IIFL (06 May 2010)
The movie revolves around the trials and tribulations faced a small boy who is yearning for education and is working to realize his cherished dreams
‘I AM KALAM’, a feature film inspired by the honorable ex-President of India, Shri Abdul J Kalam, is all set to be showcased at the Marche du section of 63rd Cannes film Festival to be held from 12-23rd May 2010.
Directed by debutant director- Nila Madhab Panda, this movie is known for bringing the topical genre of late Satyajit Ray’s cinema after decades. The movie revolves around the trials and tribulations faced a small boy who is yearning for education and is working to realize his cherished dreams.
Produced by the Smile Foundation, one of the leading National development organizations of India, this movie aims at sensitizing the masses about the quest of a child to nurture his dreams and subtle portrayal of basic child rights and subsequently, achieve one’s aspirations. Recognized for its intrinsic value and social message, this film draws a distinct parallel in the national and international film market. Notably, this film is sure to stir the conscience of every individual with its fantastic story line, excellent folk music and has been shot extensively at rustic locations of Rajasthan,this film has been selected at the International Platforms like Cannes. In fact, even before the shoot was complete; the film was selected for the International film co-production market in Amsterdam (Cinekid) and was duly appreciated because of its heart moving trailer.
In addition, the film is now officially selected for “Vienna International Children’s Film Festival”.Going by the acclaim, this film may also become part of coveted film festivals such as Venice, Lucas, Cinekid, Shanghai, Korean Kinder festival, Germany international film festival, Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica and Festival For Children And Youth, The Czech Republic as they have shown a keen interest in the work
While Flair Communications is an associate producer of the movie, it is directed by Nila Madhab Panda, who has earlier made over 60 short films, makes his feature film debut with “I am Kalam”. Sharing his experience, he says “I am Kalam” is a story of struggle that I have faced and observed since my own childhood. The film celebrates the survival of the human spirit against overwhelming odds. It is an inspirational film aimed at both children and adult viewers.
“To make it more interesting I have given the treatment of a contemporary fable, which would surely attract children more since it promises you something that hard work will win half of the battle in life rather than luck. However. I would also see it as a world cinema” he added.
This is also for the first time that any development organization in India has ventured to produce a full fledged feature film on an issue like child education that needs to be addressed in the present scenario in the country. Speaking about the initiative, Anurag Bhatnagar, GM Resources, Smile Foundation says “The main objective of producing ‘Iam Kalam’ is to highlight how a child aspires to dream in spite of all the hardships of the life. Furthermore, Indian Government has recently passed the bill on Right to Education. But the act will remain a mere legislation unless and until, the privileged mass come forward proactively for the cause. This film is an effort to appeal to all the privileged mass to come forward so as to make this act a reality on the ground as well”.