Directed by Samit Kakkad
A story about desires and yearning for the unattainable, HALF TICKET centers around two brothers nicknamed “Big Crow Egg” and “Little Crow Egg” from the slums of Mumbai who are fascinated with the arrival of a new pizza shop in their locality. Expensive beyond their means, they long to try one. Follow Samit Kakkad’s heartwarming family adventure as the two brothers risk all odds trying to make ends meet to buy, what to them, symbolizes a luxurious life on the other side of the economic ridge–pizza. But as they will soon discover, fate has a different game in store for them.
While “Big Crow Egg” (Shubham More) and “Little Crow Egg” (Vinayak Potdar) demonstrate a remarkable ability for robbing crow’s nests on their free time, their father is in jail and their mother, (Priyanka Rose) is struggling to make ends meet on her meager sweatshop salary. The brothers collect chunks of coal which they sell to a neighboring shop owner for some loose change to help their mother. But they quickly forget about eggs when the new “Pizza Cafe” opens across the street from the slums. The two Crow Brother’s desperately try to have a taste of this lavish deliciously from what they believe to be the life of the wealthy, by doing odd jobs around town to get their entry ticket into this exclusive club–when Little Crow Egg is of course, not wetting his pants every night.
Taking advantage of Mumbai’s scenic visual variety, filmmaker Samit Kakkad brings forth beautiful cinematography with imaginative setups and energetic travelling shots all accompanied with heartwarming theme songs composed by G.V. Prakash Kumar while themes of desire, happiness, and family are ever so present as the philosophical question, “Is the grass really greener on the other side?” is explored.
Earning five wins and one nomination from the 2016 Zee Gaurav Awards, AAIFF’40 is proud to present the film’s NYC premiere.