“We came across one of the most inspiring men we've ever met, Mr. Ramanlal Hiralal Firodia- a 67 year old man who taught us a lot more than just making a film about him. By the end of it I had realized that this film has to be completed in the given time not just because of our hard work and efforts but more importantly as a tribute to our hero, Mr. Ramanlal Hiralal Firodia and his day to day heroic struggle to survive. After the film was sent, we were still in touch with him and visited him a couple of times and are trying our best to help him in whatever way we can.”
Being an FTII student, Pooraj Kapoor had already worked on multiple film projects and assisted his seniors on many short films. As he recollected that this being his first competition, he never knew while signing up that it will change things so much for him and his other team mates.
On August 15, 2014, at 6 am in the morning, Pooraj and his team were given the topic of elderly care and they zeroed in on an old age home as the subject of their short film. The team then started looking for subjects on the streets of Pune and there they found someone who went on to change their lives forever - Mr. Ramanlal Hiralal Firodia, a 67 year old incense seller who has not let polio affect him and today looks after himself and his old parents .
In the beginning, it was just like a documentary subject for them and nothing more than that. Roshan Yelathi, another team member warmly recollected that the very next morning, they reached his place and were really over whelmed to see that he was the only earning member of his family and looked after his parents who were 83 and 91 years old. Then then took his interview and spoke to his parents as well.
Post his experience with YES! i am the CHANGE, Pooraj Kapoor started working on a documentary on environmental sustainability. He was also featured on National Geographic from April, 2014 onwards as part of a photography contest. As a filmmaker, he feels that the project made him realize the responsibilities that film makers have towards society.