Harsh Mayar, who was rejected for CHILLAR PARTY was disappointed because he wanted to meet Salman Khan who had lent his support for the film. But then lady luck had some plans for him, because being rejected for CHILLAR PARTY, he got selected for I AM KALAM, and the rest is history. Not only did he win the prestigious National award for the film, but I AM KALAM is turning out to be a movement towards getting an education for the underprivileged.
HARSH MAYAR and AMITABH BACHCHAN
And surprisingly he got to meet the biggest Bollywood icon of all time, the 'Shahenshah' Amitabh Bachchan.
Smile foundation, the development agency, which has produced this well intentioned film had sent a letter to Mr. Bachchan with details about K for Kalam movement to give an education to the underprivileged. And the unrivalled superstar was simply touched by the intent behind making this much awarded mainstream entertaining film which has received 13 international awards.
Big B graciously obliged to meet the main protagonist of the film Harsh Mayar. And he was greatly impressed since it was a culmination of Harsh's personal journey that runs parallel and reflects his character in the film Chottu/ Kalam.
Harsh Mayar himself an underprivileged kid from a redevelopment cluster society in Delhi represents millions who aspire and hold Dr. Kalam as their role model. It's about an ignited mind. He complimented Harsh for daring to dream big which also earned him the National Award.
The normally talkative Harsh was just left stupefied by the aura of Mr. Bachchan, and was speechless when the superstar presented him 2 books of his biography 'To Be or not to Be - Amitabh Bachchan', written by Khalid Mohammad with a note wishing him and the film all success.
Later in the night Amitabh Bachchan quoted on his blog- "In office meeting up with that small little power house Harsh, the star of the film I AM KALAM produced by the Smile Foundation that works tirelessly for the underprivileged, providing them with opportunities and hope for a better future .. to excel and achieve ..Harsh a confident alert and most vocal little fellow has won the National Award this year as the best child artist and now has travelled in to Mumbai from Delhi to meet me and then go back. Simply admire these qualities of amateurs finding their way into the industry and so savvy with all the necessary and required equipment for film"
Says Harsh, "I am just living a dream. I never ever dreamt that I would be meeting the biggest icon of the industry. I AM KALAM is the wish fulfillment of all my dreams and the dreams of all underprivileged children to get an education. I thank Smile foundation for making it happen"
And though he has met the ultimate Shahenshah in Bollywood. Harsh has still not left hopes of meeting Salman Khan... remember his bhook hartal for Salman!!