Rasika Dugal has joined Mira Nair’s adaptation of Vikram Seth’s “A Suitable Boy,” also starring Tabu, Ishaan Khatter, debutante Tanya Maniktala and Vijay Varma.
The six-part BBC series tells the story of spirited university student Lata (Tanya Maniktala) in 1951, at the same time as the country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation and is about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election. It is a tale charting the fortunes of four large families and exploring India and its rich and varied culture at a crucial point in its history.
Duggal plays Lata’s sister Savita, who is married to Pran, played by Mumbai based-theater actor and director Gagan Dev Riar.
Duggal was to join the cast in Lucknow from Oct. 6 for a month-long schedule. “Working with Mira Nair has been on my bucket list, news reports quoted Duggal as saying. “I have always been taken in by the attention to every person in her frame,” she said. “There are very few films which are made with a lot of sensitivity and a lot of fun – and all her films are that for me.” Duggal said that when she had an opportunity to meet Nair in New York few years back, “it was clear that the fun in her films came from her spunk and infectious enthusiasm.”
A BBC One adaptation, the series has also cast Namit Das, Danesh Razvi, Mikhail Sen and Mahira Kakkar. Razvi will be seen as a star cricketer Kabir, while Sen will take on the role of eccentric poet Amit. Das essays role of ambitious shoemaker Haresh, and Kakkar will be seen as Lata's mother. Khatter plays Maan Kapoor who is connected to Lata through their siblings' marriage. Tabu plays the beautiful courtesan Saaeda Bai whom Maan becomes dangerously infatuated with.