Stanley Ka Dabba

Stanley Ka Dabba

3.8 415 Ratings

Directed by : Amol Gupte

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  • Critics Rating 3.0/5
  • MJ Rating 3.6/5
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Stanley Ka Dabba is an inspirational & an emotional drama about children and their tiffin box. It revolves around the protagonist Stanley, a school boy, his school life and how he rises against all odds.


“Amol Gupte charms once again! Stanley Ka Dabba has mentionable performances by the children and the teachers. It lacks a central theme but captures relatable experiences of a child. A must watch!”

Stanley Ka Dabba Box Office

  • Gross: INR 5.56 cr.
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Stanley Ka Dabba Audience Review

Tasty tiffin

| by Manu Agrawal |
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While the film is drawing accolades everywhere, I will start with a couple of grouses: Why are Hindi teachers always stereotyped as heartless, mannerless beasts? They certainly have a tough time, teaching a subject that nobody wants to learn: why, even parents dont fret if their kids are doing bad in Hindi ! They reason it means that the child would be better at English. My second problem is related to marketing the film: Asking audiences to remember Taare Zameen Par might raise expectations unbelievably high, which might make them difficult to fulfil.

Keeping these non-relevant matters aside, Stanley is a sparkling gem of a film.

Some of you might not know that Partho who plays Stanley is Amole Gupte's own son. One feels that the kid would have thus enjoyed the liberty to act at will and commit some harakiri. Nothing would be farther from the truth: watching him and his band of motley friends on camera is blissful, much like having a hot, home-made meal which Stanley himself is devoid of. They tell us that this was a product of weekend acting workshops. If this is the case, all kids should be enrolled in them.

On the other side, the villainous Verma jee played by Gupte himself led me to an uncanny comparison with an equally hairy Director Bumpy, who directed and acted in a trashy 'Luv ka the end' last week. Bumpy needs to enrol in some weekend classes himself, probably conducted by Amole.

There's not much to write about Stanley's Dabba: it doesn't quite do justice to the film or evoke the same emotions that come naturally while you watch it.

It would do all of us good to introduce our inner child to Stanley. He will surely make a good impression. And please avoid eating out afterwards. I would recommend rushing back to Mom for a hot dabba instead.