My dad, my hero: Amole Gupte

A mole Gupte’s upcoming film ‘Hawaa Hawaai’ is up for release and the film would be a humble dedication from the director to his father. Amole’s father, Sudhakar Laxman Gupte passed away on May 1.

“My father was able to see the film before he was gone. That means the world to me. The film is dedicated to him. My life is dedicated to him,” said Amole.

He further added, “We were shooting for SINGHAM 2 on April 28 when Ajay received the news that his father (former action coordinator Veeru Devgan) was unwell. He rushed off to meet him. I suddenly had two days off. Without a second thought, I bundled my wife Deepa and son Partho into our car and we drove off to Pune to meet my father. Two days later he was suddenly gone.

“I now think back and wonder what I would have felt if I hadn’t met him on the 29th… I have only Ajay to thank for being able to see my father one last time. We’re shooting the film’s climax. There’s no point in staying at home with my memories of my father. I know he is with me. And I know he would have wanted it this way. I am back to shooting.

“My father was and will always be my hero. He was one of the first computer software engineers in this country when the computer came to India in the early 1970s. He was a software consultant with one of the first computer manufacturing companies the International Computers Ltd. Mazey ki baat yeh hai ki mere pitaji ne mujhe kabhi mere sapnon Ko choone se nahin roka (my father never stopped me from reaching out for my dreams). He let me spread my wings the way I wanted. Today I am letting my son Partho do the same. ‘Hawaa Hawaai’ is also about letting every child reach the sky through whatever means he or she chooses,” said Amole.

Filmmaker Karan Johar is very close to DeepaMehta, Amole’s wife who is a well-known editor, and he recently saw the film and has been raving about it ever since. To which Amole says, “It’s important for the film to reach out to the audience that loves Karan Johar’s cinema. Every child has the potential to be a Karan Johar, provided he isn’t told to curb his dreams.”

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