Cast: Rahul Bose, Aditi Inamdar, Dhritiman Chatterjee
Director: Rahul Bose
Producers: Amit Patni, Rahul Bose
Writer: Prashant Pandey, Shreya Dev
What's Yay: Performances, Story
What's Nay: The makers could have focussed a
bitmore on Poorna's struggle on the snow-clad mountains to
complete the Everest expedition.
Iconic Moment: There is a scene in the film
where Poorna and her school friends play a game where each
describes how they are the poorest of all. While you grin at the
girls' innocence, the irony of stark reality laughs upon
Poorna is inspired by the real-life story of a 13 year old
tribal girl, Poorna Malavath from Telangana who became the youngest
girl in history to scale Mount Everest on 25th May, 2014.
Set in Pakala village, Poorna played by Aditi Inamdaar shares a
special bond with her cousin Priya (S. Mariya). The duo dream of
better education and food amidst their poverty-ridden living and
plan to run away to the Social Welfare School which promises to
provide them these 'so-called' luxury. Unfortunately, things go
awry as Priya's father catches them red-handed while they are about
to elope. He marries off Priya while Poorna somehow coaxes her
father to get her admitted to the Social Welfare School.
However there, soon she realises that life has something bigger
in store for her when she meets Dr. RS Praveen Kumar (Rahul Bose)
who helps her in discovering her true innercalling.
Poorna isn't just a film! It's a mirror to the harsh realities
of the society. At the same time, it talks about how hope prevails
and how one's destiny can be changed with grit, determination and
strong will-power. The film touches upon various topics like early
marriages, corruption and social discrimination with subtlety but
nowhere does it get preachy about it.
Kudos to Rahul Bose for picking up an inspiring story that may
be not known to many and translating it on-screen with sheer
beauty! The only grouse is that Poorna has some lines in Telugu
interspersed with Hindi that seems a tad odd. Also the makers
choose to explore Poorna's personal world more than her
mountaineering expedition which might come across as a
disappointment for those who were expecting to see more of the
young girl's battle with the obstacles while climbing Mount
What works in Poorna's favour is heartfelt performances and taut
Aditi Inamdaar and S.Mariya sparkle in each and every frame and
win you over with their impressive act. They tug your heartstrings
with an array of emotions and leave you asking for some
Rahul Bose gives a restrained performance but that's exactly
what the script demands out of him as he takes a backseat and lets
the girls steal away the show. The rest of the cast lend ample
support to the film.
Poorna has a simplistic approach as far as story-telling is
concerned and majorly plays on building moments instead.
Subransu beautifully captures the rusticness of the rural
lanscape as well as the scenic locations of snow-clad mountains on
his lens. Manan Mehta's editing works in the favour of the
Salim-Sulaiman's music blends seamlessly in the narrative and
adds more value to the film. Poori Qayanaat and Kuch Parbat
Hilaayein are our picks from the soundtrack album.
Poorna has its heart in the right place. It's like that comfort
food which warms you up on days when things go low. Go for it if
you are looking out for some extraordinary stories of ordinary