‘I Am Kalam’ is a story set in Bikaner, Rajasthan. It is a simple yet inspiring story of a poor boy Chhotu played by Harsh Mayar who dreams to make it big despite adversities.
He is so deeply influenced by the life of former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam that he starts addressing himself as Kalam. Chhotu aka Kalam works as a waiter at a dhaba owned by Bhati by played by Gulshan Grover.
With the help of Bhati, Chhotu happens to meet right people like musician Lucy and son of King of Bikaner, Ranvijay who induce life in his dreams.
A firm believer of karmas rather than destiny, how Chhotu makes his aspirations come true is an interesting watch.
‘I Am Kalam’ totally lives up to the credentials of its title. The dream in Chhotu’s eyes, who calls himself a reflection of Dr. Kalam, touches the right chords.
Filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda without going overboard with his narration gives a realistic look to the film. With a pacy screenplay, Panda has left no room for melodrama. Also, despite being a film with a social message, ‘I Am Kalam’ is non-preachy which makes it stand out.
Ratings: Four cheers for this one!