Ashutosh Gowariker's Everest
Music maestro A.R. Rahman, who acted in TV show "Wonder Balloon" in 1980, is back on television, but this time as a composer for Ashutosh Gowariker's show "EVEREST". He says in the last 34 years, the medium has become very big.
"I started with 'Wonder Balloon'. Since then, television has changed a lot. It has become so big... It has high-definition now," the Oscar-winning composer said here Tuesday at the promo and poster launch of "EVEREST".
Rahman, who had earlier collaborated with Gowariker for his movies like "Lagaan", "Jodhaa Akbar" and "Swades", will now compose for the TV show, produced and written by the filmmaker.
"Ashutosh has given me so many good songs in his movies. It is a great start for me with Ashutosh and Star Plus," he said.
"Ashutosh came to me with a concept, which was so intriguing and beautiful. He has briefed me about 12 characters. In fact, we finished the theme song three days back. We have tried to make it very orchestral," he added.
Co-directed by Glenn Baretto and Ankush Mohla, the Star Plus show is about the struggle of a daughter, who in order to gain her father’s acceptance decides to climb the highest mountain of the world – Mount Everest.
“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,” Gowariker, who has written and produced it, told reporters here.
“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,” he said.
The show’s script is penned by Mitali Mahajan. The makers collaborated with Nehru Institute of Mountaineering and shot at the peaks of Uttarakhand and Nepal.
As a token of appreciation, the makers of the show introduced behind the camera people, including costume and photography departments at the show’s promo and poster launch.
The promo portrays a larger than life image of the show with a promise to give television audience cinematic experience. “Our aim was to take cinema at audience’s home,” said Gowariker.
The slot and number of episodes of the show are yet to be announced.