A Suitable Boy: Is It As Good As The Book?

A Suitable Boy‘ is a drama series directed by Mira Nair and written by Andrew Davies. It is based on the popular novel of the same name by Vikram Seth. Also, What’s the book about? Is the series worth the watch? Read on to find out all the answers.

A Suitable Boy: The Book

Published in 1933, the book is considered to be one of the finest works of the author, Vikram Seth. It is also known to be one of the longest novels ever published in the English language. The novel has 19 parts each of which deals with a different subplot. On 5 November 2019, BBC News named it on its list of ‘100 most inspiring novels‘. As of 26 July 2020, a drama series adapting the novel is out on BBC TV.


A Suitable Boy: The TV Series

A six-part TV series has been announced for the big screen adaption of the popular novel. The story plot is the same as that depicted in the book by Vikram Seth. The story revolves around four families in the post-Independence era in India. The central character is Lata, whose mother decides to find a “suitable boy” for Lata’s marriage. The story highlights many social, national, and political issues faced during that era.

After the first episode’s broadcasting, people have poured in various reviews about the series. There have been extraordinary reviews stating that this is the best period drama film on BBC TV to date. On the other hand, the ardent readers of the book feel that 6 chapters won’t be able to do justice to this lengthy yet brilliant novel.

Is the Series as good as the Book?

Firstly, Mira Nair’s beautiful direction, and Andrew’s traditional adaption of the novel is worth appreciating. The vastness in the characters portrayed by the talented actors also gives it an upper hand. The stunning locations and pompous sets, shooted in various Indian cities are also good.

A scene from A Suitable Boy
Source: BBC

The cast speaks English most of the time, with some pinch of Urdu and Hindi. The bright costumes, the background music, and screenplay create a marvel of storytelling most of the British viewers will have never seen before.

Thus, ‘A Suitable Boy’ can be termed as one of the best drama series BBC has ever had. To draw a conclusion about its faithfulness to the novel’s glory, we have to wait and watch all the six chapters. Also, ‘A Suitable Boy’ series will release on the streaming platform Netflix soon.

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