Stanley Ka Dabba

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"Stanley's Tiffin Box"
  • NR
  • 2011
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 7.8  (7,511)

Stanley Ka Dabba is a 2011 Indian Hindi film directed by Amol Gupte, which tells the story of a young boy named Stanley, played by Partho A. Gupte, who is attending school in Mumbai. The film explores the themes of poverty, child labour, and the importance of education. The film begins with a group of teachers at a school in Mumbai, including Stanley's Hindi teacher, Miss Rosie (Divya Dutta), discussing the issue of children who don't bring their own tiffin boxes (dabbas) to school. Stanley is one of those children, and he is often teased and ridiculed by his classmates for not having a tiffin box of his own. Instead, he relies on the kindness of others to share their food with him.

Stanley is a bright and imaginative boy, who loves to tell stories and entertain his classmates. He is often called upon by his teachers to deliver impromptu speeches or give dramatic performances. However, Stanley's situation at home is far from ideal. His mother has passed away, and his father, a struggling musician, is often absent from home. Stanley lives with his aunt and uncle, who are unkind and abusive to him. They force him to work in their food stall during his school's lunch break, leaving him no time to play with his friends or enjoy the lunch that others have brought from home.

Despite his difficult home life, Stanley remains optimistic and resilient. He bonds with his classmates, particularly a boy named Aman (Numaan Sheikh), who shares his love of food and storytelling. Aman is a source of support for Stanley, and they often share their lunches and trade stories during their lunch break. However, Stanley's situation becomes more complicated when his Hindi teacher, Miss Rosie, discovers that he doesn't bring his own tiffin box to school.

Miss Rosie is a compassionate teacher, who is concerned about Stanley's welfare. She tries to help him by bringing him a tiffin box, but Stanley is too proud to accept it. He doesn't want anyone to think that he is a charity case. As a result, Stanley finds himself in a difficult position, as he is forced to come up with creative solutions to keep his situation a secret from his teachers and classmates.

The film is filled with poignant moments, as we see how Stanley's situation affects his relationships with those around him. We see the contrast between the carefree life of the privileged children at the school, who enjoy gourmet lunches and expensive toys, and the daily struggles of children like Stanley, who must work and scavenge for their basic needs. The film does not shy away from the harsh realities of poverty and child labour, but neither does it dwell on them. Instead, it focuses on the resilience and creativity of children who face these challenges.

The film is well-acted, particularly by Partho A. Gupte, who gives a natural and convincing performance in the role of Stanley. Numaan Sheikh is also impressive as Aman, and Divya Dutta provides a nuanced portrayal of Miss Rosie. The film is directed with sensitivity and skill by Amol Gupte, who also wrote the screenplay and co-produced the film.

Stanley Ka Dabba is a heart-warming and thought-provoking film that will resonate with audiences of all ages. It is a tribute to the human spirit, and a reminder of the importance of kindness, compassion, and empathy in our daily lives.

Stanley Ka Dabba is a 2011 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8.

Stanley Ka Dabba
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    1 hr 31 min
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (7,511)