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Times of India
Remakes generally face a problem of not being identified with by viewers, unless it's a action film where you don't really have to understand much. Fortunately, 'Half Ticket' eliminates that aspect by changing the setting of the film.
A remake of the much acclaimed 'Kaaka Muttai', this Samit Kakkad directorial is an absolute treat to watch. And the fact that every scene is an exact replication of the original won't really bother you unless you have seen 'Kaaka Muttai'.
'Half Ticket' has a simple story with ample twists in the plot. It is a tale of two brothers (Shubham and Vinayak) who live in a slum and harbour big dreams. Their father is locked away in jail and their mother (Bose) struggles to make ends meet. The brothers help her by selling coal that falls off wagons on the railway tracks. Like any other kids, the brothers keep asking for new things to be brought in the house and when their mother wins a TV in a lucky draw contest, they are introduced to a whole new world of glamour. This is when a pizza store opens in their neighbourhood. Now, the brother's only aim is to save money and eat a pizza. But it's not that easy, is it? The essence of Mumbai's slums has been captured beautifully in the film. It has humour, innocence and tragedy, and you feel a little of everything while watching Half Ticket.
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Shubham and Vinayak are affable and worth appreciating. Their innocence rubs off on the viewers. Priyanka speaks volumes through her expressions. Bhau Kadam as the gangman who helps the kids, moves away from his comic avatar and makes the most of this opportunity. Other actors, including Usha Naik, Shashank Shende and Kailash Waghmare, do well too.
'Half Ticket' subtly brings forth a lot of issues like the rich-poor divide, opportunism and it does so effortlessly. The movie is unnecessarily stretched in some parts but nevertheless, it's definitely worth a watch.