She has portrayed various shades of a mother in films. This time around, Suhasini Mulay, will be seen reprising the role of a mom yet again. She plays an ailing mother of one of the three protagonist in film-maker Ashutosh Gowariker’s upcoming television production, Everest that is set to go on air from November 3 on Star Plus.
Mulay, who was earlier seen in Gowariker’s films — Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar — portraying the characters of Yashodamai and Rani Padmavati respectively, is excited to have reunited with the film-maker as he readies to experiment with the small screen. “Ashutosh is always a pleasure to work with because he is very committed to his work,” says Mulay, who thinks that the research that the film-maker puts into his scripts is fabulous.
Everest is the story of Anjali Singh Rawat, who is willing to climb the Mt Everest to win her father’s love and respect. Because of the backdrop, it was imperative for the team to shoot on the hills. “While the crew and the youngsters from the cast were to shoot outdoors and go camping, the supporting cast, especially the older people, had indoor scenes. Even then, Ashutosh felt it necessary for us to know and see what is going to happen at the camp,” says Mulay and adds that an elaborate presentation was shown to the supporting cast to give them an understanding of the show.
Interestingly, Mulay, who has worked in not just films but also many TV shows, thinks that for an actor in a supporting role, TV is a better medium than films. “When you do a film with somebody who’s my age — which is always the role of a mother or a grandmother — despite of well-defined characters, you don’t get to play a very large part as the main leads get prominence. In television however, the supporting cast also has a chance to work on the character as it’s more spread out.”
Although it’s a run-of-the-mill kind of role she is playing in Everest, Mulay describes it as “believable”. She remarks that it isn’t something that is a complete departure from what she has done earlier. “I am still the mother who supports. But the way the role has been presented and shown is different. If she is supposed to be struggling with money and has lived in an old house all through her life, it reflects in the portrayal,” she remarks and concludes by saying that the texture of the presentation is much more real in the show and that may work in its favour.
What’s your Everest campaign
* The show emanates from the belief that everyone has a personal Everest they aspire to conquer. Keeping the theme in mind, Star Plus launched the campaign — #WhatsYourEverest — on television, radio and social media platforms and asked the viewers about their “Everest”.
* The channel has also tied up with presenting sponsor Fair & Lovely for its annual programme under the ‘Fair & Lovely Foundation’ through which women across the country, especially school and college girls and women from small town will be asked to write about the Everest moment in their lives. Selected individuals will get monetary and other assistance to conquer their goals fulfill their dreams.