Lady luck smiled on Harsh Mayar when he got selected for I AM KALAM, and the rest his history. Not only did he win the prestigious National award for the film, but I AM KALAM is turning out to be a movement towards getting an education for the underprivileged.
And surprise, surprise he got to meet the biggest Bollywood icon of all time, the ‘Shahenshah’ Amitabh Bachchan.
Smile foundation, the development agency, which has produced this well intentioned film had sent a letter to Mr. Bachchan with details about KforKalam movement to give an education to the underprivileged. And the unrivalled superstar was simply touched by the intent behind making this much awarded mainstream entertaining film which has received 13 international awards.
BIG B graciously obliged to meet the main protagonist of the film Harsh Mayar. And he was greatly impressed since it was a culmination of Harsh personal journey that runs parallel and reflects his character in the film Chottu/Kalam.
Harsh Mayar himself an underprivileged kid from a redevelopment cluster society in Delhi represents millions who aspire and hold Dr. Kalam as their role model. It’s about an ignited mind. He complimented Harsh for daring to dream big which also earned him the National Award.
The normally talkative Harsh was just left stupefied by the aura of Mr.Bachchan, and was speechless when the superstar presented him 2 books of his biography ‘ To Be or not to Be –Amitabh Bachchan, written by Khalid Mohammad with a note wishing him and the film all success.
Later in the night Amitabh Bachchan quoted on his blog:- “In office meeting up with that small little power house Harsh, the star of the film ” I am Kalam ” produced by the Smile Foundation that works tirelessly for the underprivileged, providing them with opportunities and hope for a better future .. to excel and achieve ..Harsh a confident alert and most vocal little fellow .. has won the National Award this year as the best child artist and now has travelled in to Mumbai from Delhi to meet me and then go back.. simply admire these qualities of amateurs finding their way into the industry and so savvy with all the necessary and required equipment for film”
Says Harsh “ I am just living a dream. Never have I ever dreamt that I would be meeting the biggest icon of the industry. I am Kalam is the wish fulfilment of all my dreams and the dreams of all underprivileged children to get an education. I thank Smile foundation for making it happen”
And though he has met the ultimate Shahenshah in Bollywood. Harsh has still not left hopes of meeting Salman Khan... remember his bhook hartal for Salman!!
*Brief note about the film:*
I AM KALAM is ‘Fable’ Like Narrative, of a prince and a pauper in the setting of Rajasthan palaces and locales, entertaining with universal appeal. ‘I AM KALAM’ starts with an inspiring line of APJ Abdul Kalam ‘Great Dreams of great dreamers are always transcendent’.
The story is about Chhotu who in spite of abject poverty has an inventive mind and a never say die spirit. It’s the story of the underdog, ‘Chottu’, a helper in the roadside dhabha, who watches APJ Abdul Kalam on TV, and is inspired to be like him. He is inspired by the fact that APJ Abdul Kalam distributed newspapers to pay off his fees and though his sheer grit and determination achieves his dreams
I AM KALAM is cinema that inspires!!