Inspired Rahul shoots Poorna in real locations


The Poorna team

Actor-director Rahul Bose who has made Poorna, a biopic on Poorna Malavath, who became the youngest girl to conquer the Mount Everest at the age of 13, was hugely inspired by the story of the Telangana girl. As soon as Rahul heard the story, he got goosebumps and was shocked to know that a 13-year-old girl from such a poor background had the guts to go on such a difficult mission. Rahul knew he had to show the world the struggle Poorna went through to make her country proud and prove that there was nothing impossible for girls. Aditi Inamdar plays Poorna in the film.

In a recent interview with Jaby Koay, he mentioned how difficult it was for Poorna to complete the expedition, not just physically, but mentally as well. While Poorna was on the expedition, she saw six death bodies on her way up. When asked, Rahul said, “She has the eyes of a 200-year-old. She has seen six people dead on her way up. The bodies are still there. They are like markers. She saw the bodies at a height of above 8000 meters when all you want to do is lie down and sleep, and you see these dead bodies and you know you still have 300 meters to go which is another six hours. She has all the infectious enthusiasm of a teenager.”

So inspired was Rahul by the story of Poorna, that he tried shooting the film in real locations. Rahul has also shot few scenes at Poorna’s house. “When we started filming Poorna, I was certain we should shoot at as many actual locations as we can. So we shot at Poorna’s village, Pakala, her actual hut, the actual location (Bhongir) she learnt rock climbing on, and at HMI, Darjeeling where she learnt mountaineering. We would have shot on Everest if we could have, but I doubt if my crew from Bombay would have survived!” Well, now all eyes are on March 31, when the biopic hits the screens.

About digantaguha

To introduce myself, I am a journalist, blogger and have also taught Political and Sports Journalism in the Future Media School in Kolkata. I am currently working with Sports News Crunch as a Consulting Editor and as a Guest Faculty at the Techno India University. Over all, I have around 15 years of experience as a journalist having worked with esteemed publications like Hindustan Times, Business Standard, The Pioneer and others. You can contact me at Diganta Guha
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