What is the theme of the movie I Am Kalam?

I Am Kalam is about a poor boy who dreams big and wants to study. It was produced in 2011 by the non-governmental charity, Smile Foundation. Its theme is the right to education for the underprivileged.

Chhotu (Harsh Mayar) works in a roadside eatery in Rajasthan. There is a grand resort just next to it.

While making tea, washing dishes and peeling vegetables, the little boy dreams of wearing a tie, going to school and becoming an officer.

He then gets a chance to see the Republic Day parade and Dr. Kalam taking the salute. He is very interested and finds out more about Dr. Kalam. He decides to become like him and calls himself Kalam.

The story progresses and then his friend Rannvijay’s father agrees to pay for Chhotu’s education in the same school that Rannvijay goes to. And his mother is given work in the resort.

The last scene ends with both friends boarding the school bus in their school uniforms.

I Am Kalam was released on Indian screens on August 5, 2011. The movie was specially screened for Dr. Kalam at his Delhi residence. Harsh Mayar bagged the award for Best Child Artist the same year in the National Film Awards. He won it along with two other children.

The film was directed by Nila Madhab Panda.

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