A Suitable Boy Review: Collaboration of socio political love story that broadens Indian Culture

Mira Nair brings out the unique pair Ishaan Khatter and Tabu and newcomer Taniya Maniktala in a lead role. The cast tries to share the screentime and brings the pure essence of Vikram Seth forbidden romantic novel title ' A Suitable Boy'.

By Pratibha Pahariya, Updated : Oct 23, 2020 13:43 IST
A Suitable Boy Review: Collaboration of socio political love story that broadens Indian Culture
A Suitable Boy starring Tabu and Ishaan Khatter

Cast: Tabu, Ishaan Khatter, Tanya Maniktala, Rasika Dugal, Mahira Kakkar, Ram Kapoor

Director: Mira Nair

Where to watch: Netflix 

Ratings: 3.5/5

A Suitable Boy by Mira Nair an ace filmmaker brings the essence of Indian culture. Architectural, socio-political issues, and so on. A Suitable Boy review is the teamwork of all the characters which brings the element of the 1990s. The story review as all suitors will drown into a colonial hangover. 

A Suitable Boy Review: Characters magnified the arc of the story

As the seductive courtesan, Saeeda Bai aka Tabu is, as always, magnetic and spreads her charm on screen. She has been notably known for her intense acting. 

Ishaan Khatter played the role of Maan Kapoor and there is an easy charm to his scenes with Tabu, a hint of shame in his eyes when he’s emasculated by his father, and a wave of visible anger when he finally finds his calling. He clearly justified his part and showcases the outrageous attitude in the series. 

Whereas Tanya Maniktala aka Lata is positively enchanting, and her rom-com-inspired arc is relatively more relaxed than Maan’s, which makes the occasional feeling into political territory. 

Several characters bring the socio-political element in the story and are admired by fans as adapting Vikram Seth's novel is not an easy task. In Vikram Seth's novel, there are hundreds of characters but Mira Nair tries to collapse the characters and brings out the main agenda of the story. 

A Suitable Boy Plot review: The plot brings the element of Indian Culturization

There are a lot of things going on in the first episode. Four large families, the birth of Hindu nationalism, an upcoming general election, the requisite music and dancing, and first and foremost – this is India, and a Davies adaptation, after all – a wedding.

The main point of representing single-minded thoughts of Indian mothers is broadly explained during the 90s. Tanya Maniktala plays the role of Lata Mehra, a spirited university student, who is preparing for her sister’s arranged marriage as her mother warns her that she, too, “will marry a boy I choose”. Somehow, they take center-stage and stay there for longer than Lata and her quest for the perfect suitor. 

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The musical score was great for Nair, she even thanked the cast of A suitable Boy and said, “And Tabu makes it look so apparently easy but everything has been well thought through and looks like it’s never happened before." The music score was inherited by actor-musician Namit Das. he also plays a character in the series as Haresh Khanna. 

Overall we can review it as a story of colonial rule and embraces the love of the 90s era. majorly fans expect more from Mira Nair as she is one of the quintessential filmmaker and storyteller. Fo all those who loved the colonial period genre, then it is must watch.