Tabu Seems Ethereal in Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy. What Are the Reviews Saying?

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Tabu Seems Ethereal in Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy. What Are the Reviews Saying?

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

It’s rare to come across book adaptations that translate to the screen with the same thrill and emotion that a reader experiences while indulging in a written story. However, Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy, based on Vikram Seth’s popular novel of the same name, has been welcomed with raving reviews and we can’t help but be excited!

The first episode of the six-part series premiered on BBC One on Sunday night and social media has since been abuzz on seeing one of their favourite stories come to life.

For starters, filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh was left both happy and deeply impressed with the pilot episode. “[…] dil khush ho gaya,” he stated in a tweet.

Termed as a “modern classic” by Nair, A Suitable Boy tells the story for four families in the years following the Indian Independence and Partition. Shot predominantly in Lucknow, the stunning locations and high production value left viewers in awe.

Historian William Dalrymple could barely hold back his congratulations, as he complimented Nair on her series dubbing it “a hit!”

Also, can we take a moment to appreciate these stills of Tabu from the series? Magnetic indeed!

With an assembled cast of 113 actors, with Tabu, Ishaan Khatter, newbie Tanya Maniktala, Rasika Dugal, and Ram Kapoor in the lead, A Suitable Boy is being looked upon as a “milestone for Asian representation” in the western media.

Besides its lavish production and brilliant casting, the miniseries is also being lauded for its music score, co-written by Anoushka Shankar.

But not everyone is impressed. A Suitable Boy has attracted criticisms, largely due to the actors’ accents and for the enforced stereotyping of Indians.

Critic Raja Sen said he was mortified.

Others are less than impressed by the adaptation being limited to far-too-short-to-be-true-to-the-original six episodes.

Even so, we can’t wait to have a look at A Suitable Boy by ourselves! Can Netflix hurry up and give us a date already. There’s much to look forward to.

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