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Credited cast:
Master Shams ...
Muncipalty Ghatkopar (as Shams)
Master Salman ...
Soda (as Salman)
Master Jaffer ...
Dhed-Shanna (as Jafar)
Master Fayaaz ...
Cutting (as Fayyaz)
Baby Almas ...
Sursuri (as Almas)
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Mukta Barve ...
Lakshmi - Prostitute
Krishna Bhatt ...
Dagdu - Pimp
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(as Subrata Dutta)
Indrani Iyer
Sunil Jadhav
Barry John ...
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Jyoti Joshi ...
Jyoti Zaveri
Rasika Joshi
Arun Kadam
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While on the run from the reformatory, a 12 year old boy named Municipality finds and saves a two day old abandoned baby from becoming the prey to a ferocious street dog. Failing to find any takers among the people whom he deemed responsible and respectable, Municipality takes up the onus of finding the mother of that abandoned baby himself. Municipality's rock steady determination ultimately helps him emerge a winner against all odds as he reaches that baby's mother but in bargain he loses his most precious possession, the flawless and god-like image of a mother he used to see in his dreams and probably the hope that he'll ever find his own mother again. Written by iDream Independent Pictures

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Okay, It Speaks Volumes. Period. ♦ 44%
9 July 2014 | by (the Entertainment Capital of India) – See all my reviews

I don't understand the fuss over this film. While it successfully conveys a social message about abandonment of infants by their imbecile producers, this is shoddy filmmaking under the disguise of art.

The worst thing about Thanks Maa is its uncensored & insensitive dialogs. You will find expletives in every other dialog and it plays against the movie-watching experience. Let me remind myself that I am not watching a documentary here. I understand authenticity but the plot often mixes authenticity with non-glamorous audacity and the latter is not what a film samples while touching a topic so raw. It is independent cinema at its vulnerability because the writing is pretty pure, directly coming off the streets of Mumbai.

You may relate with the outright, on-your-face themes, the story so honestly depends on but as a film, it lacks many a points like cinematography, direction and most essentially, the narration. While it manages to deduce elements out of multiple themes (abortion, orphanage, humans in denial, Samaritan-ism, insensitivity, etc..), the cohesion is ineffective. And I see no reason why Indians, with their conservative attitude even when it comes to films, will want to see it.

BOTTOM LINE: The National Award was deserving but as it may seem, Thanks Maa is just a hyped up drama. Watch it if you love documentaries.

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? NO

Profanity: Very Critical | Vulgarity/Obscenity: Strong


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