Mira Nair, acclaimed director, known for films like ‘Salaam Bombay’ and ‘The Namesake’, is all set to adapt author Vikram Seth’s book ‘A Suitable Boy’ into a series. The director has cast Tabu and Ishaan Khatter in the series, along with newcomer Tanya Maniktala. The good news is that the movie goes on floors on 7 September 2019!
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The adaptation will be shot in parts of Lucknow and Maheshwar, as well as other locations in Northern India.
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Vikram Seth’s novel A Suitable Boy is based on the story of a spirited college student, Lata, who is coming of age around the time of Independent India’s first general elections as the country gets ready to vote. Lata‘s mother, meanwhile, is searching for a suitable husband for her.
Tabu is excited to be a part of the series in which she will be essaying the role of courtesan Saeeda Bai. She said about the collaboration, “Having worked with Mira previously in The Namesake, I am looking forward to another creatively challenged experience.”
Mira Nair feels honoured to be the one doing the job of adapting Vikram Seth’s novel. She feels the story is more appropriate than ever in today’s day and age. “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. Today, ‘A Suitable Boy’ is timelier than ever.”
She added, “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.”