A Potpourri of Vestiges Feature
If you don’t know already, Malavath Purna is the youngest girl to summit the Mt. Everest. What’s so special about her journey? She was only 13 years old when she conquered it, on 25th May, 2014. She hails from Nizamabad district, Telangana. She is also a tribal girl and her parents are farm labourers.
Rahul Bose was ashamed at himself for his ignorance about this story, when the writer Prashant Pandey approached him to play a part in the movie. Rahul Bose was so moved that he ended up directing and producing it, apart from acting. “Her story needs to be told to the world” were his words today.
In PVR Juhu today, Rahul Bose, along with Amit Patni, Co-producer, launched the Music Album of Poorna in the honourable presence of Music Director Duo Salim-Sulaiman, legendary tabla player Ustad Zakir Hussain and Singer Arijit Singh and Raj Pandit. They made the evening of everyone present by performing the music album of Poorna. To listen to the likes of Arijit and Salim Merchant live was just ‘good’ because it was comprehensively overshadowed by the trance experience of Zakir Hussain playing table, live; however brief it may have been, it was nevertheless a moment to savour.
Rahul Bose was having trouble with financing the project. Salim-Sulaiman agreed to work when they got to know the situation, and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya wrote four songs at the cost of one. Such passion and generosity is needed to keep such indie films come to fruition.
Rahul Bose said that the movie is universal in its emotions, which is not restrained by any language barriers. Though the film is in Hindi, he is confident that the audience will connect with the story without any subtitles, through the language of cinema. He has tried his best to keep the story true to its origins, introducing only one fictitious character. The summit was shot in Sikkim at 15,000 feet, as it was impossible to actually shoot at Mt. Everest, showing what Purna has achieved is rare. They have used Purna’s real house in the film. Aditi Inamdar from Telangana was chosen to play Poorna after all of the 109 girls carefully picked by the casting team were rejected by Bose. He explained that Aditi wasn’t self-conscious in front of the camera, and apart from being a quick learner, she followed the directions given to her with ease. Her eyes had something which was missing in other girls. He expects that she will grow up to be a fine actress.
Coming to the music, the soundtrack is kept in sync with the film’s context. Kuch Parbat Hilaayein is an energetic song sung by Arijit Singh; Poori Qaaynaat is sung by young singer Raj Pandit who will surely surprise everyone with his outstanding voice. Baabul Mora is sung again by Arijit, which captures the emotion of ‘bidaai’ tradition.
Catch Poorna in your nearest theatres on 31st March.
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