August 17, 2011 06:07:39 PM IST Glamsham Editorial
Small is indeed big...besides getting accolades from all quarters for its intent, I AM KALAM with no huge stars, has scored over the huge multi-starrer AARAKSHAN in the reviews and appreciation from the audience front. I AM KALAM is more than just a cause, it's a new statement in Bollywood.
In the 120 reviews aggregated, just one review has not been favourable to an extent, which only reconfirms that I AM KALAM is the best reviewed film of the year. Besides winning the hearts of millions across the world with 12 awards, even bloggers in Pakistan acknowledge I AM KALAM (movie), tribute to Indian Nuclear Scientist. That's how Nations give tribute to their hero; wish we could do the same'
I AM KALAM and AARAKSHAN
Critics are unanimous in saying that I AM KALAM story telling stayed true to the issues it was propagating in an entertaining way without straying to commercialization like other big Bollywood multi starrers...It spoke of the issues with 'Integrity', which is more relevant of the right to education to every child in the country, and freedom from illiteracy.
I AM KALAM offers an extraordinary range of outlook towards the expansive world of Indian Cinema, besides Bollywood, and in tune with world cinema artistically, with significance that invites comparison to cinematic gems from Iran, Brazil, France, Mexico, Korea etc.
Talks are also abuzz in the film federation circles on how I AM KALAM reflects world cinema and has accorded dignity to Hindi cinema with its universal cinematic language and is a front runner and should be sent as India's entry to the Oscars, as the core message of the film is universal, besides the film is based on Indian ethos.
Smile Foundation's I AM KALAM is the first film in the world to be produced by a development organization. Smile Foundation proactively took initiative and the challenges therein to come up with a mainstream Bollywood film. It is believed that the best way to reach and sensitize the masses is by combining awareness on urgently complex topics with the entertaining aspect of cinema that inspires!
And it has paid off rich dividends. The review-o-meter is ticking bullishly on positive reviews for I AM KALAM proving to be the best reviewed film of the year so far. The reviewers are unanimous that I AM KALAM is a cinematic essay that delivers its essential social message and reinforcing the need to re-evaluate the importance of role models in our society. It's an entertainingly sparkling gem of a film, a vibrant depiction of optimism. I AM KALAM is more polished from other children's films and finally articulates a near-perfect children's film, with an equal appeal for adults too.'
Gauging from the word of mouth buzz, schools, colleges and the corporate houses are on a block booking spree, and the future earnings from the film will be ploughed back to the cause, the film propagates in an entertaining way. I AM KALAM is proving to be a huge resounding success in its intent, reviews and the box office stakes in terms of profitability ratio. The film rich in content was made on a shoestring budget.
I AM KALAM directed by Nila Madhab Panda a critically acclaimed and an award winning entertainer is proving to be a triumph of the Independent cinema.