A poor kid inspired by President Kalam in ‘I Am Kalam’
Thu, Aug 04, 2011 03:29:08 GMT
All a poor boy from Rajasthan needed was an inspiration, a hero who could be his guide. He finds him in the former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam. Director Nila Madhab Panda’s film I Am Kalam is an inspiring tale of an intelligent boy's journey to make his impossible vision a reality.
Chhotu (Harsh Mayar) is an intelligent boy who belongs to a poor family in Rajasthan. Due to poverty he is forced to find work in a roadside food stall under the somewhat kind owner, Bhati (Gulshan Grover). Chhotu is quick to learn and impresses Bhati with his abilities. Near the food stall is a heritage hotel in the palace of an erstwhile royal family. Chhotu strikes up friendship with the lonely prince (Husaan Saad) of the royal family, but the prince is forbidden to mix with commoners by his reactionary father.
One day Chhotu is inspired by President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on television. Chhotu changes his name to Kalam and wants to meet the president. He studies in his spare time and writes a speech for the prince. The speech which wins first prize, but when the palace guards search Kalam's room they find the prince's clothes, and Kalam is framed as a thief. Kalam does not reveal the source of the clothes so as to protect the prince from his father.
Kalam hitches a ride to New Delhi where he tries to meet the president. Meanwhile, the prince tells his father that it was he who gave the clothes to Kalam and that Kalam wrote the speech which earned first prize. The nominal king realizes his mistake and sends the prince to find Kalam in New Delhi. Kalam is found near India Gate and is brought back home. The king tells him that he can study in the same school as the prince.
I Am Kalam is made under the banner of Smile Foundation. The film is slated to release on August 5.