For filmmaker Amole Gupte, letting his 13-year-old son Partho grow naturally is more important than casting him in films.
Partho made his acting debut in his father’s film ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’ for which he won several awards, including a national award. Partho is teamed up again with his father for the latter’s upcoming film ‘Hawaa Hawaai’ which is based on inline speed skating.
“Partho has been getting hundreds of offers, be it for films, TV shows or endorsements. He has won a lot of awards including national award. However, for us awards are not that important as his childhood is… I have saved him from all this (over exposure),” Amole said.
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The director, known for making children-centric films, said he doesn’t believe in over exploiting kids as “retaining” their innocence is more important for him.
Amole was the creative director and written the story of ‘Taare Zameen Par’ which won critical acclaim for portrayal of a struggle by a dyslexic kid against insensitive education
“There are some children who are exploited (to work) at early age for long hours, (being) misused in reality shows. But, in my films I make sure they work for four to five hours and also see to it they don’t miss their studies.”
“I set my own rules. My idea is to make a change through my films like after watching ‘Taare Zameen Par’ the perception of parents and teachers changed towards children,”
‘Hawaa Hawaai’ starring Saqib Saleem who will be mentoring Partho as coach is slated for May 9 release.
Amole plans to shoot and release his films during summer vacations.