Ishaan Khatter on ‘A Suitable Boy’: “This is one story that couldn’t be watered down”

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Mira Nair’s much awaited TV adaptation of Vikram Seth’s novel ‘A Suitable Boy’ took to air on BBC One over the weekend. The period drama stars Ishaan Khatter as Maan Kapoor and Tabu as Saeeda Bai.

Talking about dealing with taboos in society and breaking away from the norm, Khatter was cited in Mid-Day saying, “One has to be free in their creative expression. Within the narrative itself, it’s not a common phenomenon for someone as young as Maan to be in a passionate relationship with Saeeda bai. That’s what makes it extraordinary.”

Talking about Nair’s fusion of an older woman-younger man romance, gay abandon and sensitivity, Khatter is hoping that the series challenges the usual taboos with unconventional love stories.

He said, “We have many taboos in our society. Through films and art, we can start a dialogue and bring in a new point of view. Mira is not the kind of director who believes in spoon-feeding the audience; she tells her stories unabashedly. This [Maan-Saeeda romance] is one story that couldn’t be watered down.”

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