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Stanley Ka Dabba

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Release Date

13 May 2011
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With Stanley Ka Dabba, director-writer Amole Gupte (the Taare Zameen Par writer) peeps into the psyche of a school kids. The film takes you to the world of kids, the challenges faced by them every single day, both at home and at school. It is a passionate cinema with kids a the central characters. Like the blockbuster Taare Zameen Par, Stanley Ka Dabba is also a slice-of-life, which speaks a kids mind.

The thought that a kids film is only for kids watch is totally over ruled by films like this. It should be noted that Stanley Ka Dabba bears no resemblance to Taare Zameen Par. Both the film explore totally different zones of a kid's life. Meanwhile, both the films leave a deep impact on its viewers.


Stanley Ka Dabba talks of tiffins, recess breaks and a life of an orphan (Stanley), who can't afford a lunch box to school and is confronted by a cold-blooded teacher. Stanley (Partho), arrives school much early than any of his classmates do. He stuffs himself with water instead of nutritious food, unlike other class mates, during the lunch break.

Through his sparkling wits and innocent wisdom, Stanley manages to win appreciation of his peers. He impress people around him by doing thing that amazes them, like a heartfelt poetry to impress the English Teacher (Divya Dutta).

We also comes across pungent science teacher, Ms Iyer (Divya Jagdale), selfish and greedu Hindi teacher, Verma Sir (Amole Gupte), who affect Stanley's life each or the other way. The story moves on showing how the kids come together to show the right direction to their elders, for example Verma Sir, who used to polish off their tiffins.

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