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A Suitable Boy will begin on BBC One this Sunday evening (July 26) at 9pm as viewers are transported to the world of Vikram Seth’s novel. Ahead of airing, Express.co.uk has all you need to know about the cast of characters, including some insight from the actors themselves.
Who is in the cast of A Suitable Boy?
Lata Mehra – Tanya Maniktala
Rising star Tanya Maniktala was hand-picked by the show’s director Mira Nair to play the lead role in the new series.
She plays Lata Mehra, a young university student in the 1950s who wants to lead an independent life rather than settling down as her mother wants.
The only other role Maniktala has starred in is as Ishita in an online series called Flames.
At a recent virtual press launch for the show, the star said of her role: “[She is] a girl in the 1950s, who does not really want to be portrayed in a certain way.
“She wants to find our own voice and she is willing to go any length for that.
“So I felt like I wanted to do that with Lata. I wanted to bring that fierceness within her.”
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Maan Kapoor – Ishaan Khatter
Bollywood leading man Ishaan Khatter stars in the series as Maan Kapoor who is Lata’s brother-in-law.
He falls in love with courtesan Saeeda Bai (played by Tabu) in the show and has to deal with his family’s disapproval.
Speaking at the recent screening attended by Express.co.uk, Khatter said: “It’s a really extraordinary character.
“When I gave my first audition for the part, I was only given one scene to read and that scene in itself was so compelling that I was intrigued to find out more about this guy and why he behaves the way he does and who he is.
“So right off the back, he was one of the most interesting characters I’ve had the pleasure of meeting for.”
Fans of Bollywood films will recognise the actor from his roles in Dhadak, Beyond the Clouds and Half Widow.
Saeeda Bai – Tabu
Award-winning Indian star Tabu also appears in the new BBC drama as a courtesan and musician called Saeeda Bai.
Speaking about her role at the recent press launch she described how she wanted to come on board the project to work with director Nair.
She said: “[The role] excited me because it was her and because of the character and because of the legacy that the book had.”
Tabu added about her character: “She is a courtesan so she is not really part of mainstream society so she has a world of her own.”
The actor has previously starred in Life of Pi, Andhadhun, Haider, Golmaal Again and Drishyam.
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Firoz Ali Khan – Shubham Saraf
Shubham Saraf plays Maan’s best friend Firoz Ali Khan in the new adaptation.
He previously appeared in Bodyguard as Tahir and has previously starred in Fresh Meat and Criminal.
Rupa Mehra – Mahira Kakkar
Mahira Kakkar plays Lata’s mother Rupa Mehra in the new drama who is determined to help find her a “suitable boy.”
Kakkar is best known for her roles in The Blacklist, Blue Bloods and Orange is the New Black.
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Savita Mehra Kapoor – Rasika Dugal
Lata’s older sister Savita Mehra Kapoor is played by actress Rasika Dugal.
Dugal has previously starred in series like Dehli Crime on Netflix and Made in Heaven on Amazon’s Prime Video.
Kabir Durrani – Danesh Razvi
Danesh Razvi plays Kabir Durrani in the show who fans of the book will know is one of Lata’s love interests.
Much like Maniktala, this is Razvi’s first major on-screen acting role.
A Suitable Boy begins on BBC One on Sunday, July 26 at 9pm.
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