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Stanley's Tiffin Box (2011)
"Stanley Ka Dabba" (original title)

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A school-teacher, who forces children to share their food with him, forbids one from entering the school until he brings his own Tiffin/Lunch-box.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Partho A. Gupte ...
Stanley (as Partho)
Numaan Sheikh ...
Aman Mehra
Abhishek Reddy ...
Abhishek
Sai Shara Shetty ...
Ne batatawada khaya!
Monty Sarkar ...
Dabba Gang
Leo Crasto ...
Dabba Gang
Tijo Thomas ...
Dabba Gang
Ganesh Pujari ...
Dabba Gang
Walter D'Souza ...
Right-handed Bench-mate
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Rosy Miss (English teacher)
Divya Jagdale ...
Mrs. Iyer (Science teacher)
Rajendranath Zutshi ...
Rajendranath Zutshi (History teacher) (as Raj Zutshi)
Rahul Singh ...
School Principal
Aditya Lakhia ...
Parshu (Peon)
Shashank Shende ...
Stanley's Chacha
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Stanley studies in an all-boys Holy Family High School in Andheri East, Mumbai. While his class-mates bring their very own Tiffin-boxes, Stanley does not do so on the pretext that his mother is away, and shares food with Aman Mehra and others much to the chagrin of the Hindi Teacher, Babubhai Verma, who not only cajoles fellow-teachers, but virtually forces children, to share their food with him. With extra classes being imposed on both students and teachers, and the recess-breaks being doubled, parents are also forced to pack more food in lunch-boxes. When students evade Babubhai and continue sharing food with Stanley, he calls the latter aside and warns him that he cannot attend school until and unless he brings his own food. Watch what impact this has on Stanley, teachers, and his class-mates. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Delicious!
12 May 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Amole Gupte's directorial debut Stanley Ka Dabba pictures a kid who never brings his dabba (tiffin box) to school, gets attracted to his classmates' tiffins, gets scolded by his "khadoos" Hindi teacher and sometimes just manage to satiate his hunger with tap water. The kid is Stanley. From bruises on face to his incapability of bringing tiffin, he finesses with false reasons for all, cutely wrapped in his juvenile voice. Dressed with unwashed clothes, torn pocket and bag, one really expect a reason for it and a story beyond it. Though somewhere on a predictable note, the story telling promises it in a refreshing way. "Khadoos", the Hindi teacher, played by Amole Gupte himself, has a lust for food which becomes his weakness that deviates him from teaching Hindi in class to discussing the size of tiffin boxes of children.

Stanley's dabba gang has varied characters who marks their presence with genuineness and innocence, from the tiffin rich kid to the true friend. But Stanley is the star in his own way. With his gifted talent, he never fails to cherish his sweet Rosy Miss (Divya Dutta) and also the audience!

In such a simple-straight story telling which is yet beautiful, how does it matter much even if the back cast performances are felt amateurish? Not much, really. With Partho - the star kid, Amole Gupte, Divya Dutt making their presence very real, the film flows gracefully. Also, the art-direction right from the kitchen to the classroom makes the movie look more real. Background score sounds well and also the song picturisation adds flavor to it. Jhoola Jhool in the voice of Hamsika Iyer being my personal favorite.

With not much packed in it's first half, Stanley Ka Dabba offers you a light hearted, not-at-all spicy, healthy treat in its course of less than 2 hours. It brings smiles, tears and not only serves you a delicious entertainment but also a cause to realize! Watch for it!

Stanley Ka Dabba! Have it!

Ratings: 6.5/10


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