The BBC adaptation of Vikram Seth’s acclaimed novel “A Suitable Boy” will feature Tabu, Ishaan Khatter, Tanya Maniktala among others, BBC announced in a press release.
Directed by Mira Nair and adapted by veteran writer Andrew Davies, this six-part series takes place in post partition, post- independence India.
While Maniktala will be seen in the lead role of Lata, the university student who is torn between three suitors, Khatter will play Lata’s brother, Maan, who is enamored of the courtesan Saaeda Bai (Tabu).
Seth’s 1349 paged novel published in 1993, is set in 1951, four years after Independence and a year before the first general election.
It takes on social and political issues like Hindu-Muslim strife, class struggle, family relations among others. The filming is set to begin in September, while the series is expected to be released in 2020. The series marks Nair’s debut on television. Her most recent film was “Queen of Katwe” in 2016.