A few years ago, Rahul Bose had hosted a mountaineering series called Everest Rising on National Geographic. Since then he had been intrigued with this topic and was definite about making a film. However, it took him time to search for the subject before he came across the inspiring story of the 13-year-old Poorna who had become the youngest person to conquer the Mount Everest.
The actor-director shares, “It was a combination of shame and wonder. Shame because it was unbelievable I hadn’t heard of Poorna’s achievement before. I pride myself in being pretty well read on both, social subjects and sport and had completely missed this story because it hadn’t been reported to the extent it should have been. Wonder because you couldn’t write a mainstream Bollywood script better. A poor, uneducated, tribal girl shatters the world record climbing Everest at the age of 13. Fantastic!”