Poorna: Highway Reel Film Review

Poorna deserves your attention and must not be missed!

Cast – Rahul Bose, Aditi Inamdar, S. Mariya

Director – Rahul Bose

Rating – 3.5 / 5

Poorna is based on the real-life story of 13-year-old Poorna Malagasy,  who scaled the highest peak of Mount Everest and created history by becoming the youngest girl to have reached the summit of Everest.

The story unfolds in a small village in Telangana, where two young tribal girls, Poorna (Aditi Inamdar) and Priya (S. Mariya) dream of living a better life. With the hope of studying in a good school, they decide to elope, but get caught in the bargain. Being the older one, Priya is married off the very next day but she urges Poorna to fulfil their dream. From there begins Poorna’s journey of self discovery. Along the way, she comes across IPS officer Praveen Kumar (Rahul Bose), who sacrifices his high post to look into the betterment of underprivileged children in remote villages. With Praveen as her mentor, guide and confidant, Poorna comes to realise her own potential and scales the highest mountains with a new sense of purpose and determination.

When I was watching Poorna, the one thing that crossed my mind was that why did Rahul Bose choose such ordinary looking newcomers, instead of slightly more glamorous characters? But I got my answer when the end credits started rolling and showed pictures and videos of the real Poorna achieving her feat. I couldn’t tell the difference between reel and real! Honestly it was surreal!

In the first half, the film goes on to give an in-depth insight into Poorna’s life; struggling to achieve her dreams on one hand and silently fighting the prospect of an early marriage on the other. This strikes a great balance and effortlessly takes the story forward. Rahul Bose has also touched upon some larger social issues that the underprivileged deal with and how a small change in perspective can change the lives of many. Although it sounds a little too idealistic to be true, the brilliant execution made it just right.

In the second half there are certain portions where one’s attention might waver off the screen, but some twists in the tale do keep you hooked.

The director, producer and main lead, Rahul Bose is outstanding. He has lived up to the saying, “Be the change you want to see” and nailed it! Right from the actors to the locations and the dialogues, everything is perfect.

Aditi Inamdar does a great job as Poorna. Her childish innocence is captured in each frame as she shines right through the film. S. Mariya was simply amazing and it’s hard to believe that she’s a novice.

It’s clear that Bose has put in every effort to beautifully essay this simple yet courageous story. What I loved about Poorna was that it perfectly elucidates how compassion can truly go a long way.

Supriya Says: Poorna is an inspiring film that deserves your attention and must be watched!


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