Saw Poorna today. What an amazing film!!! Real Kudos to Rahul Bose for producing and directing such a powerhouse story.
Except Rahul himself in the movie there are no faces you recognise. The movie has no song and dance routine. And in fact the story is set in a small AP village in a land labourer’s house. It cant be more de-glamorous than this. No villians. No dishum dishum. A totally predictable linear story line. But still what you experience is a real treat for the viewers as the story/the script/the theme/the picturisation : all come so well together that you come out of the cinema hall impressed and enamored with the story of a village girl who at a ripe age of 13 years stood on top of the Everest and held the Indian tricolour up high making all people in her life and all the viewers proud. Truly as the tagline says : Ladkiyan kuch bhi kar sakti hai.
The simple and uncomplicated life of 2 village girls who face sheer poverty and difficulties of a typical Indian village is shown most realistically. But dreams burn bright in their hearts. And the story is about how one of them actually makes it to the top of the world. And on the way how she faces multifarious difficulties. And how she retains her ability to challenge people and circumstances around her and keep striving hard to move ahead. Aditi Inamdar has played the role to perfection : bringing before us all the trials and tribulations of the simple village girl who is larger in her resolve than the tallest mountain in the world. All the other difficulties on the way obviously fade in comparison and we feel happy to see her conquer the Sagarmatha.
Long ago I was fortunate to have seen Mt Everest from a tourist flight window. They distributed a T Shirt on the flight which said it so well ” I saw the Everest. I did not climb it. But I left my heart there”. Mt Everest is captured in all its glory in the film. All the fury of the snow and the challenge of the mountain climb is alive and real character in the story. Has been handled with the respect Chomolungma deserves and the awe it inspires in each and every one of us.
Rahul Bose is of course a good and serious actor. I clearly remember all his outings I was privileged to see beginning with the earlier movies like Mr & Mrs Iyer followed by Chameli; Pyaar ke Side Effects; Jhankar Beats; Shaurya to the more recent ones : one and all leave the viewer with a distinct respect for this serious actor who brings a unique take to each and every character he enacts. ( Except I have not understood how he accepted Dil Dhadakne Do)
In Poorna besides being the Producer and Director Rahul has played a very important role. He is the chief mentor and inspiration for the achievements of Malvath Poorna. giving her the confidence and support as she makes this amazing journey from sweeping the classrooms of her school to sweeping us off the feet by stepping upto the top of the world. Very understated. Sober to the core. Powerful. Your heart bleeds for Rahul when he is awaiting the phone from Poorna as she makes the final bid. As a totally believable civil servant who wants to make a difference leading always from his heart Rahul leaves a deep impression and makes the film much more believable and touching. All praise to this actor for taking up such a theme and creating a memorable story.
One Girl. One Man. One Belief. One Mountain. One amazing story. One great movie. Many superb performances.
Enjoy the movie: vikas