I am Kalam - External Reviews

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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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40 reviewers have given I am Kalam an average rating of 4.4/5.0 (?)

34 yays
3 nays
3 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Equally enjoyable are the scenes in the dhaba where the white tourists all look and speak like real white tourists... full review

Thumbs up by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice ...inspiring... full review

So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...A sweet, simple movie which reminded me of Raj Kapoor's "Ab Dilli Door Nahin" but nothing exceptional... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...an inspiring and motivating film that deserves to be encouraged... full review

Thumbs up Daily Bhaskar ...a collage of beautiful moments.... full review

Thumbs up by Nandita Dutta, DearCinema ...a feel-good fable... full review

Thumbs up by Payal Khanna, Desi Martini ...Inspiration in the form of movie... full review

So-So by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Endearing and Warm... full review

Thumbs down by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...Earnest but not engaging... full review

Thumbs up by Aniruddha Guha, DNA ...Try not to miss the beautiful I Am Kalam... full review

So-So by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...Debutant director Nila Madhab Panda's I Am Kalam is unusual for one reason alone. It allows a child from a remote corner of the country to idolise, not Amitabh Bachchan (like his older co-worker played by Pitobash does), or Sachin Tendulkar or Shah Rukh Khan, but India's former President APJ Abdul Kalam, a man while being hugely inspirational (particularly for children), isn't the likeliest candidate for the job.... full review

Thumbs up by Rahul Gangwani, Filmfare ...heartwarming and definitely worth a watch.... full review

Thumbs up Free Press Journal ...This film blends intelligence and emotions in he bright proportions. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com ...This is Pitobash Tripathy's debut film, although Shor In The City was released first. The little man is a powerful actor, and does complete justice to his character of a disgruntled dhaba assistant. ... full review

Thumbs up by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com ...Harsh Mayar's shines and how! The National Award winner (well-deserved) plays his part very naturally.... full review

Thumbs up by Pritam Roy, Gomolo.in ...Gulshan as 'Not-the-bad man' is great.... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...charming little film... full review

Thumbs up by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...For a film shot on a shoestring budget, I Am Kalam looks polished.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Mayar, who is a real-life slumchild, is endearingly life-like. So is his royal-blood companion, the lonely `kunwar’ of a Rajasthan princely estate, who finds a friend in the unlettered Kalam.... full review

Thumbs down by Mrigank Dhaniwala, koimoi ...Hussan Saad (as Ranvijay) does a competent job. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...There’s no problem with a simple fairy tale meant for a cause, but when it reinforces the worst kind of stereotypes associated with the ideas of a country and how white-skinned tourists are in less developed parts of the world, it is thoughtless film-making.... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...Gulshan Grover as a kind man, who has a secret crush on a French woman Lucy (Beatrice Ordeix), is very good as usual.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...hat Grover has always made a mark when cast in positive roles, like he is here, and must get into them more often.... full review

Thumbs up Mumbai Mirror ...a dignified, heartwarming, little film; the story of a boy from the hinterland, the 'other' India, dreaming of one day becoming an educated citizen who matters in tomorrow's world;... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...I Am Kalam draws its lifeblood primarily from the innate authenticity of its tangible characters and the sustained evenness of its pragmatic tone. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ...The last shot shows the 'prince' and the 'pauper' traveling happily together in the same school bus. Socialism has arrived. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com ...What takes the cake in this film is the spell binding cinematography Mohana Krishna who captures the heart of Rajasthan stupendously.... full review

Thumbs up by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...A straight, simple story with no great highs and lows and an easy resolution.... full review

Thumbs up by Shaikh Ayaz, Rediff ...In the end, what contributes to I Am Kalam immensely is its metaphor of Kalam, the scientist with an almost magical ability to bind people, especially children.... full review

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Review and views uncensored ...Anyone whose heart goes out to the urgent need for child literacy in the nation’s interior lands, should catch Kalam Jr asap. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...As a movie, I thought it started off beautifully with the Rajasthani folk music playing in the background which continued till the end. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The film is abundant with rich cinematography (Mohana Krishna), vibrant music (Sushmit Bose, Abhskek Ray; background score by Deepak Pandit), and clever sound design (Kaamod Kharade). ... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com ...Incidentally, the movie’s plot is written in a very simple language. ... full review

Thumbs up by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice ...There are so many rich emotional moments that will overwhelm you... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...A good flick.... full review

Thumbs up The Friday Freak ...There are just two songs in the movie, and both of them are not the singing around the garden type songs.... full review

Thumbs up by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...Kalam does not care about winning himself. He is confident. He knows he will reach his destination some day. And wants his best friend to win, whether it is a French test or a Hindi elocution contest in school.... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...inspirational, intelligent, topical and entertaining too... full review

Thumbs up by Shoma A Chatterji, Upper Stall ...Sanjoy Dasgupta’s production design specially of the bhatti and the room Haddi and Chhotu share with charpais scattered outside for the customers, the menu board, slogans announcing the excellence of Bhatti’s wonderful tea is excellent.... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...The dream in Chhotu’s eyes, who calls himself a reflection of Dr. Kalam, touches the right chords. ... full review