Vikram Seth’s much celebrated novel, A Suitable Boy, is now being adapted into a mini series by BBC. The novel, set in Colonial Era India, revolves around a wealthy and traditional Indian family looking for a groom for their young and sprightly daughter while she falls in love with someone from another religion.
While the premise of the plot seems cliched at first glance, it is far from it. The original novel spans over 1500 pages, with numerous, extremely well fleshed out characters. It is one of the largest books by an Indian author, and was very well received by critics and readers alike. Written like a myth, the TV show, written by Andrew Davies and directed by Mira Nair has an excellent roster of immensely talented actors like Tabu, Ram Kapoor, Ishaan Khatter, Tanya Maniktala and Rasika Dugal.
There is a certain air of exoticism to the trailer, but not in a bad way. The cinematography seems incredibly beautiful, with an abundance of warm tones. While set in India, the medium of language is English. The mini series certainly looks very promising, with excellent actors, great cinematography, and a plot that is guaranteed to be good. The critical reception is completely dependent on whether they were able to adapt the long and winding plot into a small mini series.
A Suitable boy will start screening from July 26 on BBC and Apple TV.
Watch the trailer here –