Poorna: Courage Has No Limit

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Poorna - Poster.jpg
Hindi पूर्णा
Directed by Rahul Bose
Produced by Amit Patni
Rahul Bose
Written by Prashant Pandey
Shreya Dev Verma
Based on Malavath Purna
Starring Aditi Inamdar
S. Maria
Harsha Vardhan
Rahul Bose
Music by Salim–Sulaiman
Cinematography Subhransu Das
Edited by Manan Mehta
PVR Pictures
Rahul Bose Productions
Distributed by Pvr Pictures
Release date
  • 6 January 2017 (2017-01-06) (Palm Springs)[1]
  • 31 March 2017 (2017-03-31)
Running time
100 min
Country India
Language Hindi

Poorna is a 2017 Indian Hindi language biographical adventure film directed by Rahul Bose. The film stars himself with Aditi Inamdar as Malavath Poorna, the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest. The film released in India on 31 March 2017 to positive reviews.[2][3] The film was screened at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival where it got nominated on the festival's list of "30 Best Feature Films".[4] The film also received Special Jury Mention in Direction (for Bose) and Special Jury Mention in Acting (for Aditi Inamdar) from FOI Online Awards in 2018. [5]


Poorna Malavath (Aditi Inamdar) belongs to a Telugu speaking tribal family in Pakala, Nizamabad district in the Telangana state of India. Her parents (mother Lakshmi and father Devidas) are farm labourers. She joins the State Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society for her education. Her talent is spotted by the un-corrupt secretary of the Society Dr R.S. Praveen Kumar (Rahul Bose). The chief minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy (Harsha Vardhan) authorises her for Operation Everest along with a Dalit mountaineer, Sandhanapalli Anand Kumar (Manoj Kumar). In preparation for climbing Mount Everest headed by Coach Shekhar Babu (Gyanendra Tripathi) and Colonel Khan (Arif Zakaria), she treks to mountains of Ladakh and Darjeeling. On 25 May 2014, Poorna scales the highest peak of Mount Everest and, aged 13 years and 11 months, becomes one of the youngest girl in the world to have reached the summit of Everest.[6]



Rahul Bose was initially not associated with the film until he was offered the role of Dr. Kumar. He liked the script and offered to direct and produce Poorna, raising funds in four months.[7] Aditi Inamdar was chosen to play the titular role from a group of 109 girls. The film was shot in Pakala village over an 11-day period. Pakala is the village that the real-life Poorna grew up in.[8]


Poorna - Original Soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by Salim–Sulaiman
Released 3 March 2017 (2017-03-03)[citation needed]
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 16:14
Label Zee Music Company

The soundtrack of Poorna was composed by Salim–Sulaiman while the lyrics were written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.[9]

1."Kuch Parbat Hilaayein"Arijit Singh04:13
2."Poori Qaaynaat"Raj Pandit & Vishal Dadlani04:48
3."Baabul Mora"Arijit Singh03:33
4."Kuch Parbat Hilaayein (Intimate)"Salim Merchant03:40
Total length:16:14


Critical reception[edit]

Poorna received a positive response from the critics based on the reviews. Neil Soans of The Times of India appreciated the film saying, "Returning to a directorial capacity after 16 years, Rahul Bose recognizes the beauty in simplicity and uses it to the film's advantage. Grounded performances combined with stirring music elevate this relatively straightforward tale, making it essential viewing not only for the young Indian woman, but for anyone looking to scale great heights against all odds." and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.[10] Sarit Ray of The Hindustan Times praised the film saying, "Poorna shows you that incredible stories can be told simply. Bollywood can learn from that." and gave the film a rating of 4 stars out of 5.[11] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express lauded the movie by saying, "Fairytales do come true and the story of Poorna Malavath is the proof. Her biopic, directed by Rahul bose, does justice to the extraordinary story of a 13-year-old tribal girl climbing Mt Everest." and gave the film a rating of 3 and a half stars out of 5.[12] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV said that, "Poorna is a rare Hindi film that travels to the heart of rural landscape. Even rarer is the use of a smattering of Telugu in the dialogues, which, along with an effective musical score, augments the authenticity of the film's setting and soundscape. It also draws enormous strength from the deeply affecting performances by newcomer Aditi Inamdar (in the role of the resolute Poorna) and Bose himself (as the unwavering mentor firm in his belief that it is his responsibility as a bureaucrat to facilitate positive change in the lives of the most disadvantaged)." and gave the film a rating of 3 stars out of 5.[13]


Award Ceremony Category Recipient Result Ref.(s)
10th Mirchi Music Awards Raag-Inspired Song of the Year "Poori Qaaynaat" Nominated [14]

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