Story (Synopsis of the film): Set in Bikaner, Rajasthan, ‘I Am Kalam’ is a simple yet inspiring story of a poor boy Chhotu (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 a.k.a Kalam works as a waiter at a dhaba owned by Bhati (Gulshan Grover). With the help of Bhati, Chhotu happens to meet right people like musician Lucy (Beatrice Ordeix) and son of King of Bikaner, Ranvijay (Hussan Saad), who induce life in his dreams. A believer of karmas and not destiny, how Chhotu makes his aspirations come true is an interesting watch. Review: ‘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. Story Treatment: ‘I Am Kalam’ is a collage of beautiful moments. Panda effortlessly makes one fall in love with Chhotu and the relationship he shares with other characters is well-defined. The approach towards making Chhotu’s dreams come true is very pragmatic. For instance, there is no meeting of Chhotu with Dr. Kalam which usually such genre of films end up showcasing. There are no-loopholes in screenplay; in fact, every scene has a definite meaning which actually is a metaphorical representation of the basic subject the movie deals with. Star Cast: Harsh Mayar is a charmer. He is at his natural best and steals the heart with a stupendous performance. Gulshan Grover is brilliant, but gets less scope due of length of the role. Hussan Saad and Beatrice Ordeix, who act as catalysts in Chhotu’s life, leave a mark. Pitobash, as anti-Chhotu, is quite promising. Direction : Panda stirs magical moments in ‘I Am Kalam’. He manages to extract the best of the performances from his actors. But, what catches the attention of a viewer is how beautifully the background music is blended with the situation in the scenes. In fact, the music speaks louder than dialogues at some instances in the film, which defines the unique style of the filmmaker. Music/ cinematography/ Dialogues/Editing: Music and dialogues, as mentioned earlier, are the high points of the film. ‘I Am Kalam’ is tasteless without them. Cinematography makes the film a visual treat, while editing, like the screenplay, is crisp. 3 Ups and 3 Downs: Impressive and awe-inspiring dialogues, excellent meaningful music and brilliant performances are the strengths of the film. Predictable storyline, poor essaying of Gulshan Grover’s character who is the only star attraction, are the drawbacks of ‘I Am Kalam’. On the whole, if you have a taste for good and sensitive cinema, ‘I Am Kalam’ is surely a treat to watch.