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Ishaan romances Tabu in A Suitable Boy trailer

By MOUMITA BHATTACHARJEE
July 13, 2020 10:22 IST
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'The trailer is lavishly sprinkled with their romantic and steamy scenes, but they don't get you very invested in their relationship,' says Moumita Bhattacharjee.

IMAGE: Ishan Khattar with Tanya Maniktala in A Suitable Boy.

Mira Nair's A Suitable Boy -- a screen adaptation of Vikram Seth's 1993 bestseller -- narrates the story of a woman's journey to choose who she gets married to.

Set in 1951-1952 -- novelist Vikram Seth, by the way, was born in June 1952 -- A Suitable Boy features Tabu, who worked with Mira on The Namesake, Ishaan Khattar, Ram Kapoor, Rasika Duggal, Namit Das, who featured in the musical version of Mira's Monsoon Wedding, and others.

 

Newcomer Tanya Maniktala plays Lata, the young woman come of age, who is at the heart of A Suitable Boy.

Her mother wants her married -- to well, a suitable boy -- and Lata goes from not being interested in marriage to courting the wrong man.

The backdrop of an India, preparing for its first general election, gives the girl-meets-boys story depth.

There has been much talk about Ishaan and Tabu's March-November romance in the film.

The trailer is lavishly sprinkled with their romantic and steamy scenes, but they don't get you very invested in their relationship.

The old-world charm of 1950s India -- the saris, the train journeys, the soirees of the rich... -- seen in the trailer interested me more than Lata's love story, which the preview doesn't do a particularly good job of highlighting.

A Suitable Boy will be telecast on BBC One from July 26. I hope the six-part series will be avalable on our screens soon.

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