'I Am Kalam' gives message without preaching (Movie Review)

By Subhash K. Jha (12:27)

Film: "I Am Kalam"; Cast: Harsh Mayar, Hussan Saad, Pitobash, Gulshan Grover and Beatrice Ordeix; Director: Nila Madab Panda; Rating: ****

The boy is a dreamer. One look at the former President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on television and Chotu decides to call himself Kalam. Kalam believes every child has the right to education.

Without the least display of pity or preachiness, debutant director Nila Madab Panda creates a world of infinite hope and minuscule joys for his precocious unlettered but smart protagonist Chotu.

The wispy but firm-handed narration weaves through Chotu's relationships with various characters in his life… his uncle, the dhaba owner Bhatti, whi