january 23-30, 2002
greenbelt cinema 1, makati city
metro manila, philippines www.mov.moviespage.com
Best Actor at Kara Film Fest 2001
Mottuka is a term used to describe the act of banging a clenched fist on someone's head, usually as a punishment. This is the story of an eight-year-old Arumugham and his hear of a prospective Maths teacher.
Having passed into the fourth standard, Arumugham is thrilled. His family cannot afford the new books so he must borrow them from the watchman's son, Kanniappan, who is going into the fifth standard. Kaniappan not only gives him the books, he also tells him about Ragahvan, the fourth standard Maths teacher, notorious for the Mottukas he gives at a moment's notice, causing, in Kanniappan's words, 'your head to swell up like a watermelon'.
Arumugham spends the rest of his holiday in a panic: he falls ill, his mother takes him to a doctor, he cannot eat. Kanniappan's words resound in his head reducing him to a state of utter despair. Then, the first day of this new term dawns. Arumugham sits frozen to his chair, waiting for the inevitable Mottuka to strike.
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