I Am Kalam Movie Review
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The film traces the life of Chottu (Harsh Mayar), a poor kid with a million dollar smile. He is very sharp and interested in studies, but his mother can't afford to send him to school. So, at an age when children play with toys, he starts working in a small road side food stall under Bhati (Gulshan Grover). Also working with him at the stall is the hardcore Amitabh Bachchan fan, Laptan (Pitobash Tripathy) who never leaves a chance to bully him. After listening to a speech by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Chottu changes his own name to Kalam and starts working towards his dream of becoming a bada aadmi one day.
He befriends a local price Ranvijay Singh (Hussan Saad), who hails from a royal family. The two kids become the best of friends and start helping each other. Ranvijay teaches Kalam English while Kalam teaches him Hindi. What follows is a heart warming story about friendship, perseverance and pursuing dreams.
Nila Madhab Panda's directorial debut is a sweet little gem. It's one of those rare films that is simple and yet very moving. It shows in an absolutely non-preachy way that dreams do come true. And it's karma and not kismat that helps in fulfilling one's dreams. The narrative includes many brilliant moments that you'll remember for a long time. It also tackles the menace of child labour in a very mature way.
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Ahishek Ray, Madhuparna, Papon, Susmit Bose and Shivji Dholi's music blends with the film perfectly. Mohana Krishna's cinematography captures Rajasthan beautifully. Prashant Nair's editing is spotless.
Harsh Mayar's shines and how! The National Award winner (well-deserved) plays his part very naturally. He carries the film on his able shoulders wonderfully and with great maturity. Gulshan Grover is dependable as always. Pitobash Tripathy, who impressed in SHOR IN THE CITY, is simply wonderful. Child actor Husaan Saad acts really well. Beatrice Ordeix plays her part superbly.
I am supremely impressed by I AM KALAM. Watch this film made with lot of heart for its poignant story-telling and incredible performances.
Rating - 4/5
Movie Cast & Crew
- Actor: Harsh Mayar, Gulshan Grover, Pitobash Tripathy, Husaan Saad, Beatrice Ordeix, and Meena Mir
- Lyrics: Manavendra, Salil Vaidya, Protique Mojoomdar, Kishor Chanchal and Shivji Dholi
- Director: Nila Madhab Panda
- Music Director: Abhishek Ray, Madhuparna, Papon, Susmit Bose and Shivji Dholi