Events
Smile Foundation hosts the Grand Premiere of ‘I am Kalam’in Mumbai August 3rd 2011

Smile Foundation’s ‘I AM Kalam’ was premiered at Cinemax,  Versova on August 3rd. Present for the premiere were the director Nila Madhab Panda, producer Santanu Mishra, associate producer Jitendra Mishra and the lead cast of the film  including national award winner Harsh Mayar, actor Gulshan Grover, Husaan Saad, Pitobash, Beatrice, Garima and Namrata Dixit. Also, present were MTV executive producer Raghu Ram,MTV VJ Ayushman and Siddharth, actor Vaishali Desai, actor Aditya Singh Rajput, child actor Darsheel Safari, actor Javed Jaffrey, singer Papun, actor Shama Sikandar, comedian Raju Srivastava, actor Vinay Pathak, actor Amit Behl and singer and actor Ila Arun  After acclaiming immense success internationally, the film has also set a wave of positive response from Bollywood. It was highly appreciated by the entire premiere audience and has been recommended as a MUST WATCH. The film’s narrative, simple characters and deep rooted social message focusing on the need to education for all has won the hearts of the viewers at the premiere. Let’s hope it wins hearts of all at the theatrical release.

The Real Kalam meets the Reel Kalam July 28, 2011

Smile Foundation’s I am Kalam was specially screened for the former Indian President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, at his Delhi residence. Producer Santanu Mishra, director Nila Madhab Panda along with the two little heroes of the film Harsh Mayar and Husaan Saad had gone to Dr. Kalam’s residence to screen the film for him and also take his blessings, now that the film is ready for a nationwide theatrical release. Impressed after watching the promo of the film, Dr. Kalam stated “While watching the film, some thoughts went in my mind that I have met 12 million youth in a decade from all over the country. The movie made me realise that every person can make changes in others lives. We should promote education in villages. I have started PURA (Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas) scheme). We need to create employment to parents so that they can send their children to school. I ask myself, 'What have I learnt?' I have realised one thing that children are a big force. The ignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource on the earth, above the earth and below the earth. We have got 600 million youth, no other democratic country has got this. If you have great aim in life and acquire the knowledge, it does not matter who you are you will reach your goal. Urban education is not enough, good education must reach remote villages. The recent right to education bill that Parliament has passed for compulsory free education is not sufficient. We need good primary teachers because he will create a creative classroom. My aim to become a space scientist came when I was a 10-year-old child in British India of 1941. I was studying in a panchayat school. I remember my science teacher Shiv Subramani Aiyar and he once taught us about how the birds fly. He even took us to sea shore to show us how they flew and changed the direction. This is where my dream was born. I knew that I will do something related to flight. I took physics, learnt about aeronautics engineer and space scientist. And my teacher is my idol.”

Special Preview for the Garden City – Bangalore July 25, 2011

A pre-look of I am Kalam was unveiled for the city of Bangalore. The films trailers and music were previewed specially during this event. Present for the occasion were director Nila Madhab Panda and the entire cast. Also present was Mr. Abhra Banerjee, Vice President Marketing, Century Ply who are the presenting partner for this film. Lead actor and now National Award winner Harsh Mayar gave an impromptu dance, singing and acting performance. This was highly appreciated and like by all present for the event and it has again been proved why this ‘Special’ talent is rated so highly in the film fraternity.

Little Kalam meets the Shahenshah Amitabh Bacchan July 19, 2011

After having met the who’s who of Bollywood so far, little Kalam of I am Kalam, Harsh Mayar, finally met the Shahenshah of Bollywood himself. Harsh met Mr. Bacchan at his workplace – Janak. He heard the story of film from little Harsh and congratulated him for winning the National Award for his extraordinary performance. As a token of love and regard Mr. Bacchan gifted Harsh with two autographed biographies of him. And as a kind gesture for the entire I am Kalam team, blogged and tweeted about the film for his fans and followers. Little Harsh in turn, also took a congratulations greeting card for him wishing him great happiness for his soon to arrive grandchild.

'I am Kalam' sets off on a nationwide tour July 07, 2011

Smile Foundation’s I am Kalam slated for a nationwide theatrical release on August 05, set off on a nationwide tour. Centuryply, the market leader of the plywood & veneer industry in India, is the presenting partner of the film and flagged off the tour at the City of Joy, the cultural epicenter of the country – Kolkata. Commencing in Kolkata 'I am Kalam' will further travel to Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Delhi and Mumbai. This pre-release 5 city tour is purposed to sensitize the opinion makers of all the cities about the important message of ‘Compulsory Education for Children’ that I' am Kalam' conveys. Since opinion makers have great influence on the masses, turning them into individual representatives of the cause would progressively result in mass sensitization; the main objective of this award winning feature film. Present for the Kolkata tour were the entire cast of 'I am Kalam' including actors Gulshan Grover, 58th National Award winner Harsh Mayar, Pitobash Tripathy, Husaan Saad, Garima and Beatrice Ordeix. Also present at the event were director Nila Madhab Panda, and associate producer Jitendra Mishra.

I am Kalam hosts its first ever preview for Mumbai

I am Kalam hosts its first ever preview for Mumbai Smile Foundation proudly celebrated and unveiled, a brief special preview of the film \"I Am Kalam\"; for the media at Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu, Mumbai. Smile Foundation also showcased the fresh new look of the posters and the trailors of the film, besides introducing brief details on the \"I AM KALAM movement; post the release of the internationally acclaimed film. Along with director Nila Madhab Panda, producer Santanu Mishra, associate producer Jitendra Mishra and entire star cast of the film, present for the occasion were noted celebs like singer and music director Shankar Mahadevan, choreographer and director Remo D\'souza, actor Jacky Bhagnani, MTV reality show producer Raghu Ram, MTV VJ Ayushman Khuranna, MTV VJ Siddharth, actor Roshni Chopra, actor and singer Ila Arun and many more industry biggies. All the people present for the occasion signed pledges for Smile Foundation’s I am Kalam movement and this is how the event was brought to a close. Smile Foundation will be reaching out to 1000 schools and 200 corporates with the I am Kalam movement post the release of the film. With this movement Smile Foundation aims at sensitizing 10Lac children directly and a population of 30L ac indirectly.

 
Update
10th MAX Stardust Award for I am Kalam

The journey of appreciation for Smile Foundation’s I Am Kalam continues as the film won 10th Max Stardust Award for Best Actor in the Search Light category. Gulshan Grover who played the role of Bhatti the dhaba owner in the movie won the Best Actors award for his outstanding performance in his role. I am Kalam so far has won 19 national and international awards including the National Award and FILMFARE Award. The accolades and appreciation I am Kalam has received from the world over proves that the objective Smile Foundation had conceptualized I am Kalam with, has reached out to the people around the world and has gained the attention for the cause of Sending every child to school. The Stardust Awards is an annual award ceremony to celebrate new talent in the industry as well as congratulating the current stars. This award first began in 2003, by the annual Stardust movie Magazine.

 

57th Filmfare Award for I am Kalam (Mumbai, January 29, 2012)

The 18th feather on the cap! The Filmfare Award!

After winning 17 prestigious awards, Smile Foundation’s I am Kalam has won the Filmfare Award for being the Best Story of the year. The acclaims and accomplishments the film has received so far have been primarily because of the cause it propagates – children’s right to education and freedom from illiteracy. The film’s success proves that the cause of children and their education brings together people across the globe irrespective of their age, gender, taste and ethnicity.

This is the 57th year of the awards and is often referred to as Hindi film industry’s equivalent to the Oscars. The award is presented annually by the Times of India Group to honour both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the Hindi film industry. The Filmfare ceremony is one of the oldest and most prominent film events given for Hindi films in India. The awards were first introduced in 1954, the same year as the National Film Awards.

 

I am Kalam has so far won the

•   58th National Award for Best Actor in the Child Artiste Category
•   Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
•   Best Children’s Feature Film Award at CMS International Film Festival, Lucknow
•   Best feature film in the Lucas International Film Festival 2010
•   Best Feature Film at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
•   Don Quixote Prize of the International Cine Club Federations in Germany2010
•   Young Jury award at the International Film Festival of India in Goa 2010
•   “Audience Favorite” Award at the Barbican London Children’s Film Festival Award 2010
•   Best Feature Film at the Silent River Film Festival 2011, California
•   Best Screenplay at the 17th International Children’s Film Festival, Hyderabad (by Children’s Film Society of India)
•   Best Child Actor at the Silent River Film Festival 2011, California
•   Best Director at the Silent River Film Festival 2011, California
•   Special Diploma for the Best Actor Work at Minsk International Film Festival Listapadzik 2010
•   Best Debutant Director Award at the Chalachitra Film Society, Kerela 2010
•   People’s Choice Award at the Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (MICFF) 2011
•   Special Mention at the Cinekid International Film Festival in Amsterdam 2010
•   Special Mention at the Ale Kino International Film Festival in Poland 2010

 

I am Kalam nominated in 18th Annual Screen Awards

I am Kalam has been nominated in the categories of Best Child Actor, Best Debutante Director and Best Story in the 18th Annual Screen Awards. I am Kalam is competing with big banner films like Ra.One, Delhi Belly, Yeh Saali Zindagi and Dhobi Ghaat. With protagonist Harsh Mayar having won the 58th National Award for the Best Child Artiste and director Nila Madhab Panda having the prestigious Aravindan Puraskaram already, the whole cast and crew is hopeful that the film will come out as a winner in all the three categories. The film has already won 18 national and international awards.

St. Xavier’s Kolkata – the new ones joining the Kalam drive! August 12, 2011

The newest member of the I am Kalam movement is St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. A sensitization drive was conducted where the students were showed a screener of the film and a quiz, based on the film was conducted. The quiz became quite a hit and all the students present there were very enthusiastic about joining the drive of Kalam and to begin with, they all joined Kalam on the facebook page www.facebook.com/kforkalam 

IIM Kolkata also joins Smile Foundation’s I am Kalam movement August 12, 2011

After IIM Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Indore, IIM Kolkata has also joined Smile Foundation’s I am Kalam movement. Smile Foundation has initiated a movement of “Sending Every Child to School” and is sensitizing children, the youth and the civil society at large about this movement with its film I am Kalam. Smile Foundation will be taking this movement to 100 leading colleges and institutes and 2500 leading schools across India to ensure mass participation and sensitization. After a special promo screening of the film, a quiz related to the film was conducted and I am Kalam goodies were given to winners. A slogan writing competition based on child labour and mandatory child education was also conducted. This sensitization drive was closed with all the students signing of pledges for the cause of Sending Every Child to School.

NISS IIT Delhi also joins the Kalam drive! August 08, 2011

I am Kalam’s national youth drive has proved to a major hit. Leading colleges, management and technical institutes across the country are joining the Kalam drive and this time it was students of NISS IIT Delhi. On the 8th of August, I am Kalam reached the NISS IIT Delhi campus for a special promo screening of the film. This was followed by a group discussion about the ways to fight the grave issue of Child Labour in the country.  Also an IAK quiz was conducted for the students and was participated by all. This sensitization campaign was also adorned with signing of pledges for the cause of Sending Every Child o School.

IIT Kharagpur joins Smile Foundation’s I am Kalam movement August 05, 2011

IIT Kharagpur has also joined Smile Foundation’s I am Kalam movement. Smile Foundation has initiated a movement of “Sending Every Child to School” and is sensitizing children, the youth and the civil society at large about this movement with its film I am Kalam. Smile Foundation will be taking this movement to 100 leading colleges and institutes and 1000 leading schools across India to ensure mass participation and sensitization. After a special promo screening of the film, a quiz related to the film was conducted and I am Kalam goodies were given to winners. A slogan writing competition based on child labour and mandatory child education was also conducted. This sensitization drive with IIT Kharagpur was closed with all the students signing of pledges for the cause of Sending Every Child to School.

NIFT Delhi joins the Kalam drive! July 29, 2011

National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, is the newest member of the Kalam drive. A sensitization drive was conducted where the students were showed a screener of the film and a quiz was based on the film was conducted. A Tie the Tie contest was also conducted that became quite a hit. All the students were very enthusiastic about joining the drive of Kalam and to begin with, they all joined Kalam on the facebook page www.facebook.com/kforkalam  All the students also wrote slogans for the cause that “Every Child should go to School”.

IMT Ghaziabad is the next one to join the Kalam drive! July 26 2011

The next member for the Kalam drive is IMT Ghaziabad. A sensitization drive was conducted where a special screening was done for the students in the IMT Ghaziabad campus. After the screening a session was conducted wherein groups of students came forward and put forth their take on how child labour can be eradicated and education can be encouraged. Among fun activities were a quiz related to the film and a Tie the Tie contest that was thoroughly enjoyed and actively participated by the students. The drive was brought to a close with all the students signing a pledge for the cause of Sending Every Child to School.

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies is the newest member of the Kalam drive! July 26, 2011

I am Kalam’s national youth drive has proved to a major hit. NMIMS is the newest member to have joined the Kalam drive. On the 26th of July, I am Kalam reached the NMIMS campus for a special promo screening of the film. This was followed by a group discussion about the ways to fight the grave issue of Child Labour in the country.  Also an IAK quiz was conducted for the students and was participated by all. This sensitization campaign was also adorned with signing of pledges for the cause of Sending Every Child o School.

Indus World School conducts mega science fair in Raipur to support the Kalam movement

DPS Raipur joins the I am Kalam movement

1800 school children in Baroda waiting eagerly at the theatre for the film to begin

Vivekananda Mission School, Haldia, cheers for the I am Kalam movement

Haryana Vidya Mandir, Kolkata, joins hands with Smile Foundation or the I am Kalam movement


DPS Kalinga joins the movement of I am Kalam

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Haldia, participates in the I am Kalam movement

Smile Foundation’s partner NGOs also do their bit to promote I am Kalam’s message


I am Kalam and its message to Send Every Child To Child to School is also being promoted by Smile Foundation’s partner NGOs along with schools and colleges across the country.

The Mission Education projects of Smile Foundation has been doing a month long activity around the film’s message in order to give the children beneficiaries an opportunity to know about the Former Indian President, the importance of education, their right to go to school and daring to dream the impossible and become big in life. Regular science exhibitions, drawing competitions, etc based on an I am Kalam theme were conducted at all the Mission Education project centres so that the message in the film also percolates down to the children from the marginalized sections and eventually to their families too.

I am Kalam among top 150 Bollywood films of all times

I am Kalam has been rated as one of the top 150 films of all times on IMDb or Internet Movie Database. IMDb is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of information on movies, television and celebrities. It is also the biggest, best and most award-winning movie site in the world. Other movies, both old and new, which are also on the list are Anand, Black, Chandni Bar, Dev D, Dor, Devdas, Fashion, Hazaron Khawhishein Aisi, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Lagaan, Tare Zameen Par, Mera Naam Joker, Mother India and Mughal-E-Azam. I am Kalam has received a rating of 7.9 and can be seen on the following link http://www.imdb.com/list/LyqjLP662SI/?start=1&view=detail&sort=title:asc&scb=0.6524486446287483

Jamnalal Bajaj joins Smile Foundation’s I am Kalam movement July 26, 2011

Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, has also joined Smile Foundation’s I am Kalam movement. Smile Foundation has initiated a movement of “Sending Every Child to School” and is sensitizing children, the youth and the civil society at large about this movement with its film I am Kalam. Smile Foundation will be taking this movement to 100 leading colleges and institutes and 1000 leading schools across India to ensure mass participation and sensitization. After a special promo screening of the film, a quiz related to the film was conducted and I am Kalam goodies were given to winners. A slogan writing competition based on child labour and mandatory child education was also conducted. This sensitization drive with Jamnalal Bajaj was closed with all the students signing of pledges for the cause of Sending Every Child to School.

Laptan screens film for FTII Pune July 26, 2011

Pitobash Tripathy who plays the role of Laptan in I am Kalam initiated the screening of the film in the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Pitobash is an ex-alumnus of FTII and took this initiative to ensure that the faculty, management and students of the prestigious institute watch this film which deals with such an important social issue. Besides speaking about his wonderful experience of the film, Pitobash also addressed issues of education and child labour to all the people present for the screening

XISS Ranchi joins Smile Foundation’s I am Kalam movement July 16, 2011

Xavier’s Institute of Social Studies, Ranchi, has also joined Smile Foundation’s I am Kalam movement. Smile Foundation has initiated a movement of “Sending Every Child to School” and is sensitizing children, the youth and the civil society at large about this movement with its film I am Kalam. Smile Foundation will be taking this movement to 100 leading colleges and institutes and 1000 leading schools across India to ensure mass participation and sensitization. After a special promo screening of the film, a quiz related to the film was conducted and I am Kalam goodies were given to winners. A slogan writing competition based on child labour and mandatory child education was also conducted. This sensitization drive with XISS was closed with all the students signing of pledges for the cause of Sending Every Child o School.

FMS Delhi pledges for the I am Kalam drive July 11, 2011

Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi has also joined I am Kalam’s national youth drive. I am Kalam reached the premium management institute on the 11th of July and saw a mass participation from all the students. After a special promo screening of the film, a quiz related to the film was conducted and I am Kalam goodies were given to winners. A slogan writing competition based on child labour and mandatory child education was also conducted. “Tie a Tie” activity that was done with the students also turned out to be a major hit. This sensitization drive with FMS was closed with all the students signing of pledges for the cause of Sending Every Child o School.

Third IIM newest member of the Kalam drive! July 08, 2011

I am Kalam\'s national youth drive has proved to a major hit, especially with the students at the IIMs. After Ahmedabad and Indore, IIM Lucknow is the third IIM to have joined the Kalam drive. On the 8th of July, I am Kalam reached IIM Lucknow for a special promo screening of the film. This was followed by a group discussion about the ways to fight the grave issue of Child Labour in the country.  Also an IAK quiz was conducted for the students and was participated by all. This sensitization campaign was also adorned with signing of pledges for the cause of Sending Every Child o School.

IIM Indore – the latest joinees of the Kalam drive! July 06, 2011

I am Kalam is on a national youth drive. On the 6th of July, Kalam reached IIM, Indore. The students enthusiastically participated in the I am Kalam drive. After a special promo screening, the students had a group discussion about the ways to fight the grave issue of Child Labour in the country.  Also an IAK quiz was conducted for the students and was participated by all.

BBCIT Hyderabad – the new ones joining the Kalam drive! July 04 2011

The newest member of the I am Kalam movement is BBCIT Hyderabad. A sensitization drive was conducted where the students were showed a screener of the film and a quiz was based on the film was conducted. The quiz became quite a hit and all the students present there were very enthusiastic about joining the drive of Kalam and to begin with, they all joined Kalam on the facebook page www.facebook.com/kforkalam

Film screened specially for the Mumbai Dabbawalas July 03, 2011

I am Kalam was specially screened for the Dabbawala Sangathan of Mumbai.  Actor Pitobash Tripathy, who plays the character of Laptan in the film, was present for the screening. The President of the Dabbawala Sangathan, Yamuna Sakaram Ghule, who was also present for the screening said “It is a very good film. It was a very nice gesture of Smile Foundation to screen the film for us. We have been made to feel really special. And on behalf of the entire family I wish this film and Smile Foundation best of luck

Kalam reaches 300 school goers in UK June 29, 2011

I am Kalam was screened for 300 school goers in UK at the Model United Nations Summit. After the screening the students were made aware of all the Millennium Development Goals and how they are affecting the slum communities in India. They were also given insights of the main issues in the developing country like India and how Smile Foundation is working towards achieving these Millennium Development Goals.

Future Leaders at IIM Ahmedabad join the Kalam drive! June 26, 2011

I am Kalam is on a national youth drive. On the 26th of June, Kalam reached IIM, Ahmedabad. The participation and interaction of the students was as magnificent as the campus. A special promo screening was organised for the students there, followed by an IAK quiz. A group discussion was also conducted post this, wherein different student groups came forward with solutions to fight the grave issue of Child Labour in the country.

Special Screening in LA for Hollywood Bigwigs June 21, 2011

A series of special screenings starting June 21st 2011 has been organised by the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Smile Foundation. Gulshan Grover had to leave the premiere of his other film and had to rush to Los Angeles so he could join his friends and colleagues for the screenings.

NRAI School of Mass Communication, Management and Technology joins I am Kalam drive! June 14, 2011

A sensitization drive was conducted where the students were showed a screener of the film and a quiz was based on the film was conducted. The quiz became quite a hit and all the students present there were very enthusiastic about joining the drive of Kalam and to begin with, they all joined Kalam on the facebook page www.facebook.com/kforkalam 

Harsh celebrates his success with children from Smile Foundation June 09, 2011

Harsh Mayar, after winning 58th National Award for his performance as Chhotu in I am Kalam, travelled to Lucknow for celebrating the success of the film with underprivileged children of Smile Foundation. He also gave a First Look of the film for these children. 

Polish students join Kalam's drive June 06, 2011

A special promo screening of the film was done for a student’s group in Poland. The screening generated great enthusiasm among all the people present for the screening. This enthusiasm led to serious discussions on the issues of child labour and lack of child education in many countries across the globe and the ways to deal with it.

Nucleus Software pledges for I am Kalam June 03, 2011

I am Kalam was screened for 1200 employees of Nucleus Software, NOIDA. All the people were very enthusiastic about the film’s theatrical release, so they could watch the film along with their friends and family. They also took a pledge to support underprivileged children – like Chhotu – and help brightening their future.

I am Kalam a super hit at the Habitat Film Festival May 22, 2011

After participating in over 25 International Film Festivals across the globe, Smile Foundation’s I am Kalam was finally screened for the Delhi audience at the prestigious Habitat Film Festival. The Habitat Film Festival is a weeklong extravaganza of films from across the country.

Harsh Mayar wins 58th National Award May 19, 2011

Harsh Mayar, has won the National Award for his exemplary performance as Chhotu in I am Kalam. He won the award as the Best Child Artiste. With this the film now has 12 awards to its credit. Harsh has also been awarded with a Special Diploma for Best Actor Work at the Minsk International Film Festival Listapadzik.

I Am Kalam to be screened for British Royal family April 18, 2011

After becoming a huge hit at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, and winning the Audience Choice Award for the Best Feature Film, Prince Charles, has expressed keen interest in watching the film and has requested a special screening to be done at the Buckingham Palace. Gulshan Grover, who acts in the film had discussed the film with him.

I am Kalam wins Audience Choice Award at IFFLA

I am Kalam opened this year’s Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and became a huge hit with the audience. Actor Gulshan Grover and director Nila Madhab Panda had travelled to Los Angeles for the festival. The film was awarded the Best Feature Film by Audience Choice after the tremendous reaction it got. This is the 11 award the film has won

Best Feature Film at CMS International Children’s Film Festival, Lucknow April 12, 2011

I am Kalam has been awarded the Best Feature Film, in the children’s category, at the CMS International Film Festival, Lucknow. This is the 10th award for the film.

Director Nila Madhab Panda wins Aravindan Puraskaram March 06, 2011

The prestigious Aravindan Puraskaram (Best Debut Director award) of the Chalachitra Film Society, has been awarded to director Nila Madhab Panda for his extraordinary work in I am Kalam. The film is a feature debut of Madhab who had has to his credit over 60 documentaries, shorts, television drama and films for national broadcasters.

I am Kalam wins hearts and accolades at IFFI Goa November 25, 2010

I am Kalam was screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa. The film has received great response from the audience and the media present at the film festival. The film was awarded the Best Feature Film by the Young Jury at the festival.

First Look of I am Kalam in Delhi November 12, 2010

Smile Foundation showcased the first look of I am Kalam in a press conference held at the Press Club of India in New Delhi. Present for the First Look were director Nila Madhab Panda and the star cast including Gulshan Grover, Harsh Mayar, Husaad Saad and Beatrice Ordeix.