Amole Gupte

Mr. Amole Gupte is a child rights activist. In addition to being an active part of the social sector, he is also an award winning writer,...

Cinema as a child's playground

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain one once we grow up. "This famous quote by Pablo Picasso captures the wondrous spirit with which children approach the world. They see things so differently, with such wide - eyed curiosity - drinking it all in.

Wouldn't it be fascinating for us adults to see the world through a child's eye? Wouldn't it open up so many perspectives?

With their stories and wonder and imagination, children could become absolutely fabulous filmmakers in today's digital age. A fact that will be shared in various ways with us by the acclaimed child rights activist, writer, producer, director and actor, Amole Gupte. We are so delighted to have him with us at Mumbai Local this week.

With his experience of over 15 years of working with children as well as his career in films, Amole has wonderful insights on both the worlds. According to him, cinema is an exciting new medium and art form for children to explore. All they need is a mobile phone camera and a computer. In this session, he will share short films made by underprivileged children and throw light on the possibilities open to children who are interested in this field. Amole will also discuss the relationship children share with cinema, and how it is different to ours.

This Mumbai Local promises to be filled with magic and delight. Join us as we travel into the enthralling world of children's imagination.

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@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm

Mr. Amole Gupte is a child rights activist. In addition to being an active part of the social sector, he is also an award winning writer, director, producer and actor. Mr. Gupte has been working with children for over 15 years. Volunteering in schools for the differently abled resulted in the highly acclaimed Taare Zameen Par. He was writer-creative director of the film, while also contributing to the lyrics and the art works used in the film. Soon after he, along with his wife Ms. Deepa Bhatia, were able to address social issues of inequality and child labour in their first home production - the much appreciated Stanley ka Dabba.

Apart from writing, directing and producing the film, Mr. Gupte also plays a pivotal role in Stanley ka Dabba. As an actor he has made waves with his portrayal of Bhope Bhau in Vishal Bharadwaj's Kaminey. He has also acted inother films like Singham Returns, Phas Gaya Re Obama, Bheja Fry 2 and Urumi. Mr. Amole Gupte is the writer, producer and director of the highly acclaimed film Hawaa Hawaai which is a strong social commentary on issues of inequality, child labour, education, farmer suicides, dislocation and migration. He has been working with under-privileged children from all across Mumbai and holding theatre and filmmaking workshops with them. He is an active volunteer of Aseema, Apne Aap's Women's Collective and Parivartan. The workshops have resulted in three films made by the children of Aseema, Aansoo Bane Moti, Ummeed and Gifted Smile.

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12-100 yrs
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