The Stanley Ka Dabba director has won many hearts with his dedication towards the welfare of children and we hear that he is being honoured for the same
Both his films, Taare Zameen Par (as creative director) and Stanley Ka Dabba (entirely his baby) are testimony to the fact that Amol Gupte is not driven by the economics of cinema, but by the need to make the kind of cinema he wants to make. Gupte says, “If all you want to do is make money, then you should be in some manufacturing business, something with low risk and assured profits; but if you want to make cinema, you should have faith in it.” Stanley Ka Dabba was recently honoured with the ActionAid Jury Prize at Giffoni Film Festival, Italy. We just heard that CNN, a popular news channel has nominated him for the Indian of the Year awards for being one of the most innovative filmmakers. Other than being a well known script writer, filmmaker and an actor, Gupte is also an educationalist. He is associated with many charitable activities related to the welfare of children and the underprivileged. He is very vocal about the fact that he makes films so that he can initiate a discussion about children and their concerns, which is a cause that is closest to his heart. About the nomination he said, “I am honoured and inspired to put my foot forward with new vigour and zest. For me, the run ends here.” Irrespective of whether he is voted as the ‘Indian of the Year’ or not, wethinks he is doing a great job and wish him all the luck.