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Poorna- Movie Review

Posted by Vivek on April 2, 2017 | No Comments

FILM – Poorna

PRODUCER – Rahul Bose

DIRECTOR – Rahul Bose

WRITER – Prashant Pandey, Shreya Dev Verma

CAST – Aditi Inamdar, Manoj Kumar, S. Mariya, Rahul Bose, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Dr. Rayala Harischandra, Heeba Shah

MUSIC – Tanuj Tiku

Poorna, the film is based on the true story of Poorna Malavath from Telangana, the youngest girl to scale the Mt Everest at the age of 13. Hailing from a poor, tribal family, Poorna’s determination to improve her life saw her setting a record at a raw age. The film is a biopic which attempts to chart her journey to her success while bringing us closer to the conditions (almost inhuman and mostly social) that brought her to the final victory.

No doubt, it is a story of determination and an independent mind. It is Poorna’s willingness to scale heights that saw her being selected for her expeditions to begin with and it was her never-say-die spirit that saw her win. However, director Rahul Bose does a Taare Zameen Par with the film and hijacks it completely, under the guise of casting a compassionate eye on its subject.

The innocence of Poorna’s world is contrasted starkly and without a fuss (which is pleasant). Her conversations with her cousin and friend Priya, the conversations of the girls at the Welfare house and those of Poorna’s elders position her situation in the social reality of our world without drama. They are documented with an eye for aesthetic pleasure above rawness of reality, yet these parts serve as a decent reminder of our social truths.

It’s when Rahul Bose, as Praveen Kumar, jumps in as Poorna’s mentor and saviour much like Aamir did for Ishaan in Taare Zameen Par that the film buckles under its own weight. Talent requires talent spotters no doubt, but to proclaim to tell the story of the talent and assume it lies in how the spotter spots, carves, shapes and sculpts the talent is plain dishonesty. It is convenient and lazy piggy-backing not only on a talent who has gained fame on her own merit but also her victory gained against severe odds.

Since the real-life Poorna happens to be from a socially backward and marginalised background it has a lot to discuss. Since, it is a story of a sports landmark, it becomes even more important to highlight. Since, there is bureaucracy, not only of the educational system but also of the sports authorities involved, it does indeed become important to comment. Rahul Bose does all of this with a bright self-importance matched by Aamir Khan’s eye-brows alone, as he sets out to save the world in his films and TV shows.

The children, however, provide a respite from the over-bearing pomposity of the film. Aditi Inamdar as Poorna and S. Mariya as Priya, her cousin and best friend light up the screen with their spontaneity and innocence. Manoj Kumar as Anand is heart-warming too. The rest, Rahul Bose, Dhritiman Chatterjee and Heeba Shah ham their way through the self-important proceedings trying hard not to look snobbish but failing miserably. For a film that wants to be inspiring it just takes itself way too seriously.

Fatema Kagalwala

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