As far as period dramas go, nobody does them quite like the BBC. After the success of Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace and Sanditon, the man behind all these stunning book-adaptations, Andrew Davies, has taken it upon himself to create a TV miniseries based on Vikram Seth's magnum opus A Suitable Boy. On viewing the first look of the recently launched series trailer, we find ourselves on a stunning and atmospheric journey to post-independence India in the 1950s, with Tabu, Ishaan Khattar, Tanya Manikatla, Rasika Dugal, Vijay Verma and Randeep Hooda as our guides.
Andrew Davies was tasked with condensing this novel—one of the longest ever written in the English language—into six episodes to be aired on BBC1. An epic family saga set in the 1950s, A Suitable Boy follows the journeys of Lata Mehra and Mann Sharma, who are finding their new, independent identity just as India grapples with its own new-found independence.
This human, political and sensual chronicle of India is directed by the critically-acclaimed Mira Nair, whole previous Golden-Globe nominated film Monsoon Wedding gave us an insightful window into the life of a North Indian family preparing for a wedding. With locations spanning across the Indian subcontinent, A Suitable Boy promises to be a celebration of the glorious sights and sounds or country has to offer, all brought to you in the delightfully, engrossing style of a BBC period drama.
For those who are a fan of the book, here's what we know about the leading cast so far. Maan Kapoor is played by Ishaan Khattar, Saeeda Bai by Tabu, Lata Mehra by Tanya Maniktala, Rasheed by Vijay Verma, Savita Mehra by Rasika Dugal, Mahesh Kapoor by Ram Kapoor, Billy Irani by Randeep Hooda and Rupa Mehra by Mahira Kakkar. With its first episode slated to air on the 26th of July later this month, we, for one, cannot wait to embark on the delightful journey this miniseries promises to take us on.