Aishwarya Rajesh) and grandmother (Shanti Mani). We soon find out that their father is in the TB ward of a prison for offences which are not clear and it seems the lawyer is not managing to progress his case very well and wants more money which the mother can ill afford.
She is struggling to make ends meet and relies on her mother in law for some baby sitting of the boys. When you start watching the film, you soon realise that Indian children are thrown in at the deep end and have to contribute to the household finances from a very early age, so there is minimal baby sitting involved here, though the grandmother is a person who the boys love and always ask her advice.
There are certainly no health and safety concerns when they cross busy streets, climb trees or take buses all by themselves. These two are particularly adept at getting up to mischief but also finding novel ways of making a little bit of money for their mother, whether it is picking up bits of coal from the sides of the railway lines, which they then sell on, or escorting drunken men home.
The boys see the opening of a new restaurant which sells pizza and the story revolves around them trying to get a taste of this mysterious but exciting new food.
In the course of this and without revealing too much, we have scenarios unfolding which show us the dirt and destitution of the slums, the political machinations of people in power and the corruption at all levels of society, but also the deceptions played between collaborators and the cow towing to people in authority.