Rahul Bose returns with his second directorial ‘Poorna’
Rahul Bose who was last seen as Priyanka Chopra’s misogynist husband in Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, is all set to return to the big screen as a director, 15 years after his first directorial, ‘Everybody Says I’m Fine’. The actor’s second directorial, titled ‘Poorna’, is a real-life story of a 13-year girl and also the first movie under his home banner.
‘Poorna’ is the inspirational story of Malavath Purna, a poor adivasi girl from Telengana who created history on May 25, 2014, by becoming the youngest girl in the world to scale the Mount Everest. Aditi Inamdar, a Telengana girl from another impoverished family, will be playing Poorna in this movie.
“I bought the rights from Poorna’s father and Dr RS Praveen Kumar but knew how easy it’d be for someone to change the names and come up with a ‘me too’ film. But now that Poorna has been shot and will be ready to be screened for a studio in six weeks, I can talk about it,” Rahul informed Mumbai Mirror.
The film is said to be faithful to every single geographical punctuation mark in Poorna and Anand’s journey. Comparing ‘Poorna’ with his 2001 directorial debut, ‘Everybody Says I’m Fine’, Rahul says,
“It’s not as dark but it’s just as emotional.
We can be obedient sons but we can also rebellious boyfriends. It has no jhalak of Bollywood, yet makes you cry. That’s because Poorna is one of the most remarkable people I’ve met… Focussed, disciplined, thoughtful yet fun-loving. She has Malala’s strength, determination, optimism and desire to change society by joining the civil services. Her story needs to be told to world.”
Besides direction, Rahul is also acting in this film. He plays Dr RS Praveen Kumar, the secretary of Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Schools, who mentored Poorna to succeed and fulfil her dream. The character Rahul is portraying is an inspiration to the 1,000 kids in tribal schools, having made it possible for them to live, study and eat there for free from class 1 to 12. Talking about his character, Rahul says, “Poorna calls him her God. This is the first time I played someone living and that made the task more daunting.
Hopefully he will be happy with my portrayal.”
Rahul is assured about the latent of this film at ticket window. He says, “We’re confident of its box office potential but while its pleasant to make money, that’s not the reason for making Poorna. It’s a story that every girl child from a backward community should see and also every privileged child. In fact, it’s a film for everybody because what these two kids achieved was staggering.”