Movie Review: I Am Kalam (2011)
I Am Kalam is a film about an underprivileged child who is inspired by India’s erstwhile President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and aspires to grow up to be a respectable person like him. While the basic tendency for a film like this would be to show the triumph of the kid’s aspirations by the hands of the President himself with a cameo in the climax, I Am Kalam refrains from any such larger-than-life portrayal and remains rooted. However despite having a realistic approach, the film remains optimistic throughout and there is not a moment of despair.
Chotu (Harsh Mayar), a small kid, is left behind by his mother at a roadside dhaba to work as a helper and support his destitute family. While delivering food at the nearby heritage hotel, he befriends a boy of his age, Ranvijay Singh (Husaan Saad) who is a descendant of an erstwhile royal family that now runs the hotel. The keen-observer and quick-learner Chotu is aided by his friend Ranvijay in his quest for education. Further, on learning that President Abdul Kalam too suffered several hardships in his childhood, Chotu rechristens himself as Kalam and aims to be just like him.
The film starts off on a light-hearted note and it doesn’t take much time for you to fall in love with the adorable and witty Kalam. Watch out for the hilarious chudail sequence.