I am Kalam - Notepad

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quick review:

I am Kalam charmingly visualizes the life of a little boy who has to work to sustain himself and his family. Its simplicity is works as both an advantage and a disadvantage. The easy-going narrative is a pleasant watch but too-good-to-be-true plot is distracting.



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Plot Summary

9-10 year-old Chhotu works at a roadside dhaba. He is enthusiastic about life but is pulled down by the people around him.

What Worked

  • Close-up shot of marbles.
  • The Karni Maata temple as a choice for one of the locations.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The random use of Rajasthani (marwadi) words.
  • The philosophy about changing times being talked over a game of chess. Very arbitrary.
  • How can a teacher ask a 9-10 year old boy to prepare for an "inter-school" competition by himself, just one day in advance?
  • Why was Rannvijay Singh walking like he had hurt his back? Or was he imitating the style in which his father might have walked?!