Poorna: Courage Has No Limit

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 was nominated on the festival's list of "30 Best Feature Films".[4]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRahul Bose
Written byPrashant Pandey
Shreya Dev Verma
Based onMalavath Purna
Produced byAmit Patni
Rahul Bose
StarringAditi Inamdar
S. Maria
Harsha Vardhan
Rahul Bose
CinematographySubhransu Das
Edited byManan Mehta
Music bySalim–Sulaiman
PVR Pictures
Rahul Bose Productions
Distributed byPVR Pictures
Release date
  • 6 January 2017 (2017-01-06) (Palm Springs)[1]
  • 31 March 2017 (2017-03-31)
Running time
100 min


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 honest 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 the youngest girl in the world to have reached the summit of Everest.[5]



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.[6] 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.[7]


Soundtrack album by
Released3 March 2017 (2017-03-03)[citation needed]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company

The soundtrack of Poorna was composed by Salim–Sulaiman while the lyrics were written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.[8]

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 receptionEdit

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]


Award Ceremony Category Recipient Result Ref.(s)
10th Mirchi Music Awards Raag-Inspired Song of the Year "Poori Qaaynaat" Nominated [13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Poorna | Palm Springs International Film Festival". www.psfilmfest.org.
  2. ^ "Poorna is an incredible story, beautifully told: Review by Sarit Ray". 31 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Poorna Movie Review {4/5}: A small film that stands tall" – via timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
  4. ^ Da Cunha, Uma (15 February 2017). "2017 Brings Cheer For Indie Cinema: Is The Tide Turning?". The Citizen.
  5. ^ "Biopic on Malavath Poorna set to hit the silver screen". Telangana Today. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Direction more fulfilling than acting: Rahul Bose". The Indian Express. 28 February 2017.
  7. ^ Satija, Garima (22 February 2017). "Everything You Need To Know About The Biopic on Poorna – The Youngest Girl To Climb Mt Everest". The Times of India.
  8. ^ "Poorna – Full Movie Audio Jukebox". YouTube.
  9. ^ "A small film that stands tall". The Times of India.
  10. ^ "Poorna is an incredible story, beautifully told: Review by Sarit Ray". Hindustan Times.
  11. ^ "Poorna movie review: An inspirational, goosebump-inducing story". The Indian Express.
  12. ^ "Poorna Movie Review: Rahul Bose's Film Is Soulful, Simple". NDTV.
  13. ^ "Nominations – Mirchi Music Awards 2017". MMAMirchiMusicAwards. Retrieved 13 March 2018.