I Am Kalam is about an inventive child from a very poor family, who does not let grim circumstances ruin him. He starts working in a small road-side food stall during day to support his poverty-stricken family. In the meantime, he reads books in the evening with an aim to get education and become somebody in the future.
On one fine day, the boy happens to meet the local prince. He was captivated by the neck tie of the prince. In the meantime, the prince is also aback by the way the boy has tamed a camel. Interestingly, they became friends despite all the social barriers.
The boy then decided to change his future once and for all after hearing a speech by Dr. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India. He is inspired by the former president, because like him, he also became a great person in spite of going through lots of hardships in his childhood. He decided to change his name from Chhotu to Kalam with an aim to become a hero oneday. As luck has it, the prince, with whom he shares thick friendship, helps him out in realising his dream.