Posted On Monday, September 17, 2012 at 08:17:53 AM
He didn’t get much credit for his first film Taare Zameen Par. It was only with Stanley Ka Dabba that he consolidated his position as an independent filmmaker. And now, painteractor- filmmaker thinker Amole Gupte is quietly ready with his third film, which he calls a ‘wisdom film’.
Gupte says, “It’s a film on the theme of financial management. When we are young, we know nothing about how to manage our money, and when we see people who are careful with their money, we laugh at them.”
The movie’s protagonist is one such man Amole knew when he was growing up in the middle-class Diva Nagar locality of Mumbai. Reliving memories of his childhood, Gupte says, “There was this man in our neighbourhood, who used to wear ankle-length trousers and torn hawaii chappals and pass by every day, carrying a green plastic jhola. We all used to think he is a clown.
Finally, he turned out to be the owner of accumulated savings to the tune of Rs five crore that he used to give his three daughters the best education possible. We spend needlessly to look more affluent than we are. If we are caught saving, we are somehow not part of the ‘in’ crowd.
My film is a morality tale based on the 5, 000-year old principle of ‘jitni chaadar, utna hi pair phelana’, which translates as ‘stretch your legs only to the extent the blanket allows. Somewhere, we squander money just for the sake of being trendy.” However, Gupte is quick to point out his film has all the staples of a typical Hindi film like song, dance, humour and drama.
Playing the man who saved for a rainy day is ‘Bugs’ Bhargava Krishna while the child protagonist, based on Amole himself, is played by child actor Naman Jain. Asked why he didn’t cast his son Partho in the role, Gupte says, “My son is now concentrating on his studies and school-related extra-curricular activities.
Naman played Janghiya in Chillar Party and he has just done Mira Nair’s short film on Mumbai. I am very proud of him. The protagonist, the man who epitomises financial wisdom, is played by a superb actor, Bhargava Krishna. He played the English teacher in Taare Zameen Par.”