Check out why Mira Nair’s Netflix mini-series, ‘A Suitable Boy’ is a suitable must watch that you can indulge in.
If you are a 90s kid or a book-lover in general, there’s no way you haven’t read or heard about A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. Netflix India has recently released the adaptation of this book as a six-part mini-series. Written by Andrew Davies and directed by Mira Nair, ‘A Suitable Boy’ is something you shouldn’t miss and we will tell you why!
This mini-series is set in the post-British period when free India was preparing for its first-ever election, back in the 1950s. From depicting the socio-political problems to religion-based conflicts and the zamindari system to how a set of prejudices captivated the different sections of the society, this adaptation does the visual story-telling job of the novel.
We have curated five reasons for you to watch this show now. Take a look!
A trip back to the 1950s:
Most of the recent shows on various platforms are pictured in a contemporary picture frame which is where ‘A Suitable Boy’ begs to differ. In this cinematic adaptation, Mira takes you back to the 50s and how! From Brahmpur to Calcutta, every frame speaks about nostalgia and that is enduring. The richness and textures of the old times are sure a feast you can feed on.
Instead of the mainstream actors, Mira Nair has carefully curated the casting team which is not just experimental and original but enchanting at the same time. From Tabu, Ram Kapur, Rasika Duggal to Ishaan Khatter, Tanya Maniktala, Kabir Durrani, this series just got a 100 on 100 when it comes to casting. This is not it, as several other talents like Shahana Goswami, Randeep Hooda, Vijay Raaz, Sheeba Chaddha, etc, appear during the show to splash some magic on screen. To watch these stars perform with their whole heart is one of the important reasons to watch A Suitable Boy.
A visual-treat to the OG book:
Calling this series a ‘treat’ compared to Vikram Seth’s novel can be an overstatement, but if you are a fan, Mira Nair’s creation can be pulsating to an extent. With clever cinematography, top-notch acting, and non-mechanical soft props, this can give you the ‘feels’. Several critics might feel otherwise, but Mira has successfully (again, to an extent) tried capturing the complexity within characters instead of simply taking with a grain of salt.
A Suitable Boy could have been a successful box office movie as it was everything that needs to capture a Bollywood fanatic. Instead, Mira chose to have it in a six-part series, all the way to do justice to the original novel. From romance, steamy scenes, high voltage dialogues, ‘bad guys’ to beautifully composed songs and ghazals, this one is all-in-one. With heavy and dark content lingering in the OTT platforms, this series can be a fresh breath of air.
Attention to details:
Mira Nair has successfully conceptualized the story about a literature student who is torn between family duty and lingering romance while three different men try to swoop her heart, but with greater nuances. This includes detailing human relationships, colors, and costumes and drafting an old India with vibrant charm and intensity in innovative old-fashioned storytelling.