I Am Kalam was written by Sanjay Chauhan, directed by Nila Madhab Panda, produced by Santanu Mishra and Jitendra Mishra under Smile Foundation, Mohana Krishna has handled the cinematography and editing was done by Prashant Nayak, music was composed by Abhishek Ray, Madhuparma, Papon, Susmit Bose, and Shivji Dholi
It Star Harsh Mayar, Hassan Saad, Gulshan Grover, Beatrice Ordeix, Pitobash Tripathy, Meena Mir, Suresh Acharya, Biswajeet Bal, Rajat Bhalla, Garima Bharadwaj, Sanjay Chauhan, and S.D Chouhan.
It was released on 5 August 2011, made on total budget ₹3 crore, it has net grossed ₹6 crore at the box office, it has received the positive reviews from the audience.
The film won several awards including National Award for Best Child Artist to Harsh Mayar, Filmfare Award for Best Story to Sanjay Chauhan, Aravindan Award for Best Debutante Director, Special Diploma at Minsk Int’l Film Festival, Listapadzik,
The film was based on Chhotu (Harsh Mayar) whose poor mother is leaving his at roadside Dhaba to work in order to help her financially. The Dhaba owner Bhati (Gulshan Grover) a kind-hearted person and has also another young man working as a helper who is a big fan of Amitabh Bachchan.afterwards story moves Chhotu becomes friend with another boy Prince Ranvijay(Hassan Saad) of his age only who is a local prince belonging to a royal family of Rajasthan. Now this boy working at the Dhaba, likes to be called Kalam, and he wants to be a big person like the former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. With the help of his friend, he starts studying taking his school books at the Dhaba. Later, after some circumstances, Kalam leaves for Delhi to meet the president and the rest come after, searching for him
The performances are outstanding Harsh Mayar extracting good performance from a child couldn’t have been easy and Mayar delivers one of the most natural performances on screen, Hassan Saad was excellent, Gulshan Grover delivers one of his finest to date. The rest of the supporting cast performances by Pitobash, Beatrice Ordeix are good.
The film gives a message that every child should go to school which is relevant to the right to education and that effort is more powerful than fate. It also urges the privileged masses to join the effort to educate the children and help them to dream and turn their dreams into breathing reality.