Internationally Acclaimed Award-Winning Film 'I Am Kalam' Premieres in Kolkata

I AM KALAM (Indian Movie Poster)By Aditya Chakraborty

Calcutta, July 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) 'I Am Kalam 'is a film about a poor Rajasthani boy, Chhotu, who is inspired by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. The role of Chhotu has been performed by Harsh Mayar, a Delhi slum boy. The plot revolves around Chotu and how he desires to be like Kalam when he grows up and takes up studies as he has aspirations.

The film has been shown at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on May 12. It has been showcased in various film festivals bagging various awards and honors. The film is directed by Nila Madhab Panda.

The film is also about Chotu’s relationship with the prince of a royal family whom he helps to bag honours in his school, his boss’s (Gulshan Grover) infatuation with a French lady, how Chotu runs when he is framed as a thief and how the same Raja comes down from grace and accepts Chotu setting aside his norms accepts him as his son’s friend and decides to get him educated at the same school where his son studies.

This innocent tale is a brilliant film especially due to the performances of the entire cast and last but not the least National Award winning child actor Harsh Mayer who is actually from the slums. He has portrayed the role with such simplicity and innocence that it is astounding that it is his first film and after watching the film you actually feel like promoting child education and doing something for children like him and if the honourable A.P.J.Kalam, India's ex-president inspires such kids, nothing could be better!

Pitobash who acts as Lalan and is the perfect foil for Chotu’s innocence is brilliant as well.

The city of Kolkata witnessed the premiere of this brilliant film at Inox Forum on Thursday where the cast and crew of the film were present along with children from Smile Foundation, a leading N.G.O who support poor children. The premiere was organized by Smile Foundation and Century Ply in association with Inox Forum.

The film is set to release nationally on 5th August, 2011.


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