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Acorn TV has announced its acquisition of the exclusive US and Canadian rights for A Suitable Boy in a deal brokered by Lookout Point.

A Suitable Boy
A Suitable Boy: Tanya Maniktala as Lata and Mahira Kakkar Mrs. Rupa Mehra — Photo by Supriya Kantak © Lookout Point, courtesy of Acorn TV

Based on the classic novel of the same name by Vikram Seth, who is an Executive Producer, A Suitable Boy is an epic tale of life and love set in vibrant 1950s India. It tells the story of spirited university student Lata Mehra as she comes of age 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.

The six-part drama stars Indian screen legend Tabu (The Namesake, Life of Pi, Andhadhun) alongside Bollywood leading man Ishaan Khatter (Beyond the Clouds, Dhadak) and rising star Tanya Maniktala.

Nineteen-year-old university student Lata (Tanya Maniktala) seems to have her life already mapped out, thanks to old traditions and an overbearing mother who wants to find her a suitable husband. Torn between romance and responsibility and inspired by rebellious writers and daring new ideas, Lata is determined to decide her own future in a newly independent India, boldly breaking free of its past.

Connected to Lata through their siblings’ marriage is the wayward Maan (Ishaan Khatter), who wants every drop of excitement from life. However when he becomes infatuated with the glamorous courtesan Saaeda Bai (Tabu), the consequences could be catastrophic…

Acorn TV will premiere A Suitable Boy in both the US and Canada beginning Monday, December 7, 2020.

A Suitable Boy is adapted by two-time Emmy®-winning screenwriter and executive producer Andrew Davies (Pride And Prejudice, War And Peace, House of Cards) and directed by internationally-acclaimed, Academy Award®-nominated film director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake, Salaam Bombay!) in her television series debut. Nair also serves as an executive producer.

Shot entirely across stunning locations in India, the drama, the first-ever television series to close the Toronto International Film Festival and to be part of the “Special Presentations” at the AFI Fest, is produced by Lookout Point (War And Peace, Les Misérables, Gentleman Jack) alongside BBC Studios. Additional executive producers include Faith Penhale, Laura Lankester, and Will Johnston for Lookout Point; Lydia Dean Pilcher and Aradhana Seth, who were also the producers of the series; and Mona Qureshi and Ayela Butt for the BBC.


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A Suitable Boy: Acorn TV Acquires Period Drama for the US & Canada
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