Cast: Harsh Mayar, Gulshan Grover, Pitobash, Laxmi[the camel] 

Director: Nila Madhab Panda

There was something about the movie poster that drew me to the movie and so when i won a ticket on an sms contest, i was excited! I have always enjoyed watching movies, more so those based on true stories and revolving around Kids- Tara Zameen Par, Stanley ka Dabba, etc…..

I am Kalam is the endearing story of a little boy who transforms from Chottu to Kalam and has big dreams for himself. His one aspiration is to wear a Tie, and be respected by many 🙂 The movie reinforces the “Keep dreaming and keep aspiring to fulfil those dreams”

A truly Inspiring movie, ‘I am Kalam‘ is not a documentary or preachy. No way, it is far from that!!  There is so much life in the movie, that we are completely engrossed… We laugh with the actors, we chuckle, we cry, we want to reach out ……. It is a heartwarming movie…

Chottu[Harsh Mayar] is a bright eager to learn kid who is left at a Dhabba[in the outskirts of Rajasthan] run by Bhati[ Gulshan Grover] by his mom so he can earn some money. He wins the heart of not only Bhati, but all the visitors, especially the foreigners, and makes sure to learn something from each of them. The enthusiasm and zeal he has for learning is just infectious. And then there is Laptain [Pitobash from Shor in the City]. Chottu spends the few minutes he gets between cleaning up dishes and serving customers.

One day while watching TV late in the night, Chottu listens to a speach by the then President Abdul Kalam on how important education is for children and there is no age limit to learn… Thus is born Kalam, and he makes it a point to tell all that he is no longer to be called “Chottu” 🙂

The innocence is seen when on the tea rounds to the nearby Haveli, he becomes friendly with the  young prince named Ranvijay (Husaan Saad) and their bond is deeper than toys… They teach each other, play, run around, and connect….  The excitment in Chottu’s face when Ranvijay gives him a gift is a truly priceless moment…

Lucy (Beatrice Ordeix), the french tourist who had held Bhati captivated breaks his heart when she tells him she is married and her husband is in Delhi. She infact promises Kalam that she’l take him to Delhi but leaves in a hurry, breaking his heart as well..

Chottu Alias Kalam is an example to every child who wishes to grow and study… Shows if you are determined, you too can succeed…

To know more, watch the movie!!  Here’s a clip to get you started… 

Every scene in the movie is endearing, makes us smile and feel good for Kalam and his attitude. Then, there is Laxmi, the Dhabba camel which becomes his best friend 🙂

The little tiffs and clashes between Chottu and Laptan show the jealousy and anger within Laptan[ the Hindi film obsessed worker at the Dhabba]

I enjoyed Chottu’s acting and this is probably one of Gulshan Grover’s finest pieces as well…

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