India Today (06 May 2010)
‘I Am Kalam’, a feature film inspired by the former President, Abdul J Kalam, is all set to be screened at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.
The film, directed by debutant Nila Madhab Panda and produced by the Smile Foundation, will be screened at the Marche du section of the 10-day-long festival which begins from May 12.
The movie revolves around the trials and tribulations faced a small boy who is yearning for education and is working to realise his cherished dreams.
“It 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 and I have given the treatment of a contemporary fable,” said Panda, who has directed some 60 short films before debuting into feature.
It is also India’s first feature film to be produced by a development organization in India. Smile foundation decided to be a part of the film because it deals with child education.