The youngest girl in the world to summit Mount Everest happens to be an Indian- the biggest reason why you should watch POORNA. It’s a rags-to-riches story of will power, confidence, determination, and self-confidence- all what’s needed to make a mark on the earth.
Produced and directed by Rahul Bose, the film is the story of Malavath Poorna, a little girl from a remote village of Telangana, who at the age of just 13 went on to become the youngest girl on the planet to climb the highest peak on the earth.
Yes, we have seen such stories before. We have also seen biopics in Bollywood depicting the struggles celebs or sportspersons for that matter have gone through to achieve great heights in their lives. But Poorna is different, for one it touches a territory lesser known to common man i.e. mountaineering and secondly that it gives each one of us a chance to take pride our country’s girl for her remarkable feat. Through near zero audience in theatres, people not knowing about the film, people not even knowing who Poorna actually is- the film shows a mirror hitting you right in your face.
The hero of the film is its simplicity in depicting- facts, culture of the place, nuances and mannerisms of characters, and even the language used in the film. The no-nonsense 105mins film is a treat to watch giving you goosebumps at many places, where you can’t stop marvel the amazing achievement of such a little girl. The script is simple giving full justice to Poorna’s life and how she took up mountaineering. The screenplay only adds to the glory.
It must be mentioned here that there’s no drama or ups and downs as far as the pace of the film is concerned. It moves at a steady pace giving time for each setting to establish. Kudos to Bose for keeping it sensible and mature all through. For the very same reason, it remains a recipe for class audience.
What makes the film endearing is Aditi Inamdar who plays the protagonist. She’s innocent, naive, and suits to the core. She’s perfect. S.Mariya as Priya, Poorna’s cousin if not better is equally good. Priya is one character that gives the film an edge, a graph, and a different shade. Rahul Bose as IPS Dr. R S Praveen Kumar, the man credited for building Poorna’s personality is sincere and sweet on camera.
The film with some visual symbolisms remains average on other technical aspects including music. The songs are used as background pieces used to take the plot forward. The cinematography however is superb along with intelligent use of effects.
While the film should have been received with a housefull scenario, poor marketing along with audience’s mindset should be blamed for cancelling of shows in many cities across the nation.
It’s a feat very extraordinary. It must be respected. It’s a must watch for every Indian.