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Review: Poorna

Banners: PVR Pictures, Rahul Bose Productions

Producers: Amit Patni, Rahul Bose

Director: Rahul Bose

Cast: Aditi Inamdar, Rahul Bose, Heeba Shah, Dhritiman Chatterjee, S Mariya, Harsha Vardhan, Gyanendra Tripathi, Manoj Kumar, Rayala Harischandra, Lakshmi Kola, Arif Zakaria

Writers: Prashant Pandey, Shreya Dev Verma

Music: Salim–Sulaiman

Apart from its sheer authenticity and convincing portrayal of the life of Poorna Malavath , the world’s youngest girl to have reached the summit of Everest, this film reaches for your heart and connects with you immediately. It is deeply moving and a big-hearted, wholesome experience.

The inability to separate reel from real is the hallmark of a winner and that’s what the makers of Poorna deliver. It is fabulously narrated and an inspiring tale based on the true story of Poorna Malavath  (Aditi Inamdar), the 13-year-old from a tribal village in Telangana who in 2014 became the youngest girl to scale Mount Everest.

Set in Pakala village, Poorna shares a special bond with her cousin Priya (S Mariya). The duo dream of a better education and food amid their poverty-ridden lives and plan to run away to the Social Welfare School. Unfortunately, things go awry as Priya’s father catches them red-handed. 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 discover her true inner calling. How the film follows her journey forms the crux of the story.

Directorially, Bose is spot on with his film. He wraps the story with the right mix of accuracy and drama. The emotional scenes are beautifully captured and the convincing performances make this film a winning bet. Bose pulls off every aspect of his film with panache and executes each scene with conviction. His story telling is full of flair and even though he takes time to set the story, he does justice to the script.

The treatment of the subject is what makes this film click. The way each character is portrayed is superb. Special mention to the nitty-gritty of Priya and Poorna, their camaraderie and their bond, which is marvelously conveyed. The film transforms the gritty realities of the little girl and her life into a celebration of determination without sinking into mushy sentiments.  

Kudos to the production department for the costumes, sets and detailing, which make the film a treat to watch, not to mention the technical team. Apart from perfect casting, the makers of Poorna also deserve applause for the simplicity with which the film is made.

Cinematography by Subhransu is fabulous. Editing is precise. Background music lifts the narration perfectly. Dialogue is good and goes well with the narration. The film wraps in a runtime of 105 minutes, making the narration compact.

Performance-wise, Aditi Inamdar is the show-stealer and she plays her part with sheer conviction and honesty. Rahul Bose delivers a superlative performance. Heeba Shah does justice to her part. Dhritiman Chatterjee excels in his role. S Mariya is superb in her part. Others, from Harsha Vardhan to Gyanendra Tripathi, Manoj Kumar, Rayala Harischandra, Lakshmi Kola and Arif Zakaria, play their respective roles with élan. The other actors support well.

Verdict: A film NOT to be missed!  

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