Cast: Aditi Inamdar, S. Mariya and Rahul Bose
Besides Naam Shabana, the other release of this week is also focused a girl – the only difference is this one is for real and not fictional. Ever since the trailer of Poorna released, the anticipation of watching the journey of this encouraging soul, was quite high in the air, especially amongst the ones who love mountaineering or its aspects. Now that the film has released, I can assure you that it delivers a lot more than expected. It is high on emotions, energy and encouragement.
The 13-year-old girl from Telangana, a daughter of the farm workers, Poorna Malavath (played by Aditi Inamdar), is raised in poverty. Their struggle to pay her school fees makes it tough for Poorna to study. She along with her cousin Priya (played by S. Mariya) decide to run away, but destiny had something else. Their desperate attempt comes to an end and Priya is forced into a marital relationship at an early age. Poorna chooses to switch school and joins the one that is run and supported by government’s social welfare unit (head by Rahul Bose). It takes time for her settle, but slowly she makes it her second home. She joins her friends on a rock climbing activity and finds it interesting. This newly developed passion eventually leads her to becoming the youngest to summit the mighty Mount Everest. Merely at an age of 13 she makes a mark at the 29,029 feet of the Everest, which let alone the youngsters, even the adults can only dream and talk about. Her story is not a secret, but how she fights the odds and accomplish this, makes Poorna a must watch.
There is a lot to talk about this young achiever, but what her journey important is that she not only encouraged many, but also paved way for the country’s underprivileged and marginalized community to change the look out. Rahul Bose’s directorial debut definitely deserves many awards for this effort, for he delivers an impeccable story with new young actors, and both make a mark with natural performances.
Poorna is interesting from the very first frame. Everything about the film - performance, songs, locations, and screenplay – is perfect. If you’re confused to choose the film for the weekend, I’d insist you to go for this one.