Scriptwriter-turned-filmmaker Amole Gupte’s son Partho bagged a National Award for in his debut film, Stanley Ka Dabba (2011). And although the youngster has received many offers, his father has been ensuring that they don’t clash with his education. “He has lots of offers, which I am turning down. If anyone is willing to give him four-hour shifts on weekends or work with him in his holidays so that he doesn’t miss his school or his friends, then they are most welcome,” says Gupte, who had conceived and directed Stanley Ka Dabba.
Gupte himself has taken the responsibility of making Partho grow as actor under his supervision. “He will be part of all my films till he turns 18,” says the filmmaker, who already has couple of ideas dormant in his mind for his next project. He believes that film is a great platform to bring up children-related issues, which otherwise remain unnoticed. However, he doesn’t intend to spread ‘awareness’ through his films. “I am working on subjects that are sensitive to children and bring notice to their problems,” he adds.
Long-associated with the cause of under-privileged children in the city, Gupte continues to organise film workshops with them on weekends, where Partho is also a regular participant. “I will work only with children. And that only on Saturdays and Sundays or during their holidays,” he says.
Push him to speak about his next project and he says, “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. When I lock a script, I will definitely speak about it.” And after acting in films like Kaminey (2009), Phas Gaye Re Obama (2010) and Bheja Fry 2 (2011), he’s been refusing those offers too. Gupte explains, “I will not be acting. It diverts the mind and takes up a lot of time. If I act, I won’t be able to do other things.”