Mala Aai Vhhaychy!

Mala Aai Vhhaychy! ([məla aːi ʋɦaːjtsəj], transl. I want to be a mother!) is a 2011 Indian Marathi-language film produced and directed by Samruoddhi Porey. The story deals with growing surrogacy practices in India where women are used as surrogates by foreigners. The film is an emotional drama telling the story of one such surrogate mother who bears a foreigner's child.[1]

Mala Aai Vhhaychay!
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Directed bySamruoddhi Porey
Written bySamruoddhi Porey
Produced bySamruoddhi Porey
CinematographyRahul Jadhav
Edited byDeven Murudeshwar
Music byAshok Patki
Release date
  • 11 February 2011 (2011-02-11)

The film is critically acclaimed and won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Marathi in 2011.[2] It was remade in Telugu as Welcome Obama in 2013,[3] and in Hindi as Mimi in 2021.[4]


Mary comes looking to India for a surrogate mother to bear a child. She finds a poor woman Yashoda who accepts the offer. Yashoda gets pregnant successfully. But during her pregnancy, doctors inform Mary & Yashoda that due to some complications the child would probably be born with disabilities. Mary decides to quit through this and leaves India. Yashoda begs her to not leave. But she is then left alone with a child in her womb. Few years later Mary loses her patience and decided to come back and look for her child.

The film shows the story in legal and emotional perspective of who should the child be with; his surrogate mother who raised him or his mother who has the blood relation with him.


  • Urmila Kanetkar as Yashoda
  • Stacy Bee as Mary
  • Samruoddhi Porey as Nanda
  • Aiden Barkely as Madhav
  • Vivek Raut as Ganpath
  • Sulbha Deshpande as Sindhu tai
  • Askhay Deshpande
  • Shreya Porey
  • Suchitra Bandekar
  • Matt Ridde
  • Rupali Modak|Rupali Modak
  • Atul Bhardwaj
  • Sandip Rajput
  • Ronit Malode
  • Srushti Porey
  • Shubhankar Raut
  • Nakshatra Rajgire
  • Sumit Ghom


The writer-director-producer of the film, Samruoddhi Porey is a practicing lawyer in Bombay High Court. The story of the film is based on one of the surrogacy cases she came across.

The film completed its shooting in the rural areas near Melghat-Chikhaldara of Amravati district in Maharashtra.[5]

Aiden Barkely, who plays the role of a 4 year old surrogate child hails from Washington DC. He was selected for the role because of his blonde looks and was then tutored in Marathi, especially the Warhadi dialect. Aiden's father Matt also appears in the film. Matt and his spouse confirmed that Aiden himself was a surrogate child born in India and they were back in India to have their second surrogate child when Porey noticed Aiden and approached them for the role.[5]

Awards and recognitionEdit

The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Marathi. The film was also selected to be shown to President Obama by President Pratibha Patil.[6]


The music of the film is composed by Ashok Patki on lyrics written by Samruoddhi Porey. Kunal Ganjawala and Vaishali Samant have sung the songs.[6]



  1. ^ Pallavi Kharade (20 February 2011). "Medical-based films take centre stage in Marathi cinema". DNA India. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  2. ^ "58th National Film Awards, 2010" (PDF).
  3. ^ Welcome Obama Theatrical Trailer - Singeetham Srinivasa Rao. YouTube. Archived from the original on 11 December 2021.
  4. ^ DEVASHEESH PANDEY (1 August 2021). "Reel Retake: Mimi Does Away with Simplicity, Realness of Mala Aai Vahhaychy and Welcome Obama". News 18. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  5. ^ a b "American child actor surprises with fluent Marathi". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  6. ^ a b Priyanka Jain (11 November 2010). "Obama watches Mala Aai Vhhaychy". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 24 November 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2011.

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