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STANLEY KA DABBA: Return to innocence

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Amol Gupte has proved that his TAARE ZAMEEN PAR was no fluke in the pan as his next venture as a director, STANLEY KA DABBA has underlined in a rather vivid and kaleidoscopic manner what childhood is all about, and what the present generation of the children, in their quest to become something in life is missing out upon. STANLEY KA DABBA is a proletarian projection of the school for majority of the people of the country, schools which do not have air-conditioned classes, schools where children do not reach spick and span and are proper, but is a school which in the real sense of terms what it used to be. 

It is a school where the tiles are unkempt, where the corridors are dimly lit and do not open into grand vistas, it is a school, in the same way more than ninety percent of the schools around the country side exist and operate. By projecting a succinct reality of the situation, Amol Gupte in a very subtle manner has underlined the lack of proper environment in which our present generation is growing and what kind of world view would they be growing up to when they become adult. Cinema had sort of gone into a shell and was projecting a school which exists only for a miniscule minority, but Amol Gupte has made the argument stand on its head by underlining the manner in which the business of school is conducted. 

As the name suggests, it is the lunch box of Stanley which also plays a big role in the film. Bullies in the schools have been shown in the films as devouring lunch box of the minions, and even principals also have been projected in the same manner as it was done in BHOOTNATH. After all, lunch boxes are the inducing factor for a child to go to school. Focus on food in a child's film as well underlines the importance food has in everyday life, more so in the life of a child. 

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While TAARE ZAMEEN PAR was focused on learning disability of a child STANLEY KA DABBA, through his inability to bring his dabba to the school, underlines the importance a lunch box has in a child's life and how it could have an effect on his persona. One only hopes that Amol Gupte would continue to focus on the problems of child through his subsequent films as he has done through TAARE ZAMEEN PAR and STANLEY KA DABBA.

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