I am Kalam

I am Kalam

Children’s/Family: 35mm
Directed by : Nila Madhab Panda
Produced by : Smile Foundation
Associate Producer : Flair Comunications
Cast : Harsh Mayar, Hussan Saad, Gulshan Grover, Beatrice Ordeix

I am Kalam is the story of a child and his struggles to pursue his dreams and to surpass the boundaries of reality. It is a story of redemption, of the need to provide education to the underclass and to equalize social inequities. Inspired by former Indian President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the film was conceptualized after the Right to Education Act was enforced in India. Set in Bikaner, Rajasthan, the film revolves around the struggles of the protagonist – Chhotu, and is symbolic to the struggle of millions of such children in the country and how the civil society looks at the depravity but does not lift a finger to do anything about it.

I am Kalam is a Smile Foundation production and is the first film ever in India to be produced by a development organization. With this film Smile Foundation is trying to reach out to people around the world drawing their attention to support the movement of educating every child in India to secure a better future. It is a fact that in a world that is already exposed to extraordinary content, plain appeals do not stand a chance any more in grabbing attention. Keeping this in mind, Smile Foundation proactively took the initiative and the challenges therein to come up with a mainstream Bollywood film; and has tried to package a very important cause in a contemporary fable like manner in an attempt to reach out to the maximum number of people towards this cause.

The film has won 23 coveted national and international awards from the 40 prestigious film festivals that it travelled to, across the globe.

With its world cinema style, I am Kalam, has arrested the interest of the general audience, media and the film fraternity alike. The film is a proof that independent cinema in India, that is created with artistic content and reflecting the spirit of India in an entertaining way, has great potential of connecting with the world audience across all age groups.

Indian Awards

‘Best Child Artist ‘

58th National Award

Best Debutante Director’

Aravindan Puraskaram

‘Best Story’

57th FILMFARE Awards

‘Best Actor Searchlight’

10th Max Stardust Awards

International Awards

‘The Bronze Cairo’

Cario International Film Festival 2012

‘The CIFJE Prize’

Cario International Film Festival 2012

‘Audience Choice For Best Feature Film’

Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles

‘Best Children’s Feature Film’

CMS International Film Festival, Lucknow

‘Best Feature Film Award’

Lucas International Film Festival

‘Best Feature Film

Chicago-International Children’s Film Festival

‘Don Quixote Prize’

International Cine Club Federations in Germany

‘Young Jury award’

International Film Festival of India in Goa

‘Audience Favorite” Award’

the Barbican London Children’s Film Festival Award

‘Best Feature Film’

Silent River Film Festival 2011, California

‘Best Screenplay’

17th International Children’s Film Festival, Hyderabad

‘Best Actor’

17th International Children’s Film Festival, Hyderabad

‘Best Child Actor’

Silent River Film Festival California

‘Best Director’

Silent River Film Festival, California

Special Diploma for the Best Actor Work’

Minsk International Film Festival Listapadzik

‘Best Debutant Director Award’

Chalachitra Film Society, Kerela

‘Special Mention’

Cinekid International Film Festival in Amsterdam

‘Special Mention’

Ale Kino International Film Festival in Poland

Indian Nominations

‘Best Child Actor’

18th Annual Screen Awards

‘Best Debutant Director’

18th Annual Screen Awards

‘Best Story’

18th Annual Screen Awards

‘Best Film’

Searchlight at Stardust Award

‘Best Actor’

Searchlight Category at Stardust Award

International Nominations

‘Cinekid Lion Award’

Cinekid Film Festival, Amsterdam

‘Cinekid Audience Award’

Cinekid Film Festival, Amsterdam

‘Politiken Audience Favorite’

Buster Film Festival, Denmark

‘Indian Frame Showcase’

MAMI – Mumbai Int’l Film Festival