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‘Everest’ television show: stuck on the ‘girl child, woman empowerment’ loop

Star Plus’s latest offering is an ambitious show from acclaimed filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker that attempts to reach for the skies.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Written by Jaskiran Kapoor | Updated: November 21, 2014 10:06 am
Star Plus’s latest offering is an ambitious show from acclaimed filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker that attempts to reach for the skies. Star Plus’s latest offering is an ambitious show from acclaimed filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker that attempts to reach for the skies.

Show: Everest
Channel: Star Plus
Timings: Mon-Sat 10 pm

In 1984, Bachendri Pal became the first Indian woman mountaineer to reach the summit of the Mount Everest. Another woman, Santosh Yadav became the first woman to scale the summit twice, in 1992 and ’93. A national volleyball player Arunima Sinha, is the first female amputee to make it to the world’s tallest peak in 2013. Star Plus’s latest offering is an ambitious show from acclaimed filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker that attempts to reach for the skies.

And this is the troubling part — it seems that more than the content, the channel is stuckon the ‘girl child, woman empowerment’ loop. There is nothing overtly wrong with it, but at some level, it messes with the entire storytelling. That Anjali Singh Rawat (Shamata Anchan) is considered a ‘liability, a blunder, a stumbling block, an unlucky event’ in her father Brigadier Jagat Singh Rawat’s (Manish Choudhary) life, comes across as cliched. And it turns into this rash when you realise it’s a man in uniform using uncomfortably harsh dialogues for his only child.

In all this, Anjali is even more determined to prove her father wrong and decides to scale the one thing her father couldn’t, Everest. Which brings us back to Bachendri Pal and Inc. It’s 2014, and one needs an educated, army father to acknowledge these mountaineers and give the go ahead to his little girl. But no, he puckers up and Anjali packs her bags for the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM).

On a parallel track, other characters are introduced with their own baggage. There is the jobless documentary maker Aakash Joshi who is carrying the guilt of a friend’s death; the celebrated mountaineer Arjun Sabharwal who has a mysterious past and the shrewd businessman Ramesh Roongta (Rajat Kapoor), the only one who can act in the entire serial, so far and the guy who sponsors Sabharwal’s Everest expedition. Then there is Colonel Abhyankar (an older Milind Gunaji), the NIM head.

Clearly, this is no Vertical Limit, and going by the first snow covered scene showing Anjali trekking on the mountain, the production quality is not spectacular.

Directed by Glenn Baretto and Ankush Mohla, this ‘telenovela’, has been written by Mitali Mahajan and Gowariker and Bhavani Iyer (episodic screenplay). With so many people on board, one expected miracles, but sadly, the show falls in the trappings of lethargic treatment. Even AR Rahman’s music sounds flat. Just let go Mr Gowariker, it’s time to scale up — give us something to boost our adrenaline, and sink our pick-axe into.

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    sakshi sah
    Feb 26, 2015 at 5:34 pm
    i think the serial is on great height it would really a intresting story but have to show some romance also and give a continued best stories. rohan and shamata why you both are not a real life partners you both are the best couples forever . and i request to donot stop this serial for many times and i keep watching everest for ever only because of rohan and shamata's romance
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    1. Naveen Yadav
      Apr 20, 2015 at 1:01 pm
      best show ever made salute to starindia and ashutosh gowariker
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      1. Naveen Yadav
        Apr 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm
        this show having grat love story personaaly ilked yeh hai critic take my finger in mouth shut , first watch and then studied and give reveiw . i bet u this show cost more than indian express yearly turnover
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        1. Narendra Yadav
          Apr 20, 2015 at 12:51 pm
          awesome show ever made
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          1. Narendra Yadav
            Apr 20, 2015 at 12:48 pm
            this show is very excellent and mind blowing and even cult status status after mahabharat and ramayan . awesome story line every thin from romance to emotion to suspense i think indian express reveiwer like saas bahu and himesh reshmiya musin that why he cant understand bro , grow this show shoot with brilliand sony f 55 camera with gpro and excellent background score by ar rahman . go watch sas bahu or may be bhijpuria movie
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