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Stanley Ka Dabba  (2011 - Hindi)

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Stanley Ka Dabba cumulative rating: 3.45 out of 53.45/5 (25 users)

Stanley Ka Dabba critics rating: 3.85 out of 5 3.85/5 (9 critics)

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  • Celebrate the Sweet simplicity.

    Stanley Ka Dabba rating: 8 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 11 May 2011)

    “Feel Good” was a genre which was mastered by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee in their peak time. Later we witnessed many fresh films entering this genre. Out there in west there are tons and tons films based on this theme. But when you see films from Iran or Korea and few more countries where they try to capture the natural talent, films related to a child, etc; one does feel the melodrama in all other films they have watched. The sole reason for it is these films from these certain belt are made with total simplicity and try to capture the natural talent {especially in kids}. Majid Majidi is the most popular name as a director who made this genre special and different with his unique and simple way of storytelling. Last year Priyadarshan remade ‘Children of Heaven’ in Hindi by name of ‘Bum Bum Bole’ and made a mess of it. Actor/ Writer/Director Amol Gupte enter this genre after his association with ‘Tare Zameen Pe {TZP}’ with his latest film ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’. Let’s find out what s new in this directors dabba?

    “Stanley Ka Dabba” is storying of a 9-10 year boy Stanley {Partho Numaan} a sweet boy studding in 4th standard. Every day in the break time, Stanley eats his snacks from this friends Tiffin’s. This is not liked by the Sir whom all kids all Khadoos {Amol Gupte}. Khadoos himself love to eat from students and other teachers Tiffin boxes, but keep scolding Stanley. On other side Stanley is loved by his Class teacher Miss Rosy {Divya Dutta} and his class mates. Due to some changes in school portion, the authorities decided to add extra periods and an additional Tiffin break. Thus the kids are asked to bring more food in their lunch boxes. Everyone brings big Tiffin’s except Stanley. What’s the reason behind it? And how does Stanley escape from the hungry eyes of Khadoos is the entire movie about.

    Story is very simple, but beautifully told in a sweet manner. Basically it’s a one liner plot, but thanks to the beautiful moments the movie keeps you indulged in it. Screenplay is superb in the first half – Fast, Interesting and sweet. Post interval there are few fantastic scenes followed by the touching climax. In between the movie goes bit hay way once Khadoos is gone and the whole concert thing starts. But on the positive part the movie starts with interesting credit titles, Stanley story about his bruises, The Batata Wada in the class, Amol Gupte Eating in Staff Room from his colleagues Tiffin’s, Amol Gupte praising about 4th standard’s Tiffin’s, Stanley’s reaction over getting toffee by Miss Rosy, followed by her birthday, Amol Eating Aman’s Tiffin, Stanley and friends playing hide and seek with Amol over the Aman’s Tiffin, Raj Zutshi sharing his Tiffin with Amol, Divya-Amol conversation, Amol’s reaction over stanleys comeback, Stanley’s secret and the finale shots. Each of these scenes lifts the film to another level. All narrated with such a simplicity and sweet manner. Editing could have been tighter before the climax scenes. Also the Khadoos exit was so sudden and needed some more explanation over his behavior at this point. Camera work is nice and has captured all the food and spirit of the film superbly. One might feel hungry in the interval, after watching so many dabbas with such great food.

    Music is not that great, but while watching the video’s it goes well with it. Koi Stanley, Life Badi, Dabba, Dekho Ek, etc helps in the story narration. The lyrics are so sweet and simple matching with the mood of the film.

    Amol Gupte had started making Tare Zameen Pe and after few days handled the director’s cap to Aamir Khan. The simple reason for it was to make the film reach maximum audience. One can understand that decision of his, as if we compare this film with TZP {which is not correct as all films are different and should be judged on its own credibility, but still many will ask how’s it in comparison with TZP, So...} this is a very simple films. Good moments, Simple theme, touching climax, Smiling finale and natural performance. You won’t find high amount of emotional scenes in this film like they were in TZP, ya you might get lumps in your throat. But the best part of this film is once it starts you will forget TZP and indulged in this film for sure. Amol shot this film without affecting the studies of the kids and in his own style which works. It has shades of Majid Majidi style of cinema, where the plot keeps revolving around its central subject for long time and later some moment takes place but that too in simple manner. Amol has said it straight and simple way, no over dose of dramatic moments or emotional moments. Kudos to the film maker for this attempt and later joining the social cause with his film.

    Partho Numaan is sweet and loving, with total natural performance. One can connect with him very fast and start loving and caring for him. He is supported by Abhishek, Srisharan and few more friends who add up charm to their friendship. Divya Dutta looks beautiful and does her part very well. The Science teacher was fun. Raj Zutshi and Rahul Singh along with Aditya Lakhiya were good support in their small role. Last but not the least Amol Gupte as Khadoos was superb. You will love and hate his character.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hai Dum ?

    Dum hai, kaafi dum hai. It’s not Tare Zameen Par, but on individual basis has a different type and style of itself. It’s a sweet, simple and warm hearted feel good film. People who like such films should not miss this film at all. Go watch it, aisi films kabhi kabhi hi banti hai aur dil ko chu thi hai. Celebrate the Sweet simplicity.

    Ratings : 3.75-4/5

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