After being surreptitiously usurped from his pet
project ‘Taare Zameen Par’ Amole Gupte must have suffered many doubts.
But he hang in there, doing a few roles while he worked on his script
for this film. All that hard work and perseverance is there for
everyone to see and experience in this beautiful heart warmer
evocatively titled ‘Stanley Ka Dabba, ’ a simple tale woven with great
imagination, understanding and heart.
Stanley(Partho), is an endearing 10 year old, of indomitable
spirit who struggles to ward off the hostile world he is surrounded by.
Like other kids his age, Stanley loves to be amongst friends and win
the appreciation of his peers and colleagues. He uses his sparkling wit
and innocent wisdom to impress everyone... including the English
teacher Rosie Miss(Divya Dutta)he appears to have a crush on. There
isn’t much meat in the story but it’s splendid treatment
makes it seem so very luminous. Hindi teacher Babubhai Verma’s (Amole
Gupte in a highly effective turn) ogre like personality and his
uncapped gluttony forms the counterpoint to Stanley’s innocent though
daring braveheart persona. T he camera eye is direct and insightful -
Amole Gupte’s cinematography brings forth new direction and fresh
meaning to the portraying of children on film. He shot them
on weekends and holidays and they were incidentally allowed to
incorporate their true personas within the characters they were
playing. And the result is simply stunning. The performances all appear
natural, true and sound. The narrative enchants and the excitement
Produced, written and directed by Amole Gupte , ‘Stanley Ka
Dubba’ is a film that scores on many different levels.
Emotionally, empathetically and visually, it is uplifting, Amole’s
unique presentation has a heart of gold and a soul that transcends age.
This is not a children’s film , this is a film for all ages - for those
who were once children and for those who are, now.
Rating: * * *