A Suitable Boy: A Review

A great adaptation by Andrew Davies 

A Suitable Boy is a famous TV series which was adapted by Andrew Davies, from the novel A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. The novel was written in 1993. This miniseries was first telecasted on BBC television. This series has achieved a worldwide audience base and won their hearts. Those who haven’t watched it yet, must go to Netflix and have a look.

The plot

The timeline of the story is 1951, the newly independent post-colonial era. Four North Indian families and their interrelations are in the limelight. Mrs. Rupa Mehra, an upper caste Indian woman, is very much worried about the marriage of her youngest daughter Lata Mehra, a 19 year old girl, studying in college. Hence, the entire family is in search of “A Suitable Boy” for her. Her mother, brother and all the relatives try to impose their thoughts over her and Lata fights in herself to win over all those provocations in case of choosing a suitable one for her. The entire story of the series moves around this family drama, Lata’s own conflicts and Maan’s reckless romanticism.

Artists on screen

All the characters have been played by eminent artists. The character of Mrs Rupa Mehra is performed by Mahira Kakkar, and Lata is performed by Tanya Maniktala. Ishaan Khatter played the role of Maan Kapoor. The role of Mahesh Kapoor, Maan’s father and also the State Minister of Revenue, is played by Ram Kapoor. Tabu performed as Saeeda Bai, Rasika Dugal played the role of Savita Kapoor, Aamir Bashir played Nawab of Baitar, Shahana Goswami played Meenakshi Mehra. Besides, there were so many other characters, played by experienced artists like Danesj Razvi, Gagan Dev Riar, Geeta Agarwal Sharma and so on.

Artist behind the camera

This great adaptation is directed by Mira Nair and Shimit Amin and cinematographed by Declan Quinn. The series is edited by Nick Fenton and Tanupriya Sharma. Kavita Seth has written the songs and Anuoshka Shankar and Alex Heffes composed those songs and also created the pleasant background score of the series. This series was released in four languages- Hindi, English, Bengali and Urdu.

The first episode of the series was telecasted in the UK on BBC one. It premiered on 26th July 2020. The series ended on 24th August of the same year. On 23rd October, it came onto Netflix and that also in four different languages. The script translations were done with excellence.

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