A film true to its purpose, Poorna is authentic and awe-inspiring.
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We all love underdogs who evoke a sense of victory in us! Poorna Malavath’s journey embodies the essence of conquering your fear, realizing your true potential and overcoming obstacles that amount to scaling Mount Everest. Literally. Let’s not forget her compatriot Sandhana Palli Anand Kumar who joined her on this mountainous climb.
The writers, Prashant Pandey and Shreya Dev Verma, wonderfully weave the true story of this mere-means girl from Telangana who went on to become the youngest girl to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. Supporting the story are immersive musical scores by Salim – Sulaiman that keep you engrossed through the film’s taut runtime.
Rahul Bose is as comfortable in front of the camera as he is behind it. Returning to a directorial role after 16 years, Bose strongholds his sensibility of cinema alongside two delightful newcomers Aditi Inamdar (Poorna) and S.Mariya (her cousin). Keeping the narrative simple and soulful, he graciously essays the role of mentor and facilitator Dr. R S Praveen Kumar.
With a regular rural backdrop in check, Bose wisely channels Inamdar’s innocence and naiveté along with Mariya’s rugged charm. Strong supporting acts from Dhritiman Chatterjee, Heeba Shah and Gyanendra Tripathi give the film ample gravitas. The occasional use of Telugu (sans subtitiles) is the only minor grouch – but it doesn’t detract from the film’s overall impact.
Undeterred by norm and a film true to its purpose, Poorna stays authentic and awe-inspiring! At the tender age of 13, Poorna Malavath empowered the minds of many, even the most marginalised. Her story deserves be told, heard and watched.
-Varun Kumar | Enterapped
Mount Everest’s summit stands at a towering 29,029 feet.
Director – Rahul Bose
Cast – Aditi Inamdar, S. Mariya, Rahul Bose, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Heeba Shah, Gyanendra Tripathi, Arif Zakaria