Ishan Khattar and Tabu starrer limited series ‘A suitable Boy’ adaptation of Vikram Seth’s novel, directed by Mira Nair is now streaming on Netflix. Set in the early 1950s, the book is rooted in its milieu of a newly independent nation, bruised and battered from the trauma of Partition, preparing for its first general election, and struggling, amid bloody religious conflict, to hold on to, and yet re-imagine, the idea of India.
About A suitable Boy
- TV SERIES- A suitable Boy 2020
- Released on- BBC One and Netflix
- Episodes- 6
- Runtime 59 Min
- Language– English and Hindi
- Genre- Drama, Romance
- Cast- Ishan Khattar, Tabu, Tanya maniktala Mahira Kakkar, Shubham Saraf
- Director- Mira Nair
Mira Nair’s Adaptation Is Replete With Riches: Says NDTV | A Suitable Boy, streaming on Netflix, adroitly captures the sweep of the novel without losing sight of the granular details of the human relationships, some severely vexed, others emphatically affirmative, at the core of the saga of four families negotiating changes sweeping through their homes – and the nation.
Mira Nair’s unsuitable adaptation is partially redeemed by Ishaan Khatter and Tabu’s forbidden love story: says hindustan times | It’s clear from the very first scenes that A Suitable Boy is targeted towards a Western audience, as a window into an exotic culture. Most of it is in English, with bits and pieces in subtitled Hindi and Urdu. In all honestly, it makes for a most grating viewing experience. White people wouldn’t care, but it’s jarring to watch two villagers converse in English. I wish Nair, series writer Andrew Davies and the BBC had been braver and simply set the entire show in languages authentic to the setting and time.
A lavish, if predictable offering from Mira Nair: Says The Hindu| There is no dearth of stereotypes in Mira Nair’s adaptation of Vikram Seth’s 1993 doorstopper. From a stampede and communal riots to the courtesan with a heart of gold, the passionate lover to the rough-and-ready son of the soil who probably will get the girl in the end, the slimy politician to the feckless youth and the long-suffering mother, they all wander about the beautifully-appointed frames of the BBC show.
Kiron Chopra says: A Suitable Boy, brilliantly shot in my hometown Lucknow and curated with the inimitable passion and talent of Mira Nair and her wonderful team. A journey into that part of India’s history, when we were grappling with a new found independence. A simple and wonderful slice of an India that still is part of nostalgia but brought alive by Mira. Had a small role to play and it was an unforgettable experience.