'I never audition children for my movies'

'I never audition children for my movies'


Filmmaker Amole Gupte, the man behind critically acclaimed children-centric films Taare Zameen Par and Stanley Ka Dabba, says he never puts his young actors through the process of auditions.

Gupte is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Hawaa Hawaai that stars his National-award-winning son Partho and Saqib Saleem of Bombay Talkies.Based on inline speed skating, the sports film is slated to release on May 9.“I never audition any child and they also don't test me, so that's a great and a long lasting friendship. Children inspire me and I really respect the world of the children,” Gupte told PTI in an interview.

“It’s like a kingdom that I never want to leave because they are honest, transparent, they don't judge you and I don't judge them either,” he added.

While Partho plays a rural boy, who is new to the speed sport, Saqib would be seen in the role of a coach. Gupte said his film boasts a nail-bitting 20-minute-long climax.“The movie is about inner strength and living your dreams. It talks a lot about taking that big leap. It has an interesting 20 minutes climax. Partho plays a rural boy, who he is introduced to this new sport. He is a dreamer and the believer is Saqib, the coach,” he said.

After making his Bollywood debut 2011 film Stanley Ka Dabba, Partho has reunited with his director father in Hawaa Hawaai. 

Partho might be creating his own identity in the industry with his remarkable performance but his father always ensures that Partho and other children working in his film do not get exploited.

“We shoot in workshop form, which are of 3-4 hours. It has breaks in between and time for relaxation. We don't work in shifts. Shooting is done on holidays, on the floor and on the locations. So there is absolutely no stress on the child as it's done on a holiday like a hobby,” Gupte said.

“I am trying to bring in the law so that the children are not misused in the media. So, I am trying to create a prototype with my work,” he added.

Through his work, Gupte, who is the chairperson of Indian Children’s Film Society, endeavours to bring into the public notice the issues faced by the children.Gupte began his cinematic journey with Taare Zameen Par which he wrote.

“I want to raise the issues about their agony. After Taare Zameen Par, things changed in the education system. They stopped the marking scheme and started the grading system. I try to highlight the issues faced by children through my films,” he said.