Real meets reel Kalam!


By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, July 31 -- Former Indian President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam watched I Am Kalam at his Delhi residence recently. Producer Santanu Mishra, director Nila Madhab Panda along with kid actors, Harsh Mayar and Husaan Saad had gone to his residence for the special screening. The film revolves around the story of a child who is inspired by Dr Kalam and his trials and tribulations and dares to dream to become like him.

Dr Kalam has been very impressed with the film. After watching the promo of the film, he stated, "The movie made me realise that every person can make changes in others lives. We should promote education in villages. We need to create employment for parents so that they can send their children to school. I have realised one thing - that children are a big force. The ignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource on the earth, above the earth and below the earth."

In fact, Dr Kalam has asked the producer and director to take the film to rural schools and colleges. I Am Kalam has already got a special request from the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, for a special screening for the royal family at the Buckingham Palace. Prince Charles' attention was drawn to the film when it was screened at the opening gala of IFFLA 2011 in Los Angeles.

The cast and crew of the film had earlier met Dr Kalam after the film was conceptualized and before the shooting had begun. He had met the crew and had specially spoken to Harsh Mayar and Husaan Saad about not giving up education even while they focus on an acting career.