Stanley's box was my gift to teachers, this film was made on teacher-student relationship - Amol Gupte
The mention of 'Stanley Ka Dabba' definitely comes in the films depicting the relationship of teacher and student. Directed by Amol Gupte, the film was the story of all the kids who keep their spirits up in the face of adversity. Amol Gupte also acted in this film. He revived the memories related to this film dedicated to his school and teachers.
The film 'Stanley Ka Dabba' is very important for me. Its main idea was hunger. We showed in the film how the uniform hides hunger. What an important role uniform plays in maintaining your self-esteem and self-respect. If there is no uniform, then the children of the rich wear different clothes in school and the poor separately. I wanted to show that the uniform eliminates all discrimination.
On June 15, 1969, I joined Holy Family High School in Mumbai. The principal there, Mrs. Asha Kapoor had instilled in me a lot of confidence. I was proud of that school and also had a debt that I had to pay. After making the film 'Taare Zameen Par' as a creative director, I thought why not do an acting workshop for my school children one day a week on Saturdays and once again join my childhood school. During that time the idea of the film also came. Only three people were living in the whole workshop, me, the cameraman and the sound recordist. Such a small crew is rarely seen in the production of a feature film, but I didn't want to put the kids in a place where they would blush or get scared by the extra frills.
Some of the teachers shown in the staff room in the film were those who taught during my school days. As far as my acting is concerned, which actor would have been ready to act every Saturday for a year from 9 am to 1 pm, so I decided to act in the film. When the children used to get tired, I would tell the cameraman to now pointing the camera towards me. During the shoot, I never used to reach with the script. He used to just tell the story and the scene and say whatever you want to say, do whatever you want to do.
That's how we shot their real emotions, real reactions, real gestures, and real boxes in the film. During the shoot, the kids used to bring boxes from their homes and they used to feed me with great fervor. There were two intervals on the set. In one I used to give them the box, in the other they used to give me the box. It was my privilege to come and eat the boxes from so many homes during the shooting of the film. My son, who played Stanley, was eight years old when we shot the film, but he used to accompany me to the workshop from the age of three. so my
It was easy enough for him to direct. The film talks about Stanley and his box, so the film could not have had a simpler title than Stanley's box. Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj is my friend, when I showed him the first cut of the film, he suggested I change the title to something like Dabba Gul, but I just wanted to show the story of the child, what is the plight of that child. I decided to title the film 'Stanley Ka Dabba' without getting caught up in the rhymes. I studied at Holy Family High School from primary to seventh grade. The entire film was shot in the same school. Hansraj Morarji from class VIII
Got into public school. Where I got a trinity of teachers like my Nikum sir, Namvar sir, and Parmar sir.
However, our cinema is not able to show much of children's subjects. It is not that the audience does not want to see such films. When films like 'Taare Zameen Par', 'Stanley Ka Dabba' and 'Hawa Hawai' were made, people also saw them. Film
Even in 'Saina', one-fourth part belongs to the younger Saina. In it, an attempt has been made to talk about many issues ranging from gender equality to children. I have a special interest in children's issues and their spontaneity. I have to make a film on these issues.