Chillar Party may boast of biggies like co-producer Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor as an item boy backing it, but Smile Foundation’s film, I Am Kalam has none other than the former Indian President Dr APJ Kalam as its inspiration.
The family entertainer has a social message and just like in the film, the lead child actor Harsh Mayar also has a story of grit and determination behind him.
Harsh, who lives in a small re-settlement colony in Delhi, was first rejected by the makers of Chillar Party because he was a misfit for the relatively urbane film. Needless to say, Harsh was disappointed by the rejection and returned to Delhi little knowing what was in store for him.
Soon after he got noticed for his natural talent and got selected to play the lead role in I Am Kalam. Not just that, he even met Kalam and complimented him on his hairstyle.
Like it’s said, it all happens for the best and being rejected for Chillar Party proved lucky for Harsh, since he won the National Award for the film in the child actor category! Chillar Party releases in July.