MAY 2011
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School kids are up to mischief in “Stanley Ka Dabba.”

“Stanley Ka Dabba” Starring Partho Numaan, Divya Dutta, Raj Zushi, Sivya Jagdal, Aditya Lakia, Rahul Singh, Shiv Kumar Subramaniam, Kadambari Kadam, Amole Gupte; directed by Amole Gupte; music by Hitesh Soni.

Well known for his story, “Taare Zameen Par,” writer, director and actor Amole Gupte delivers another heartwarming tale about the everyday life of school children. Partho Numaan plays Stanley, a boy who uses his sparkling wit and innocent wisdom to impress all. He always arrives to school before his classmates and gulps down water instead of food during lunch break. Who is he and why? Stanley loves to win over friends with his actions, whether it’s through his tall tales or creating poetry to impress his English teacher Rosy Miss, played by Divya Dutta. Other characters include the rigid science teacher Ms. Iyer, played by Divya Jaddale, who stifles Stanley’s creative science experiment, and Verma Sir, played by Gupte himself, a Hindi teacher who preys on the boy’s lunch boxes. The camaraderie between the boys develops as they seek to thwart the gluttonous Verma Sir. Living every moment fully, the mischievous Stanley will move you as he faces the hostile world around him and rises above it, making it a better place in the process.

Tusshar Kapoor and Amrita Rao come together
for the first time in “Love U Mr. Kalakaar.”

“Love U Mr. Kalakaar” Starring Tusshar Kapoor, Amrita Rao, Ram Kapoor, Madhoo, Prem Chopra, Jai Kalra, Kiran Kumar; directed by S. Manasvi; music by Sandesh Shandilya.

This love story from Rajshri Productions, renowned for its wholesome family entertainers such as “Vivaah,” “Hum Saath-Saath Hai,” and “Hum Aapke Hai Koun,” pairs together for the first time Tusshar Kapoor and Amrita Rao. Sahil, played by Kapoor, is a cartoonist. He’s a creative artist who draws for his inspiration from anywhere, emotions, the earth, a scrap of paper, a passing shape, or a spider's web. Amrita Rao plays Ritu, a management trainee, who seems the polar opposite. Her world revolves around more tangible ideas like debits, credits, profits and deadlines. As you may surmise, she falls in love with Sahil. But the question is what happens next? Will Ritu help Sahil "sketch" the new rules of business? How does an artist's simplicity fit in the dynamic corporate world? If you’re in the mood for a feel-good love story, you shouldn’t be disappointed. Debutante director S. Manasvi is a Film and Television Institute of India alumnus, who also wrote the screenplay

Pankaj Kapoor charms in “Happi.”

“Happi” Starring Pankaj Kapoor, Hrishita Bhatt, Nakul Vaid, Supriya Pathak, Raj Saluja, Farroukh Mehta; directed by Bhavna Talwar; music by Ilaiyaraja.

At first glance, this movie seems worth a look for two reasons: it stars the talented Pankaj Kapoor who also wrote the screenplay and also knowing the score is by music maestro Ilaiyaraja. The story is set in Mumbai with Pankaj Kapoor playing the title role of Happi, a man with few needs. He’s quite comfortable being a misfit and refuses to be sad. To earn a living, he sings and makes people laugh at 'Cafe Bombay.' When the cozy cafe is revamped into 'Club Mumbai,' a hip, upscale lounge, Happi’s world is suddenly turned upside down. But, he will not let the situation get the best of him. Happi’s belief in the brighter side of things is re-affirmed when he finds an unlikely companion in a puppy that soon follows him everywhere. This comedy shows how Happi wins hearts by staying content and happy regardless of the situation. Reports say the character is inspired by Charlie Chaplin, but the director clarifies the common thread is in the style of story telling. Kapoor’s actress wife Supriya Pathak is also featured. Director Bhavna Talwar’s debut film “Dharm,” from 2007 won a National Film Award and also starred Kapoor.



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