Poorna Review by Neil Soans on The Times Of India
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.
Poorna Review by Dhrubo Jyoti on Hindustan Times
Unfortunately, it’s all downhill from here. As Poorna climbs higher and higher, so does the rhetoric pitch in the movie. There are jarring songs in Hindi that clash with the Telugu dialogues and the rural Telangana setting of the movie, formulaic plants like a letter from a dead relative and the compulsory rousing song at the climax. Most of all, Poorna cannot bear the weight of Bose’s savior character who is going to change people’s lives and a state’s education all single-handedly – the talented girls and the amazing support cast of Dhritiman Chatterjee and Heeba Shah all recede to the background.
Poorna Review by Mayank Shekhar on Mid-Day India
At the centre of it all is still a film that checks all the boxes so far as the running box-office formula is concerned. Yes, it’s a sports film. Yeah, it is a biopic. Sure, it is female-centric, and about gender empowerment. And while relatively low-budget, no doubt, it is cinematic enough, given that the camera really travels from Telangana, Darjeeling, to the supposed heights of the Himalayas.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Poorna is not just a film, but also a source of light that illuminates the conditions of social welfare schemes by the government and the plight of certain sections of the society. There is one scene in the film where these bunch of girls from poor families play a game wherein they have to compete about who is the poorest and though the scene may make you grin at their cheekiness, it will also pack a punch to the gut. The film has been shot quite realistically and beautifully and certain scenes in the film will make you realise what a tough task it must have been to shoot this film.
Review by Sreehari Nair on Rediff
Three performers here exist only to make Rahul Bose’s Praveen Kumar look good: Harsha Vardhan as the chief minister standing in for the confused state of our governance, Dhritiman Chatterjee who comically interrupts conversations to say nothing of significance, and Heeba Shah who can be heard mau-mauing through most of Bose’s plans. By the end, Rahul Bose the director shortchanges everything from our bureaucracy, to our politics, to our social structures, so that his kindness can shine through and make Poorna smile.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
The recreation on film can be patronising, or it can bump up the protagonist falsely to create a sense of their importance. Poorna stays away from these pitfalls: Bose, whose second directorial venture this is, gives us closeness without cloying sentimentality, and saves the triumphal swelling music for the climax, when Poorna makes her ascent.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Bose, the forgotten hero and reluctant filmmaker, has taken on the Herculean task of delivering this ambitious tale with limited means. Many argue that budgets barely restrict one’s vision. But when you’re showcasing the Himalayas and fail to furnish breath-arresting shots from strategic mid-air vantage points, the lack of resources proves to be a handicap. While Poorna is dedicated to two people who happen to be the maker’s “auricles and ventricles”, it ironically lacks just that — heart.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Technically sound, Subransu lense does the required talking and the shots of snow-clad mountains are eye popping. Manan Mehta’s editing is crisp. Salim-Sulaiman’s music receives special mention for its ability to seamlessly push the narrative forward with the desired effect. Poori Qayanaat and Kuch Parbat Hilaayein are well tuned and performed. POORNA is a story that needs to be told. The movie upholds the power of will, determination and confidence that can make you scale the highest peak, it’s a small little motivating gem recommended for those who look for some meaning in their life and cinema.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Aditi Inamdar is perfectly cast, as is S. Mariya as Poorna’s spunky cousin Priya, who eggs the heroine on to change her fate. Aditi and Mariya are such naturals that they do not need to ‘act’ to convey their emotions. The delightful little shenanigans that the two girls indulge in until the real world catches up with them give the audience a reason to forge an instant connect with them. It lasts all the way to the end of the film. Aditi’s scenes with Bose, too, come off rather well. Segments of the audience might however be left feeling a tad shortchanged by the limited focus on the eventual expedition that catapulted Poorna Malavath into mountaineering history. But Poorna is a large-hearted film: more a heartfelt portrait of courage than just another routine underdog film. Small gripes shouldn’t offset its overall impact. It is considerable.
Poorna Review by Indiaglitz
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. The real life story has more substance than the one presented in the movie. The climax part was bit hurried and needed some drama in it. Rahul Bose’s character was over sweet and did not have any layers attached to it. ‘Poorna’ is a beautiful messaged based film which displays a real life heroic tale of a young girl from the rural parts of India.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
The film is a straightforward narration: Little girl from the back of the beyond finds her calling in climbing mountains and then goes on to climb the Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Her story is inevitable. There are no surprises at all.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
For a director, it is not easy to execute the plot keeping factual accuracy in contention in every frame. The hard work that Rahul and his team have been putting since the last two years is commendable. The film might not have commercial viability in terms of a big star cast or massive production value but Poorna is a film which surely moves your heart.
Review by IANS on Sify
Aditi Inamdar shines as the fragile but strong-willed Poorna, essaying her character with amazing sincerity and naturalness, making it look convincing. S Mariya as Priya is equally delightful and strikes an emotional bond with the audience. The duo and their camaraderie is a treat to watch. Rahul Bose as Praveen Kumar is earnest and effortless. Heeba Shah as an official in a no-nonsense and stern avatar and Dhritiman Chatterjee in an insignificant role, are wasted. Arif Zakaria too goes unnoticed. The other actors in fact support them ably and are aptly cast as they lend a natural flavour to their characters.
Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
Poorna’s triumphant ascent to the snowy peak is left to the final moments in the film. Bose chooses silences and quiet interludes over booming background music to highlight these bits, and it’s a wise choice. Because while Mount Everest may be the reward, it’s Poorna’s journey overcoming poverty and patriarchy to find her wings that the film is actually about.
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