19 October, 2020

Ashutosh Gowariker

The director speaks on his latest television series

Ashutosh Gowariker

Everest is said to be the "most ambitious project on Indian television".

The ambition lies in the combination of drama and adventure—an unusual blend. Our aim is to try and get that blend right.

What makes Everest different from other TV shows?

The genre itself and the way it's been programmed—a 20-minute time slot—is its USP. We've shot the entire show and don't have the advantage of knowing audience reaction and accordingly making changes.

Why did you choose to write the entire script before filming?

The Everest! Snow is important, and winter is important. We've shot the show in 3 months.

What was the most difficult part of shooting in the mountains?

Filming at sub-zero temperatures with basic amenities is physically tough.

How did you test actors' and crew's fitness?

We had medical checks, altitude tests and acclimatisation and mountaineering...



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