A Suitable Boy: Season 1 (2020)

Season 1
A Suitable Boy

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A Suitable Boy's concise approach to its sprawling source material may leave fans wanting, but stunning set pieces and charming performances make for a suitable introduction.



Critic Ratings: 29


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User Ratings: 5

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Air date: Dec 7, 2020

In newly independent India, passionate literature student Lata Mehra is looking towards the future. Her mother, Rupa, has successfully arranged the marriage of her eldest daughter and hopes that Lata will be next, but Lata wants to make her own way in the world. Her resolve is challenged when she starts to fall for Kabir, an enigmatic fellow student

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Air date: Dec 7, 2020

Lata wants to pursue a romantic relationship with Kabir, though she knows her mother would disapprove of the match. Heartbroken, Lata attends a party in Calcutta with the sophisticated Chatterji family. Meanwhile, glamourous singer Saeeda continues her affair with her much younger lover, Maan, sparking gossip that threatens them both.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2020

Concerned by Lata's growing friendship with poet Amit Chatterji, Rupa enlists the help of a friend to find her headstrong daughter a husband, and she sees enthusiastic shoemaker Haresh Khanna as the best candidate. Banished to the countryside with his Urdu tutor, Maan becomes involved with rural politics but remains fixated on Saeeda.

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Critic Reviews for A Suitable Boy Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (15)

It's a step forward for the BBC to back a majority Indian cast, which extended to much of the production team. Next time, hire an Indian writer.

Dec 7, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A fascinating period piece that fuses elements of romantic drama and political thriller and wonders to what extent 'we can make our own happiness,' A Suitable Boy is an engrossing achievement.

Dec 3, 2020 | Full Review…

There are few living filmmakers who use colour as aggressvely as Nair, and there is no denying she delighted in the world building exercise that Seth's novel afforded her.

Nov 8, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Nair may specialize in candy for the senses, and who could blame a person, these days, for gorging themselves on it? But to the extent that A Suitable Boy transcends escapism, it's because she brought the substance along with the sparkle.

Dec 11, 2020 | Full Review…

A Suitable Boy caricatures a time and a place, squashing and stretching the motion of a sweeping narrative until it suits the action of plot instead of the magnitude of emotion.

Dec 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Boasting an outstanding cast from top to bottom, it is ultimately young Tanya Maniktala who really anchors the whole work. She is incredibly expressive, warm, and makes it easy to understand why Lata picks up admirers wherever she goes.

Dec 7, 2020 | Rating: 8.6/10 | Full Review…

A gloriously colourful period piece.

Dec 18, 2020 | Full Review…

We're looking forward to seeing more of A Suitable Boy due to some fine performances, its sprawling scope and its historic perspective.

Dec 10, 2020 | Full Review…

A Suitable Boy is always light on its feet, even when the storytelling begins to feel rushed. But maybe that's because I was so unwilling for it to end.

Dec 8, 2020 | Full Review…

The metaphors don't stand, the dialogue is entirely off-putting, and the actors remain so conscious that they're playing characters that they forget to make the viewer see them as real people.

Nov 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Mira Nair keeps describing A Suitable Boy as 'The Crown in brown'. That's reaching. 'Downton Bhaji' would have been more accurate.

Oct 22, 2020 | Full Review…

It's undeniably a net positive that A Suitable Boy exists, and that people of the Indian diaspora can see themselves represented in a major television miniseries in this way.

Sep 22, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Suitable Boy: Season 1

  • Jan 16, 2021
    You don't have to see this unless you are fond of the genre or the director or the location. The setting is striking, no pun. The choices of the filmmaker please the eye. The color, the interior and exterior keep the plot going. Mira Nair, what a director.
  • Dec 14, 2020
    bbc trying to tell story that told by non-nepo story makers in india made many times. nothing new in it. but somehow important because of the things happen in the rss ruled north Indian states

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