Most Hindi movies are bad because they lack clarity of intent and execution. Nila Madhab Panda's 'I am Kalam' succeeds because it has its basics right. I would like to enumerate some points, that we already know but fail to consider while making our films, which are the reasons behind this little film's triumph:
- Create interesting characters. Do not try to make the audience pity them, rather give them some dynamic qualities that the audience will admire.
- Keep the story focused and moving, simply, without resorting to complications, but conflicts.
- Understand the scope of your film and work within your canvas with complete trust on your story.
- Do not preach, even if you have something meaningful to say. Try to keep things light and entertaining.
- Cast correctly.
- Camera angles and great shots do not necessarily make a good film. Aesthetic weakness can not ruin a film with a good script. Aesthetic brilliance can not save a film with a bad script.
- Do not take yourself too seriously. Humility is a desirable quality in a filmmaker.
- (And as Dr Kalam says) Never stop dreaming. If you believe in your film, you will be able to find the theatres despite the unfavourable mechanisms of this film industry.