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I Am Kalam

I Am Kalam

3.7 235 Ratings

Directed by : Nila Madhab Panda

Release Date : | Length : 88 Minutes

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In spite of being born into abject poverty, Chhotu, an inventive child with a cheerful disposition does not let his grim circumstances defeat him. In order to support his family, he works in a small road side food stall during the day; however spends his evenings avidly reading books he has somehow managed to gather. He somed...more


“The film based on the education for the underprivileged kids fails to connect with the audience because of its average narrative and repetitive sequences. Only its decent performances make the film bearable.”

I Am Kalam Credit & Casting

Harsh Mayar

I Am Kalam Box Office

  • Gross: INR 0.71 cr.
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I Am Kalam Audience Review

Earnest but not engaging

Rated 2.0 / 5

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I am Kalam is one more addition to the made for adults children film category. Made purely for a Film Festival International audience the film is at the most an average film which raises the issue of education for the underprivileged kids.

Chhotu (Harsh Mayar) is dropped off by his mom to work at Bhatis (Gulshan Grover) dhabha in Rajasthan (the choice of location is a clear - wooing the foreign audience device). Chhotu is fond of reading and is a smart kid. Inspired by the ex President A.P.J Kalam's speech he starts calling himself Kalam. Most of the film is centered around his friendship with the young school going prince Ranvijay (Hussan Saad ). An unnecessary love track is added between Bhati & a Lucy (Beatrice Ordeix). The screenplay is more focused on Kalams everyday life at the dhabha rather than bringing in any conflict and since Kalam is a super smart kid you know how it will end and the journey towards the end is pleasant but not extremely engaging.

Most of the scenes are repetitive whether its scenes between Kalam & Ranvijay or Kalam & Laptan (Pitobash) or Bhati & Lucy. In spite of a lively performance by Harsh Mayar the film fails to connect on an emotional level. Hussan Saad compliments Mayar with an equally easy performance. It felt nice to hear him say aap when all around me I hear children speak the tereko mereko language. Whats best enjoyed in the film are the performances of both the kids & Pitobash.

Final few words: I am Kalam is an easy watch but comes across as catering to the west film rather than focusing on telling a good story.

Rating: **

Ticket meter: Worth a 100/- buck ticket.

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