I don’t know where to begin gushing about this one , so panoramic is its scope and so delightful its literary charms. Vikram seth’s 800000 word magnum opus turned into a beautiful television drama is a must watch. A suitable boy, is a vast, panoramic tale charting the fortunes of Lata mehra and her wooers. Set in 1950s and portrayed with a forceful simplicity, it covers 18 months in the entwined lives of four families – The Mehras, Kapoors, Chatterjis and Khans .
Directed by Mira Nair and adapted by Andrew Davies from Vikram Seth’s novel of the same name. Set in North India during the 1950s, it’s a journey into that part of Indian History, when we were grappling with a new found independence. The drama mainly focuses on how an ideal mother of an Indian girl tries to find a suitable groom for her younger daughter, Lata. The ordeal of choosing a suitable groom from the selected people by her mother, without hurting anyones feelings, is well played by Tanya Maniktala.
The story is a rollercoaster of several emotions . Love, betrayal, brotherhood, religious conflict, every emotion has been brilliantly portrayed by the talented starcast Tabu, Ram Kapoor, Ishaan khattar, Tanya Maniktala and Rasika Duggal in pivotal roles.
A Suitable Boy is not a mere “Partition Novel” or “Hindu-Muslim story”. It has much more to offer to its viewers, only if you are patient enough to reach the end. Mira Nair has jokily called A Suitable Boy “ The crown in brown”. The production values are high, the performances poised and stunning locations, from the busy markets of Kolkata to the fictional university town of Brahmpur. When you reach the end I am sure you will wonder what a suitable girl would be like!
-By Shayoshree Dey