Unlike the Anil Kapoors and Anurag Kashyaps of the day, the Swades-fame director seems to have chosen to play by book. The debate over the content (or a lack of it) on Indian TV is not new. When Anil Kapoor adapted the American TV series 24, or when Anurag Kashyap brought the fiction series Yudh to the small screen, they intended to bring a change. Ashutosh, too claims to be aiming the same target.
If the first promo is anything to go by, he, however, sticks to the tried-and-tested tools of melodrama and emotions -- even if in a bid to attract TRPs for better content.
Gowarikar sets the premise for the story of Anjali Singh Rawat (played by debutant actor Shamata Anchan
) who loves her father and wants to fulfill his dream of conquering the Everest. What adds to the stereotypical melodrama is the fact that Manish Choudhary, who plays the father's role, hates her because she is a girl child. He says in the promo, "Jis din paida hui thi us din se le kar aaj tak, har pal chubhta hai mujhe ye sach -- ki wo beti hai meri
." Also read: Gowarikar reveals the poster for his TV show Everest
Showing glimpses of the Himalayas, the promo then establishes Anjali's determination to conquer Everest in a bid to win over her father's love.
Discussing the idea behind the TV show, Gowarikar had said earlier, "I was intrigued by mountaineers and always used to think what they felt after reaching the peak of any mountain. Now, I know it's the inner satisfaction that they get. The show is not only about the female protagonist as each and every character has inner conflicts which they will deal with during the journey of our serial."
Talking about his TV debut, music maestro AR Rahman, who has composed music for the TV show said, "Venturing into television was on my mind for a couple of years. Ashutosh came to me with the concept which was so intriguing. It is a very good start for me."
Everest also features Suhasini Mulay, Mohan Kapoor, Milind Gunaji, Rajat Kapoor, Kishori Shahane, Sahil Salathia and Rohan Gandotra. Everest, co-directed by Glenn Baretto and Ankush Mohla, will air from November 3 on Star Plus.