Release Date: 26 July 2020
Genre: Period Drama, Romance, Family
Director: Mira Nair
Writer: Andrew Davies
Stars: Tanya Maniktala, Vivek Gomber, Ishaan Khattar
Lata, an eligible bachelor just out of university in 1950s India and Maan who is the spoiled kid of the revenue minister. Their parents are hell-bent to get them settled but fate has something else written for them as they fall in love with someone really special. The story is based on the book of Vikram Seth “A Suitable Boy”.
BBC One came with A Suitable Boy on the 26th of July with weekly episodes on their channel. It is the first time an Indian – based story is being telecasted on international television platform, because of this platform most of the dialogues are in English.
The show follows the setup of how India was coping with a republican government in 1951. Parallelly we also get into the lives of Lata and Maan who are interrelated to each other because of their brother and sister. The families in the show have quite many connections. Lata is an excellent literature student in Brahmpur University and brings first division score in her graduation while on the other hand, Maan is the most irresponsible son who only knows to create chaos in the family. He gets this veto power because of his father’s important position as a revenue minister.
It is only 3 episodes down but the story has proceeded to a great extent. It is really good and with a powerful cast like this, the quality just goes to another level. The setup of the show is unique and it gives you a unique feeling of how early independent India was. They try to cover a variety of issues in this show like patriarchy, poverty, oppression of women, and many more.
The characters are well – crafted and written with care. I am loving Lata and Shaheeda Begum’s character at the moment. They are some great examples of rebellious women of that time.
This series is available on BBC Iplayer and BBC one website. It is still unclear where and when all the episodes will be available in India and Netflix.
Till then do check out these episodes, you are up for a historical and amazing ride of early independent India and its anecdotes.
Final Score – [9/10]
In case you are interested in watching this series, Here is the trailer for the same:
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