The Chalachithra Film Society, Kerala, has awarded the Aravindan Puraskaram to Nila Madhab Panda as best debut filmmaker of 2010 for his acclaimed film I Am Kalam. The award, instituted in memory of renowned Malayalam filmmaker G Aravindan, carries a cash prize of Rs 25,000, a citation and a plaque.
A few days ago, in an event held in Goa, Panda’s debut film won the Young Jury Award 2010 for best film.
I Am Kalam is the story about a child’s struggle to pursue his dreams and to surpass the boundaries of reality. It is a celebration of the human spirit pitted against overwhelming odds.