Actors Ram Kapoor, Shahana Goswami and Vivek Gomber have joined the star cast of filmmaker Mira Nair's “A Suitable Boy,” the BBC adaptation of Vikram Seth’s acclaimed novel of the same name.
They join the previously announced cast members — Tabu, Ishaan Khatter, newcomer Tanya Maniktala, Rasika Dugal, Namit Das, Gagan Dev Riar, Danesh Razvi, Mikhail Sen and Mahira Kakkar.
The six-part series, penned by screenwriter Andrew Davies, has already began shooting at locations across India including Lucknow.
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).
Ram Kapoor will play the role of Mahesh Kapoor. The father of the other lead character, the wayward Maan Kapoor, Mahesh is a veteran politician who fought for independence and is now marked by the years he spent in jail under British rule. Kapoor has previously worked with Nair in “Monsoon Wedding” and “Words with Gods.”
Goswami will be seen as Meenakshi, who is married to Lata's brother Arun, played by Gomber. 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 series marks Nair’s debut on television. Her most recent film was “Queen of Katwe” in 2016.