Tonight Gulshan Grover will be opening the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles with I Am Kalam. The film has already been recognized with a string of awards such as “The Don Quixote Prize” of the International Cine Club Federations, the Best Feature Film Award at the Lucas International film festival (Frankfurt), the Young Jury Award at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa, the Audience Choice Award at the London International Children’s Film Festival, the Best Actor Work award at the Minsk Film Festival, Aravindan Puraskaram for best debut film-maker 2010, the International Jury’s Special Mentions at the Cinekid International Film Festival (Amsterdam) and the Ale Kino Film Festival in Poznan (Poland).
Acclaimed actor Gulshan Grover plays a prince who befriends a poor young boy and helps him get an education in I am Kalam, but in real life he is a prince for animals through his work with PETA India.
“This PETA India ad starring Grover refers to the barbaric animal transport methods used in India’s leather trade. Cows are crammed into tiny trucks so tightly that they suffer injuries or are forced to walk through the heat and dust for days without food or water. Many of them collapse. To keep sick and injured cows moving, handlers twist the animals’ tails until they break or rub chili peppers into their eyes. All this occurs before they are skinned and dismembered, sometimes while still conscious.” http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/default.aspx