Review of the movie ‘Poorna’ by ‘Divya Solgama’


Actor Rahul Bose made his distinctive mark in our film industry with the help of his films like ‘English August’, ‘Bombay Boys’, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Iyer’, ‘Jhankaar Beats’, ‘Chameli’, ‘Pyar Ke Side Effects’, ‘Shaurya’, ‘I Am’ and many more films. His choice of films were different and interesting than the usual run of the mill kind of films being made in those times. He also ventured into direction in the year 2001, by directing an unusual film known as ‘Everybody Says I’m Fine’. The movie won awards at various film festivals and had a different tale to narrate. This also proved the potentials of Rahul Bose as a director, but failed to do wonders at the box-office. Rahul Bose returns back after a long gap with his new film ‘Poorna’, which displays the real life story of a young tribal girl from rural parts of India. Last year we did witness a brilliant tale of young sporting talent in the form of ‘Budhia Singh – Born to Run’.  So, let’s find out whether ‘Poorna’ might end up being among all those good films which caters only to a niche audience or might be yet another fine piece of cinema on the lines of ‘Budhia Singh – Born to Run’, portraying the tale of an underdog.

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‘Poorna’ is a real life story of a young tribal girl Poorna (Aditi Inamdar) and her cousin sister Priya (S. Mariya). Poorna and Priya belong to a poor family and are forced not to attend school as their parents failed to pay the fees. One day, Priya comes to know about the government organized welfare schools where students are given wholesome meal. She motivates Poorna to elope with her and join the school. Sadly, Priya gets caught by her father and is forced to get married to a random stranger. Poorna manages to convince her father to join the school, but her dreams get broken as the school turns out to be totally different than what she had expected. She decided to run away from the school and at that time Poorna meets Praveen Kumar (Rahul Bose), who is in charge of the student’s welfare. With the help of Praveen Kumar, things change and Poorna decide to join a rock climbing camp. It’s in the camp, Praveen Kumar and others realize the true potential of Poorna as a natural rock climber and aims to get her to the top of Mount Everest. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

Screenplay & Technical Details:

The story has been presented in very sweet and simple manner, due to which one can easily connect with the feelings and emotions of the film. The narration might look simple, but has a background filled with layers of child marriage, underage pregnancy, malnutrition in kids, school welfare and few more. None of these layers are preachy nor forced into you. They are placed naturally and in a soothing manner which ends up like a whip on your face. There are many heartfelt scenes such as Aditi’s bonding with S. Mariya, Rahul Bose surprise visit to the school canteen, Kids playing a game about who’s more poor, Aditi trying to climb on a rock for the first time, Rahul inspiring kids for tracking followed by motivating them to climb Mt. Everest, S. Mariya inspiring Aditi followed by her letter in the finale, the whole Darjeeling training leading to the Mt. Everest track followed by the finale track and the end credits displaying the real life images of Poora. The dialogues are sweet and touching. On the flip side, everything is easily shown in the movie. The hardship track seems to be missing. The finale part of Mt. Everest should have been meatier. Lack of face value and low marketing might hamper the film. Nevertheless, barring these minor glitches the movie is highly inspiring and enjoyable. The cinematography is of top notch and in some scenes acts as an additional screenplay in the movie.

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The background music is amazing and blends beautifully with the flow of the film. ‘Kuch Parbat’ by Arijit Singh is inspirational.


Director Rahul Bose comes up with a simple yet powerful film, which talks about various issues without being preachy or pseudo intelligent. One can clearly see that his intentions are not to prove any point, but to narrate the simple and sweet tale of the young girl who climbed Mt. Everest. Rahul deserves full marks to extract fantastic performance from Aditi and S. Mariya.


Aditi Inamdar is fantastic. The innocence on her face works as an additional merit for her character. She is natural actor who does her part with total ease. S. Mariya as Priya is outstanding. One can feel her frustration and love. Rahul Bose is good in his part and blends well with the flow of the film. Heeba Shah, Arif Zakaria, Harsha Bardhan, Dhritiman Chatterjee and all others lend good support in their small part.

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Final Verdict:

So on an overall basis ‘Poorna’ is a congenial tale of fortitude. Such movies should be seen by everyone who believes in girl power and also by the ones who dares to doubt over it.

Rating – 4/5 [ Source – Bollywood Times]