Meet the lead characters of the BBC’s new 1950s’ Indian drama, A Suitable Boy
The show is based on a novel written by Vikram Seth
A TV adaption of Vikram Seth’s novel, A Suitable Boy has quickly become a sensationally binge worthy show. Set in the North of India in 1951, the show tells the story of Lata Mehra, who is an independent, strong spirited university student.
The show has received glowing reviews from the critics, and boasts an all-Asian cast which is made up from a selection of talented South Asian actors.
The show is very much a combination of a coming of age story and a period drama, and like any Indian drama, topics of love, marriage, family drama and history are all explored in the show. With beautiful scenery, costumes and sets, the show offers a great insight into what life was like for South Asians in the 50’s.
It’s no secret that this show is a huge success, so let’s get to know the two protagonists of the show.
Having only graduated in 2018 with an English Literature degree from the University of Delhi, Tanya began working as a creative copywriter in advertising. She was asked to audition for a production by a friend which subsequently landed her a lead role in A Suitable Boy, which is only her second ever on screen role.
Aged 24, Ishaan is already a household name in Bollywood as he’s starred in various films from a young age, and even has a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He is the son of actors Rajest Khattar and Neelima Azeem. You may recognise him, as he featured as a child star in the film Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!
Saraf is a British actor who has featured in a number of British shows such as the Bodyguard, Fresh Meat and Criminal:UK. In A Suitable Boy he plays the lively character of Firoz.
Shanana is a Delhi born actress who is now based in Paris. Having dreamt of being on the big screen as a young child, Goswami was an active member in theatre groups and worked as a production assistant before eventually moving on to acting.