I Am Kalam is a 2011 Indian Hindi drama film produced by Smile Foundation and directed by Nila Madhab Panda. The character of Chhotu has been performed by Harsh Mayar. The film was screened in the market section at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival on 12 May 2010. It has been showcased in various film festivals and has received many awards and honours. The film was screened retrospective on August 17th 2016 at the Independence Day Film Festival jointly presented by the Indian Directorate of Film Festivals and Ministry of Defense, commemorating 70th Indian Independence Day. The film was released to universal critical acclaim, and is widely regarded as one of the best movies of the past decade.
This Film is shot in Bikaner, Rajasthan of India .
I Am Kalam released in India screens on 5 August 2011. A special screening was held for Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at his Delhi residence on 29 July. The film was acquired and distributed by Ultra Media & Entertainment
The film was rated 4.60 on 5 by audiences at the Transilvania International Film Festival. The Times of India gave it 4.5 stars out of 5, commented " It's inspirational, intelligent, topical and entertaining too. More importantly, it brims over with heart and soul, leaving no one untouched with its simple message of providing an equal opportunity". DNA also gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars, saying "At a little over 90 minutes, I Am Kalam is a gripping watch that leaves you feeling uplifted and positive.".
Int'l Film Festival of India(IFFI),Goa by Young Jury for Best Feature Film
National Film Award for Best Child Artist 2011 – Harsh Mayar. He won it along with two other children
Lucas Film Festival, Germany for Best Feature Film
Int'l Jury at Ale Kino Int'l Film Festival, Poland for Special Mention
Don Quixote Prize of the International Ciné-Club Federation (ICCF) at the Lucas Film Festival
Special Diploma at Minsk Int'l Film Festival, Listapadzik
Aravindan Award for Best Debutante Director
57th Filmfare Awards for Best Story to Sanjay Chauhan
Mumbai Int'l Film Festival (MAMI) for Indian Frame Showcase