`I Am Kalam` headed to Buckingham Palace

Last Updated: Apr 18, 2011, 19:51 PM IST

New Delhi: After winning the Audience Choice Award at IFFLA, `I Am Kalam`, a child`s struggle to get an education against all odds, is reportedly headed to Buckingham Palace.

Prince Charles has expressed an interest in watching the movie and has requested a special screening of the movie, directed by Nila Madhab Panda and produced by Smile Foundation, a statement said.

Actor Gulshan Grover, who acts in the film met Prince Charles in London and discussed the film with him.

It is the feature debut of Panda, who has produced and directed over 60 documentaries, short films, television drama and films for international and national broadcaster.

"I wanted to send out a message that effort is more powerful then fate and that the privileged masses must join the effort to educate the children and help them to dream and turn their dreams into breathing reality," Panda said.

"To make it more interesting I have given the treatment of a contemporary fable, which would surely attract children more. However, I would also see it as a world cinema," he added.

The film, which has won 11 international awards, is set in Bikaner, Rajasthan, the film revolves around the trials and tribulations of Chhotu.

The central plot of the film is in sync with the recently enforced Right To Education Act and stands for thousands of such aspiring children of the country. It has a fairy tale treatment and a positive note despite the serious issues it touches.

It marks the debut of Delhi-based-12 year old underprivileged child Harsh Mayar in the lead. This is also the first time ever that a development organisation in India has produced a feature film.

PTI