Munna (1954 film)

Munna also called The Lost Child is a 1954 Hindi social drama film produced and directed by K. A. Abbas for the Naya Sansar banner.[1] The story was written by Abbas with photography by Ramchandra.[2] The music director was Anil Biswas though there were no songs in the film.[3] Master Romi played Munna and the actor Jagdeep appeared as a child artist in the film. The rest of the cast included Sulochana Chatterjee, Shammi, Tripti Mitra, Achala Sachdev, David, Manmohan Krishna, Johnny Walker, Rashid Khan and Nana Palsikar.[4]

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Directed byK. A. Abbas
Written byK. A. Abbas
Produced byK. A. Abbas
StarringMaster Romi
Achla Sachdev
Manmohan Krishna
Music byAnil Biswas
Naya Sansar
Release date
  • 1954 (1954)
Running time
139 minutes

The film is stated to be a sequel to Abbas' debut directorial film Dharti Ke Lal (1946), especially with reference to the beginning of Dharti Ke Lal.[2] Cited as the first Indian film produced without songs and dances, it was acclaimed as an international critical success though it failed at the box office.[5]

A couple wants to adopt a child from an orphanage, but he escapes. His mother looks for him and the two keep missing each other. The story was later used by Chetan Anand for his film Aakhri Khat (1960).[6]


Munna (Romi) is a six-year-old boy who lives with his poor widowed mother (Tripti Mitra). In the city, the mother is finding it hard to get food for him. Finally Munna's mother, unable to fend for him, leaves him at an orphanage. Munna escapes from there to look for his mother and they cross several times only to miss each other at different places in the city. His journey results in him coming across several characters; bringing a change in their lives. The story also involves a couple who wants to adopt Munna.



  1. ^ "Munna (1954)". Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Munna (1954)". Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Munna (1954)". MySwar. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Munna (The Lost Child)". Alan Goble. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  5. ^ Booth, Gregory (15 September 2008). Behind the Curtain : Making Music in Mumbai's Film Studios: Making Music in Mumbai's Film Studios. Auckland: Oxford University Press. pp. 29. ISBN 978-0-19-971665-4. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  6. ^ Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen; Professor of Critical Studies Paul Willemen (10 July 2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. Routledge. pp. 310–. ISBN 978-1-135-94318-9. Retrieved 2 March 2015.

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