INDIA. A Suitable Boy, directed by Mira Nair, based on Vikram Seth’s 1993 novel of the same name is now streaming on Netflix. Set in 1951-52 India, the six episode miniseries follows a young girl named Lata (essayed by newcomer Tanya Maniktala) whose domineering mother desperately wants her to get married to a suitable boy. The miniseries also stars Tabu, Ishaan Khatter, Rasika Dugal, Ram Kapoor, Shahana Goswami, Namit Das, Vivaan Shah, Randeep Hooda, Vivek Gomber, Aamir Bashir, Manoj Pahwa, and Vijay Varma in important roles.
Music and dance have always been an integral part of our rich culture. A Suitable Boy is rare series that offers a sumptuous blend of beautifully woven storyline, promising performances and elements of music and dance. Set in a newly post-independence, post-partition India, it follows a riveting narrative that captivates the audiences till the very end. An important and stunning element of the narrative has been the music and dance forms of the era. A Suitable Boy offers up an array of Indian and Western dance forms like Jive, ChaCha, Merengue, Samba, Kathak and Tango.
Each of these styles requires heavy training, perfection and finesse. The story demanded the depiction of these beautiful dance forms and the actors performed them with much ease and flare. Popular choreographer and founder of VR Dancesport, Rajeswari Vaidyanathan, who choreographed the sequences in the series explains, “From Latin Ballroom to Jive and Samba, the training for A Suitable Boy was super intensive, but all the actors put their best foot forward to look their part and sync to the rhythms.”
There is no denying that Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy brings Vikram Seth’s words into play with a magnificent set, splendid music and dance forms thus making it an enriching and culturally diverse experience for audiences and fans.
Watch the trailer of ‘A Suitable Boy’ here