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Smile Foundation continuously strives to sensitize the privileged mass of the country so that they come forward, take on the social problems of the country as personal challenges and fight them back. And in order to grab their attention, Smile has been developing films on its core areas which are creative, innovative and are a balance of the right content and the right quality.

Smile has forayed into producing films of both kinds – documentary and short; and has been hugely successful in both the genres. The Foundation has also won several awards for its endeavors in both the categories.

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Smile has produced 55 short films and 1documentary film since its inception in 2002. And it will continue to explore this medium in future as well to disseminate serious yet interesting social messages.

Films Short Films (Documentaries)


I am Kalam

This is a film inspired by the honorable ex-President of India, Shri Abdul J Kalam. The film revolves around the trials and tribulations faced by a small boy who is yearning for education and is working to realize his cherished dreams. It summarizes a fairy tale treatment to the dreams of the Protagonist, Chhotu, and how he dares to achieve them in spite of all the odds. The central plot of the film is in sync with the recently enforced RTE Act and stands for thousands of such aspiring children of the country.

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Choone Do Aasman

Choone Do Aasman is a joint initiative of Smile Foundation and NDTV to bring to light the hidden aspirations of less privileged children living in difficult conditions across the country.

Series I (2009)

Winner of Asia Pacific Child Rights Award 2010

Winner of INB Award 2010

This is a series of 24 short films on the real life stories of children living in the slums of big and small cities. These were telecast on NDTV India from August 31 to October 31, 2009. The campaign was ended with an hour long panel discussion (Hum Log) hosted by Mr. Pankaj Pachauri on November 1, 2009. A special episode of Choone Do Aasman hosted by child actor Darsheel Safary was also telecast on Children’s Day November 14, 2009.

The series has been facilitated with the Asia Pacific Child Rights Award 2010 for advocacy through media and the INB Award 2010 as the best Hindi Documentary on television.


Series II (2010)

This sequel campaign is a series of 15 real life stories showcasing the lives of children, living in some of the most conflict ridden areas in the country. These are stories of their aspirations, against heart shattering backdrops like drug abuse and suicide of fathers under heavy debts. But these stories are not of despair; these are stories of hope for a better future of the children who stand up in the face of these circumstances and dare to nurture a dream. This series was aired on NDTV 24x7 and NDTV India from August 2-31, 2010.


Nanhi Nazar

This series of 8 short films was an effort by Smile Foundation to sensitize people about issues like child labour and atrocities of the girl child. For the campaign small children reported about the plight of the underprivileged children. Real life stories of victims of child abuse were shown in the campaign, who were later supported by Smile Foundation.




Short Cuts

Smile Foundation developed 7 short films, which were telecast on leading television channels of India and cinema halls of the country’s capital. Two among them on child-related issues were telecast on leading TV channels like Zee News, Zee Business, NDTV India, 24x7, NDTV Profit, IBN 7, and CNN IBN in the months of February and March 2009. These films were also telecast in March 2009 in 8 leading cinema halls of Delhi for 3 weeks.


The Journey so Far

This short film of approximately 7 minutes, is a journey that introduces you to the ground reality of the plight of underprivileged children in India. It also explains how few like-minded professionals realising their social responsibility came forward with the intention of giving back to the society and how they created Smile Foundation with an innovative working model 'Social Venture Philanthropy'. It talks about how Smile Foundation works in bridging the gap between the privileged and the underprivileged. Through the video, various programmes of Smile Foundation related to Education, Health, Women Empowerment, Livelihood and Advocacy have been showcased.