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Stanley Ka Dabba

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Critic Rating

7.3

12 Reviews
12 Ratings
92%
in favor

Audience Rating

8.3
1 Review
13 Ratings

Movie Info

Director

Language

Hindi

Synopsis

Stanley Ka Dabba is a film about Stanley (Partho Gupte), who is a fourth grader at Holy Family school in Mumbai and is very popular among his friends. He is talented and well liked by his peers. The English teacher, Ms. Rosy, (Divya Dutta) is particularly impressed with his creativity, wit, and humour. Stanley is shown with a bruised face in the opening scene of the movie. On being questioned about it by Ms. Rosy, he concocts an elaborate story, much to her amusement. His humorous essays and offhand poem recitations make him her favourite in class. However his imagination is not always rewarded (his science teacher (Divya Jagdale) rebukes his attempt at constructing a light house as part of the class project since it does not adhere to the topics covered in class).Wikipedia

Stanley Ka Dabba Reviews

8

This is a film with the perfect ingredients; made with honesty and a touch of innocence. No wonder it leaves you feeling very rewarded.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express

7

`Stanley Ka Dabba’ is a heart-warmer that wraps itself securely around you, making you wholly unwilling to let it go. And Partho, director Amol Gupte’s son, who plays Stanley, lights up the film. As do his companions.

Raja Sen
Rediff

10

The best, purest film to come out of Hindi cinema in a while, this. Take a bow, Man With No Tiffin. Take a bow while we take off our hats.

Nikhat Kazmi
Times Of India

7

Don't miss this rich and nuanced soul curry for both, the young and adult heart.

Mayank Shekhar
Hindustan Times

6

The realism gently, warmly sucks you in. You sit back, sometimes reminisce, mostly observe. The take-home for the viewer is entirely experiential. As with all good experimental films.

Let me warn you that Stanley Ka Dabba is slow. In places, the story seems stretched. The climax is predictable and not entirely convincing. But I recommend that you make time for the film. It has an inherent sweetness and honesty that will stay with you long after the film is over.

8

Watch Stanley Ka Dabba as soon as you can. It’ll probably be the best film you’ll be watching for a long time to come.

3

On the whole, Stanley Ka Dabba is a well-made film and well-intentioned too, but its commercial prospects seem to be bleak unless schools prompt their little students to patronise it in a big way.

Taran Adarsh
Bollywood Hungama

8

On the whole, STANLEY KA DABBA is a sincere, noble, well-intentioned film that tells a moving story with earnestness. One of the finest films of our times, this emotional journey is a must watch. Thumbs Up!

Sachin Chatte
The Navhind Times

8

Few films tug your heartstrings like this tale of the eminently likable Stanley. It also marks the fabulous debut of Gupte as a director, a reassuring effort of a man who know exactly what he wants to show and how.

8

STANLEY KA DABBA is absolutely delicious. Make sure you devour it.

7

Stanley Ka Dabba is definitely worth a watch for the simple reason that it has a pure soul. No unnecessary frills added just to increase commercial value of the movie.

Audience Reviews for Stanley Ka Dabba

  • Shashwat Sisodia
    Shashwat Sisodia
    171 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    8

    Do you remember the masterful director Amol Gupte? yes, the director of Taare Zameen Par. And let me report, the director of thatmagical film (which, I believe, was the best Hindi film of 2007) is back with a loud bang, this time with a more intimate tale of a child and his tiffin box. His dabba.
    The film, also named 'Stanley's Tiffin Box' for the multiple international screenings, tells a cut-to-cuteness story of a child called Stanley, who is an amusing little child, an apple of the eyes of his English teacher Ms. Rosy, a brilliant student in the class. And the story also features Amol himself as Mr. Verma, a 'khadoos' Hindi teacher who eats the tiffin of each and every child of the school. However, Verma sir has a dislike for Stanley since he doesn't bring his lunch to school. The film features this intense tussle between the teacher and the student, which forms the majority of the comic portions of the film, and also the important narrative the film has.
    The emotionally content driven film touches on its utmost emotional messaging with the right amount of nuances. The scenes where Partho Gupte, Amol's son who plays Stanley, is, lits the screen substantially. The scenes of his and Rosy Miss's give a light to the screens. Those scenes are where Amol the storyteller truly lifts off the screen and frequently soars.
    The storytelling is what actually elevates this truly heartwarming film. Filled with heartfelt moments which are all heart in each frame, the film is filled with love and warmth, the right things which you will usually expect from a film centered around a child. But it is actually the food which caters you. Filled with ingenuity and the right amounts of soul food moments, the film packs strength in its genuinely emotional scenes. The film takes a really substantial bitter-sweet twist in the end. I was filled with tears in my eyes at that genuine climax. Truly, this is the kind of film the characters of which can inhabit any part of the world and win you over.
    The film is a textured, layered film that's all heartwarming, heartfelt and feel-good. The characters are worth soaking into, and absolutely delicious. I wish I knew such a magical character as Stanley in my life. I am going with an 8 out of 10 for 'Stanley Ka Dabba'. I plead you to watch the film. It's very magical an experience.

    September 15, 19