I AM KALAM KICKS OFF THE INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES
Posted by Vivek on April 13, 2011 | No Comments
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), the finest amongst the Indian festivals globally, with its unique perspective of mixing business and art, kicked off events, with a screening of I Am Kalam, at the Archlight Cinemas in Hollywood. The event was inaugurated by the Executive Director, Christina Marouda and the Chairperson, Arnold Peter, on Tue, April 12,2011.
The director of the film, Nila Madhab Panda, expressed his gratitude to Bollywood actor, Gulshan Grover for agreeing to be a part of the film, despite it being a very tight budget movie. Gulshan in turn responded that he was proud to be associated with this film, which had actually been produced by a NGO (Not For Profit), based out of India.
About the film:
India’s former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s rise to the helm of affairs in India, was seen by many as hope for the common person. His emphasis on education and on action as opposed to acceptance of fate, was co incidental to India’s emergence as a nation of economic clout.
This is coupled with the fact that until very recently, India has struggled with “education for all.” That is the message of I AM KALAM, however, this is not a message based film. Rather it is an entertaining perspective seen from the eyes of a child.
The film has an even pace and a solid storytelling and never takes itself too seriously, but still manages to put a serious issue across the viewer. Fine directing by first time feature director, Nila Panda and balanced acting by Gulshan Grover, who keeps a curb on the typical Bollywood histrionics and yet manages to get the attention of the viewer, along with some very solid performances by Harsh Mayar and the rest of the cast, are the highlights of this “feel good” drama.
The photography of the desert and authenticity of the characters and of present day hinterland India, as depicted by Rajasthan, are the other strong points of this film.