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I Am Kalam is a story about Chhotu, a poor Rajasthani boy, who is inspired by the life of the former President of India, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and his strong desire to learn. The character of Chhotu has been performed by Harsh Mayar, a Delhi slum boy.Wikipedia

I Am Kalam Reviews


It’s a charming little film that’ll leave you wiser and happier. Don’t miss it.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express


'I Am Kalam' is a big smile of a movie. You watch, and smile right back.

Nikhat Kazmi
Times Of India


A film that may not storm the box office, I Am Kalam will definitely stir your sensibilities.

Mayank Shekhar
Hindustan Times


It's a sweet, intimate, fable-like film, even unnecessarily sanitised in parts, that touches upon issues of class, poverty, childhood, dreams, without ever quite losing sight of a reasonably plausible, engaging tale to tell. This helps.


In the end, what contributes to I Am Kalam immensely is its metaphor of Kalam, the scientist with an almost magical ability to bind people, especially children. Kalam today stands for education, poverty and above all, an abiding love for children, in much the same way Nehru once did. If socialist films were dubbed Nehruvian, would those with child protagonists working their way through life for higher goals and purposes in a brave, new future-time be hailed as Kalamian?

I Am Kalam shows how beautiful small can be, especially when the heart is in the right place and the mind is clued in.

Gaurav Malani
Times Of India


With a child protagonist, I Am Kalam gives an important message particularly to the adult audience on how every child has a basic right for education and to live his dream.


I Am Kalam is a gripping watch that leaves you feeling uplifted and positive. Try not to miss it.

Taran Adarsh
Bollywood Hungama


...an inspiring and motivating film that deserves to be encouraged. Recommended!

Must be watched for its sincere effort to carry forward the world of the child with the same mellow maturity of vision as the recent 'Stanley Ka Dabba' and 'Chillar Party'.


I am supremely impressed by I AM KALAM. Watch this film made with lot of heart for its poignant story-telling and incredible performances.

I am Kalam is a delight to sit through. It is one of the bright spots in a dim period for half-witted commercial films. Don’t miss it.

I Am Kalam stands for what Chhotu firmly believes in. You make your own destiny, which he picked up from a speech by APJ Kalam. At a time, when children seem bereft of the right idol to emulate, I Am Kalam shows the way.

Mansha Rastogi


I Am Kalam is that little gem which needs recognition. If it takes a star to promote a great film (read Salman Khan producing Chillar Party purely for its brilliance), I Am Kalam definitely deserves one too.

Daily Bhaskar
Daily Bhaskar


...if you have a taste for good and sensitive cinema, ‘I Am Kalam’ is surely a treat to watch.

India Glitz


Give this film a chance. It tells a lot without speaking much.

Audience Reviews for I Am Kalam

  • Sandeep Gupta
    Sandeep Gupta
    94 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    I Am Kalam. A smart kid from a village in Jaiselmar, Rajasthan finds his inspiration in President APJ Abdul Kalam to grow big in life. He works at a small restaurant run by his uncle played surprisingly perfect by Bollywood bad man Gulshan Grover, he befriends with a rich boy of his age and a French tourist lady who help him with many things. In fact, he has the ability to learn instantly and make friends for lifetime. The whole movie is crafted with so much of love, simplicity, affection and honesty that is hard to resist. What works more in favor is short run-time of one and half hours and convincing, solid acting by all actors. There are numerous scenes that will stay with you forever. This does not blow your mind off, doesn't try to create sympathy for children forced to work and deprived of education. What it tries to say that it does not matter how small you were when you started, you can always grow big if you follow your dreams. Don't miss it, it's a touching mini classic.

    February 22, 14
  • Sourav
    1 review

    Very Nice Movie. Adding Inspiration to the kids to do something with will power and interest. Must watch for those who likes sensible movies.

    August 08, 15