Thanks Maa

Thanks Maa (transl. Thanks mother) is a India Hindi language drama film, directed by Irfan Kamal,[1] distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment(SPE), India. The film focuses on Child abandonment Issue in India. It has been officially selected to be screened at Edinburgh International Film Festival,[2] Pusan International Film Festival,[3] Montreal World Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival,[4] International Film Festival of India and Palm Springs International Film Festival.[5] The debut child actor Master Shams Patel has also won the Best Child Artist[6] for the film, in the 56th National Film Awards.

Thanks Maa
Film poster
Directed byIrfan Kamal
Produced byQuantum Films
Written byIrfan Kamal
Vishal Vijay Kumar
StarringMaster Shams Patel
Master Salman
Master Fayaaz
Baby Almas
Ravi Mahashabde
Master Jaffer
Baby Sakshi
Barry John
Music byRanjit Barot
CinematographyAjayan Vincent
Edited byAmit Saxena
Distributed bySony Pictures Entertainment
Release date
  • 5 March 2010 (2010-03-05)


A 12-year-old street kid named Municipality, while on the run from the reformatory, finds and saves a two-day-old abandoned child from being prey to a ferocious street dog. Failing to find any takers among the people he deemed responsible & respectable, Municipality takes up the onus of finding the child's mother himself. Here onwards ensues his struggle in the urban jungle of Mumbai with just four of his friends from the streets - Soda (15), Sursuri (10), Cutting (8), & Dhed-shaana (6).

Municipality's rock steady determination ultimately helps him emerge a winner against all odds as he reaches the child's mother. Though in the bargain, he loses his 'God like' & flawless image of a mother he used to anticipate in his dreams. A mother, who he hoped, would come searching for him someday at the Municipality Hospital, where he was abandoned 12 years back.

The film ends showcasing some of the real-life issues of abandoned children and the misery they face in their day-to-day lives.

Film crew at IFFI (2008)



  1. ^ "Straight from the street". Mid-Day. 22 May 2009.
  2. ^ "EIFF to host 23 world premieres". Screen Daily. 6 May 2009.
  3. ^ "PIFF Day One: In Review". The One One Four. 10 October 2010.
  4. ^ "IDream buys Thanks Maa; to screen five films at Cannes". Business of Cinema. 8 May 2009.
  5. ^ "India's five films make it to Palm Springs International Film Festival". Economic Times. 28 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Beginner's Luck". The Indian Express. 8 February 2010.

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