Both A Suitable Boy and Lovecraft Country are set in the ‘50s, in strange yet similar spaces. All the allegations of inattentive stereotyping in Lovecraft Country right down to the magic negro comparison make sense.
From a run and public riots to the mistress with a heart of gold, the emotional lover to the rough-and-ready son of the soil who apparently will get the girl in the end, the muddy politician to the youth and the long-suffering mother, they all roam about the beautifully-appointed stages of the BBC show.
The records of two main actors form the spine of the show. Lata played by Tanya Maniktala is a college student looking for a prospective boyfriend, pushed by her mother, is as lost as India at a time when the nation is coming of age after Independence.
Concurrently, her brother-in-law Maan played by Ishaan Khatter approaches an older Muslim mistress Saeeda played by Tabu, much to the chagrin of his father Maheep played by Ram Kapoor. He is the Revenue Minister and he is gearing up to fight in India’s first democratic general election.
The series moves quickly and looks lovely. Vinay Pathak dons the offensive Home Minister. Ranvir Shorey plays Waris who stands against Mahesh in the public election.
Randeep Hooda is the sophisticated Billy Irani and Vivaan Shah as Lata’s youngest brother Varun are definitely first-class.
Yes, A Suitable Boy is expected and there is the distress of seeing these lives of privilege where Schubert and Shakespeare tour lightly off the tongue.
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