BBC ONE: The television adaptation of ‘A Suitable Boy’, the much-loved novel by Vikram Seth, comes to life in the Mira Nair directorial. The BBC’s miniseries is picturized in the early days of India’s independence and essays the life of four families. The trailer which has just released recently stars Tabu, Ishaan Khatter, Ram Kapoor, Tanya Maniktala and Rasika Dugal. We are introduced to Mrs Rupa Mehra who is hunting for a match for her daughter Lata.
The Vikram Seth novel is an incredibly emotional tale that is more than 1300 pages of text being one of the largest ever written in English. A Suitable Boy takes us on the journey of the free-spirited university student, Lata, as India approaches its first general elections following the departure of the British Raj. The BBC miniseries will trail themes of the war between modernity and traditions, family values, familial oppression, generational conflict, prejudice based on religion, among more. It was also an epic, intricately woven story with a giant cast of characters that realistically captured the essence of the fraught times of the country. The trailer raises the familiar (to those who know the original story) thematic beats from the book. The production value is magnificent, and this includes the cinematography, alternating between warm and cool tones. There are stunning shots of ghats. There does not appear to be any attempt at overly exoticising the setting and people for foreign audiences, which is always a plus in my opinion.
The miniseries stars Tanya Maniktala as Lata Mehra, Tabu as Saeeda Bai, and Ishaan Khatter as Maan Kapoor.
My only issue is the language. Indians living in Hindi heartland speaking perfect English just does not seem natural to me, though I am perfectly aware the novel was in English. But actually seeing the characters come alive and arguing in English strikes a false note. I imagine this could not have been helped. Also, there is always a readers’ fear of whether an adaptation will do justice to the book or ruin the story forever. For now, it appears the creators are doing their best to actually be true to the essence of Vikram Seth’s book.Indian Express
Watch the trailer of Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy here:
The television show also marks Tabu’s reunion with Mira Nair, after 14 years, for the 2006 drama ‘The Namesake’ which starred the late Irrfan Khan. Mira Nair’s BBC One adaptation of Vikram Seth’s novel out on July 26
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