Thanks but no thanks...
Among the inevitable division of commercial movies & multiplex cinema, there lies a small school of film-making who have a niche of their own. However, it’s being observed that a few from this school promote India & it’s not so shining image to paddle their films on festival circuits.
And if someone ends up clubbing Thanks Maa in the same league, he is not entirely wrong. This reminds you partially of Madhur Bhandarkar style of film making & vivid memories from our Slumdog watching experiences, and that is it’s biggest short coming, for it never manages to become a movie with a vision of it’s own.
And its even more saddening, because the concept is message oriented yet different. The narrative more often than not relies on it’s visual gimmicks which although lend a pretty realistic feel, end up making it look very stereotypical.
Mumbai looks like a dirt bag, with every second person either being a conman or a complete baddie. This obviously sets our protagonist apart who is a thief yet good enough at heart to be concerned about an orphaned infant. However, the director lacks the passion or warmth to touch our hearts with his story. And hence we find more of hard hitting elements than heart breaking elements. Adding salt to injury, the climax is kind of blurred and doesn’t leave you with a good taste.
The performances put up by the set of extended guest appearances are commendable. Special mention to Ranvir Shourey & Barry John for their elegant presence. And the child actor as the kid protagonist is quite awesome.
The film is made on a low budget & it shows in it’s frame and content.The other technical aspects are just abot fine.
Final Verdict : Despite some nice moments & a good set of performances, Thanks Maa fails to engage you completely. Watch it if you must.
Rating – 2.25