I AM is a Hindi feature film that consists 4 different stories. This film has been produced by the actor producer Sanjay Suri who has produced films such as MY BROTHER NIKHIL, SORRY BHAI etc in the past.
Story : Since there are four stories in this film all stories need to be told separately.
The story 'I AM AFIA' is the story of a lady who doesn't want to deliver a baby in traditional way that is she doesn't want to marry to a man to get a child. Usually when a couple is unable to have a child in natural way doctors suggest them to have child through insemination process. But in this case it's different. Nandita Das, who is in the main role of this story, wants to have child through artificial insemination and for this reason she finds Purab Kohli suitable as sperm donor.
Review: Just to prove that you are different women is no going to work. Well, people would accept this if you had a valid reason but just for this sake people are hardly going to digest this story; except a few. So it makes no sense in making such story even though it is based on a true incident. If you want to prove yourself different you need to do brave deed like Jahnsi Ki Raani or dedicate yourself like Mother Teressa or do something like Kiran Bedi. These women are known for their special qualities which make them different.
'I AM MEGHA' is another story in which Juhi Chawala plays the role of the protagonist along with Manisha Koirala. This story portrays what happened in Kashmir with Kashmiri Pandits and what is happening now; which you every now and then hear or watch in news. This film states how Kashmiri Pandits were/are treated there.
Review: Though this story is the best story among all four; it too fails to entertain you and appears like a documentary. However, due to Juhi Chawala and Manisha Koirala you would like to watch the story.
'I AM ABHIMANYU' is another story on the issue of sexual abuse of a child. This story shows that Sanjay Suri was sexually exploited by his step father when he was a child and now after the death of his father he reveals the fact to his mother. The role of the step father is played by Anurag Kashyap.
Review: There are bitter true stories that have taken place in the society such as children sexually abused in holy places; ashrams etc and some foreigners were recently arrested for this also. But instead of choosing those stories why pick up such stories?
'I AM OMAR' is one of the worst stories of this film. Jai (Rahul Bose) and Omar (Arjun Mathur) have played the roles of two gays. They indulge into sexual act in a vechile because their house is occupied with other members. Eventually they are caught by police performing the act and they are blackmailed.
Review: Well, police officials, who are corrupt, take bribes and blackmail you even if they catch you for breaking traffic rules or for hitting anybody. Whereas honest police officials do not indulge in such act and arrest the culprits. Such stories appear good in documentaries; not in feature films. You should have sympathy with gays and you should do something good for gays but such stories presented on screen are hardly going to work.
Performance : The only thing that could be appreciated is the performance of the actors. Juhi Chawala has done superb acting and at this age also looks beautiful. Even Manisha Koirala has justified the role of a Muslim girl brilliantly.
Anurag Kashyap is also excellent in his role. The acting of Sanjay Suri would also impress you.
Music : Such films don't require songs or music so you should not expect good songs from this movie.
Script : Script is written well but it was not meant for feature film when you are asking help from others to finance the film.
Direction : Direction by Onir is good and he could do well in future if he chooses the right subject.
Minus Points : The film portrays all serious stuff which you see everyday in TV shows like Sansani, Vaardaat etc. Those stories are more thrilling and eye opener. This film contains too much exposure and adult matter hence it is given adult certificate by the censor board. Despite that it is not meant for all adults. Only a limited class may like this film.
Conclusion : Commercially there is nothing in this film that could entertain you. Subject like NO ONE KILLED JESICA was something that inspires you to do something but this film would just tell you some true incidents which you watch everyday on your TV channels. This film can get awards but can hardly get audience and business.
The only special thing about this film is that the producer was not having sufficient finance to produce the film hence he applied a brilliant idea. He invited others on facebook and nearly 400 people from all over the world came forward with helping hand and thus the film was financed.
Verdict : If you want to watch unique stories (which are not entertaining) you can go for it otherwise it is better you watch this alone after some weeks at home on Video (after its video release).