A special screening of I Am Kalam was organised by Smile Foundation at the Tihar Prison complex for the adolescent inmates last week. It was attended by the director general prisons Sri Neeraj Kumar IPS and more than 200 inmates. As part of the Jailhouse mantra of humanising prison walls, the authorities decided to screen the film to help open the minds of prisoners to the beauties and possibilities of life.
Nila Madhab Panda, the film’s director was given special treatment and appreciated for his work. Initially the director and young actor Harsh Mayar were apprehensive when they were invited since they had heard about the notoriety of the ‘mob culture’ in jails, but soon their doubts were laid to rest by the new perspectives on policing and life by the jail authorities. In fact Harsh was so upbeat that the talented kid danced and performed impromptu for the inmates as well.