I Am Kalam

  • Babloo Happy Hai: Director Nila Madhab Panda's road trip from Delhi to Manali February 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Nila Madhab Panda made heads turn with his debut feature 'I Am Kalam' and went on to make critically acclaimed 'Jalpari'. The director with a social concern is back with 'Babloo Happy Hai', which is set to hit the screens on February 7, 2014. He talks about his...
  • Review: 'Jalpari' is a social statement November 7, 2012

    Cast: Parvin Dabas, Suhasini Mulay, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Harsh Mayar, Lehar Khan and Krishang Trivedi Director: Nila Madhab Panda Rating: 3 out of 5. In spite of its flaws, of which there are many, 'Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid' wins your heart with its simple fluid storytelling and characters who seem to have taken...
  • Friday Release: Issue based 'Jalpari' August 30, 2012

    New Delhi: After the success of ‘I Am Kalam’, director Nila Madhab Panda's ‘Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid’ is another film with a social message. The film is largely based on the issue of female foeticide, but has been treated as an adventure thriller and journey film. Produced by Sushil Kumar Agrawal of...
  • Indian stars have acceptance abroad: Gulshan Grover July 8, 2012

    New Delhi: Gulshan Grover, who has worked in international movies, says that the acceptability of Indian movies and actors abroad is bare minimum. "Acceptability of Indian stars and acceptability of Indian films is very marginal," Gulshan told IANS, adding that Hollywood stars' "love for India is genuine, but the rest...
  • When will India stop ignoring children's films? June 30, 2012

    New Delhi: (Will Chillar Party's National Award inspire a more chilled mood towards children's films? Monojit Lahiri attempts a freeze frame of a genre consistently ignored in star-obsessed and movie-mad India.) As a nation, we are passionately committed and engaged in the manufacture of children. Presently, rolling out one billion plus...
  • Indian film on female foeticide screened at Cannes November 7, 2012

    Cannes: Director Nila Madhab Panda, remembered for 'I Am Kalam', showcased his new feature film 'Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid' at Marche du Cannes (Cannes Film Market) at the ongoing 65th Cannes International Film Festival. The film is said to have received a positive response. Producer Sushilkumar Agrawal of Ultra Distributors Pvt...
  • Independent filmmaking is not easy: Nila Madhab February 28, 2012

    New Delhi: DearCinema brings to you a few voices that define the Indie scene in India today, ruminating over what independent cinema means to them. Straight from the horse's mouth. Following Q, Shonali Bose, Onir and Shivajee Chandrabhushan, in the fifth in the series, filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda whose debut...
  • 5 films you should've watched this year December 30, 2011

    These are little gems that didn't have big stars or big budgets. They were honest, well-made films that didn't make a lot of money at the box-office. You may have missed them in the cinema, but check them out on DVD: 'I Am', directed by Onir An honest film that wove...
  • Rebirth of Children's Film Society with 'Gattu' November 20, 2011

    Hyderabad: It was in the 20th century that Children's Film Society, India (CFSI) last released a film in the theatres. The millennium has changed, and so have the kids and the business of cinema. CFSI, sadly, seemed to have lost touch. Some of the best children's films of the new millennium...
  • 'Rang Rasiya', 'I Am Kalam' at Chicago film fest August 18, 2011

    Chicago: Filmmaker Ketan Mehta's controversial film "Rang Rasiya" has been selected to open the Chicago South Asian Film Festival, which is starting on September 30th. "Rang Rasiya" is the story of artist Raja Ravi Varma's passions, obsessions and his fierce struggle for creative freedom. He hurt the religious sentiments of the...
  • I want to act with Salman Bhai: Harsh Mayar August 7, 2011

    13-year-old Hash Mayar who has wowed critics with his portrayal of the young, enterprising and ambitious kid, Chhotu in Bollywood debut director Nila Madhab Panda’s award-winning film I Am Kalam, likes to describe an amalgamation of emotions that he has undergone since winning the National Award, meeting former president APJ...
  • Now Showing: Catch the latest movie reviews August 6, 2011

    This week on 'Now Showing', Rajeev Masand reviews 'I am Kalam' and 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'. ...
  • Masand: 'I am Kalam' a charming little film August 6, 2011

    Cast: Harsh Mayar, Gulshan Grover, Pitobash Director: Nila Madhab Panda Inspirational and humorous in equal measure, 'I am Kalam' is the heartwarming story of a poor boy who aspires to learn; a young dreamer determined to rise above his humble roots and carve his own destiny. Directed sensitively by debutant Nila Madhab...
  • Janta Verdict: 'I Am Kalam' is a poignant film August 5, 2011

    Directed by Nila Madhab Panda, 'I Am Kalam' is the tale of a young buy Chhotu who is inspired by former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam to chase his dreams. ...
  • Kalam, Mussaddi: Small films rule weekend cinema August 5, 2011

    New Delhi: Former President APJ Abdul Kalam is the inspiration behind 'I am Kalam' while actor Pankaj Kapoor reprises a popular television role in Chala Mussaddi Office Office as a slew of small budget films hit the theatres this weekend. Pankaj Kapoor, television's self-effacing school master, is seeking a return to...
  • Friday Releases: 'I am Kalam' hits theatres August 5, 2011

    Two Bollywood films 'Chala Musaddi Office Office' and 'I am Kalam' and Hollywood film 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' release this Friday. ...
  • 'I am Kalam' shoot was torture: Gulshan Grover July 31, 2011

    New Delhi: Promoting his latest movie 'I am Kalam', Gulshan Grover made it pretty clear that passion was the most vital ingredient for any movie success. 'I am Kalam' is believed to be a prince and pauper story where the main protagonist, a small child from exceedingly deprived circumstances, finds...
  • Trailer: I am Kalam October 17, 2011

    'I am Kalam' is a movie about a poor boy from Rajasthan who is insipred by the former President APJ Abdul Kalam. ...
  • Specialised villains will end with me: Grover July 11, 2011

    New Delhi: The days of the "specialised" Hindi film villain, who was portrayed as the epitome of evil, is over ever since storytelling underwent a major change in the last decade, says the Bad Man of Bollywood Gulshan Grover. Now films have no clear black and white demarcations. "The typical villains...
  • 'I am Kalam' set for June release: Director April 23, 2011

    Bhubaneswar: I Am Kalam, an award-winning feature film about the struggle of a boy who is inspired by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, is set to hit the screens globally by June-end, its director, Nila Madhaba Panda, said. The one-and-a-half-hour film, produced by Smile Foundation, aims at motivating the poor to educate their...
  • IFFI: Film to promote poor children's education November 25, 2010

    Panaji: I am Kalam, a children's film based on former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, is aimed at inspiring the poor to educate their children, director of the film Nila Madhab Panda said at the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. The film will be screened at the festival...
  • Ex-prez Kalam denies role in Indo-French film November 28, 2009

    New Delhi: Former president APJ Abdul Kalam has denied that he is appearing in an Indo-French film titled I Am Kalam. But actor Gulshan Grover insists Kalam "has given a shot as himself in the movie". Kalam's office said in a statement, "Kalam has no plans to act or associate with...
  • Ex-president Abdul Kalam set for movie debut November 25, 2009

    Mumbai: Former president APJ Abdul Kalam will be seen on the silver screen for the first time in the film I Am Kalam, says Gulshan Grover. "He knows about the film and he has given his nod. He has even kindly done a cameo appearance in it," Gulshan, who is also...