News|September 27, 2012 11:59 am

I don’t care about working with superstars: Amol Gupte

Amole Gupte’s last release ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’ was a big hit. The film showed his superbcraftsmanship as a writer, actor and director. Today he is in a happy space and has put behind the bitter memories of ‘Taare Zameen Par’.

Says Amol,

I have never done a day’s work in my life. Of all the art forms I have experienced, cinema is the most intimate one. Cinema encompasses all works of art. From words, painting, photography to music, cinema has it all. Filmmakers who are not familiar with other forms of art are like the ones from ‘polytechnic institutes of art’. I am a child sensitive crusader. I want to translate what is ignored by the adults into a film.

The director-actor is passionate about children, their issues and just doesn’t believe in making child actors work in a structured environment. Talking about his unique ways of working with kids, he explains,

Every Saturday, we organise theatre-cinema workshops for three municipal schools in Mumbai. Cinema can give livelihood to these youngsters who are not from a privileged background. I didn’t use lights while making Stanley Ka Dabba. The kids didn’t miss school for a single day. We did the shooting on Saturdays only.

His next film is Sapno Ko Ginte Ginte, and he explains that he is not the director who’s really bothered about the much-talked about ‘100 crore’ tag or breaking records at the ticket window.
He says,

Once bitten, twice shy. There’s nothing called success. My fundamental question is: Are you planning a successful day or a happy day? Children are happy because they really don’t understand success.

He also adds,

I don’t fancy working with superstars. I am happy to follow my heart and I live by simple rules: I have a family to look after. Everyday I make tea, I cook for my wife and son. When my son Partho saw the film Ratatouille, he was wondering what is all this fuss about mother’s food. He has grown up on father’s food.

I am a cinephile who is in love with a 20th century art form called cinema. Cinema is like chhapanbhog for me. As a practitioner, I’m disciplined. I want to make films which children can enjoy and adults can learn from.

Talking about the upcoming changes in bollywood, he ays,

Well, I don’t consider myself a part of the film industry. I don’t really have much to say about the films made by the young and new intellectual filmmakers. I know from where the inspiration is coming.

Amole’s acting prowess also been appreciated by many. Tell him about the accolades and he says,

As an actor, I went to FTII. I acted in many short films made by FTII students. I enjoyed acting in Kaminey. I chose to act in Stanley Ka Dabba because it was practical for me to do so. I acted in Bheja Fry 2 and Phas Gaya Re Obama because the money was too good. I used that money for making Stanley Ka Dabba.