Actors Rasika Dugal, Namit Das, Gagan Dev Riar, Danesh Razvi, Mikhail Sen and Mahira Kakkar have joined the star cast of filmmaker Mira Nairs upcoming A Suitable Boy. They have joined the previous-announced cast members -- Tabu, Ishaan Khatter and newcomer Tanya Maniktala. A Lookout Point production for BBC One, A Suitable Boy will be the first screen adaptation of Vikram Seth’s international bestseller of the same name. It has been penned by screenwriter Andrew Davies.
A Suitable Boy tells the story of spirited university student Lata (Tanya) in 1951 at the same time as the country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation and is about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election. It is a tale charting the fortunes of four large families and exploring India and its rich and varied culture at a crucial point in its history. Rasika will be seen as Lata’s sister Savita, who is married to Pran, played by Mumbai based-theatre actor and director Gagan.
“I have always been mesmerised by Mira Nair’s films. The attention to every person in her frame, the sensitivity, gentleness and fun in her work had always driven me to watch her films again and again… She is such a kind and vibrant person. Working with her has been on my bucketlist. And there couldn’t be more joy than to do so with a book like ‘A Suitable Boy’,” Rasika said. Ishaan plays Maan Kapoor who is connected to Lata through their siblings’ marriage. Tabu plays the beautiful courtesan Saaeda Bai whom Maan becomes dangerously infatuated with.Danesh will be seen as a star cricketer Kabir, while Mikhail will take on the role of eccentric poet Amit. Namit essays role of ambitious shoemaker Haresh. Mahira will be seen as Lata’s mother. The six-part series, which will be distributed by BBC Studios, is being filmed at a number of locations across India.