Mira Nair ropes in Tabu and Ishaan Khatter for TV adaptation of ‘A Suitable Boy’

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 12, 2019, 07.11 PM(IST)

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Mira Nair is all set to adapt Vikram Seth classic ‘A Suitable Boy’ for a special six part TV show. Filming will start in India in the coming weeks. 

Mira Nair is all set to adapt Vikram Seth classic ‘A Suitable Boy’ for a special six part TV show. And she has already zeroed in on the lead cast. Nair’s film will star Tabu, Ishaan Khatter and newcomer Taniya Maniktala- who will play the central character of Lata in the film.

Ishaan, who  who made a splash in the films ‘Beyond The Clouds’ and ‘Dhadak’ last year, took to Instagram to announce his new project which will be aired on BBC one. “Elated to announce that I’ll be playing Maan Kapoor in @pagliji ’s and @bbcone ‘s official adaptation of Vikram Seth’s ‘A Suitable Boy’. It’s not only my pleasure but an honour to be working on this illustrious material alongside such distinguished artists and technicians led by the indomitable Mira Nair. I hope I can satisfy her vision and give the global audience the character they deserve in Maan.”

"I`m very happy to be working on `A Suitable Boy`, and especially with Mira. Having worked with her on the `Namesake`, I look forward to one more creatively charged experience," Tabu said to a news agency. 

Adapted by Andrew Davies and directed by Mira and produced by Lookout Point, ‘A Suitable Boy’ will shortly begin filming in India. It is going to be a six-part BBC One drama.

‘A Suitable Boy’ tells the story of spirited university student Lata 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.

"Vikram tells the story of a free India and our people with wit, clarity and love -- I am deeply honoured to be the one bringing this intimate, epic tale of an unseen India to the world," Mira said. 

"Today, `A Suitable Boy` is timelier than ever. With a mix of legendary and cutting-edge actors from the subcontinent, shooting entirely on location in palaces, villages and streets across northern India, we will keep the history and dream of an alternate India alive."

Ishaan will be seen as Maan who is determined to enjoy life to the full whatever the consequences, much to the concern of his politician father. He is infatuated with courtesan Saaeda Bai (Tabu). 

The six-part series, which will be distributed by BBC Studios, is filming at a number of locations across India including Lucknow and Maheshwar.