National Award winning child-actor Harsh Mayar recently met veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. The meeting was facilitated by the Smile Foundation, the producers of the film, I Am Kalam, which takes up the cause of getting an education for the underprivileged children.
Harsh, himself an underprivileged kid from a redevelopment cluster society in Delhi, plays the protagonist, Chottu, in the film. The film is based on the exploits of Chottu, a helper in the roadside dhabha, who watches APJ Abdul Kalam on television, and is inspired to be like him.
The normally talkative Harsh was just left stupefied by the aura of Mr. Bachchan, and was speechless when the superstar presented him his (Amitabh’s) biography with a note wishing him and the film all success.
Later Amitabh Bachchan wrote 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. Harsh is 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.”
I Am Kalam, releasing on August 5, also stars Gulshan Grover, Pitobash, Husaan Saad, Beatrice Ordeix and Namrata Dixit.