The third episode of Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy is out and the story takes a good turn. While the first episode focuses on setting the ambience and the second episode was welcomed with more perspective into each character introduced in the first episode, the third episode turned out to be better than expected which premiered on BBC this week.
As we begin the journey into the third episode, there are new development with love stories. Maan Kapoor (Ishaan Khattar) reaches the countryside with Rasheed (Vijay Varma) to learn Urdu for Saeeda Bai (Tabu). In the process, he also learns about the suffering of poor and soon becomes a messiah for them. Lata (Tanya Maniktala) spends quality time with Amit but her rendezvous ends abruptly as she is called by her mother, Rupa, to meet the Haresh. The second episode also introduces to talented actors like Vijay Raaz and Ranvir Shorey whom Maan Kapoor meets in the village. Mahesh Kapoor (Ram Kapoor) does well in his political career but his family is struck by a tragedy in a stampede, which we will get to know the details in the next episode.
If you have started watching A Suitable Boy series, you will realize that the characters are being more relatable with each passing episode. You become interested to know that what is going in their lives and this is where Mira Nair has scored. She has also shown the heinous and inhuman crime of child abuse (similar to Monsoon Wedding) and we will get to know the real picture in upcoming episodes.
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Ishaan Khattar evolves and shows maturity with his character Maan. Tanya Maniktala is strong and yet shows her vulnerability with ease when she is approached by her uncle. Vijay Varma is good while Namit Das and Mahira Kakkar impresses with their characters.
While A Suitable Boy is a performance driven series, one cannot ignore the enigmatic art direction and eye-catching cinematography while background score is good. Thought the episode 3 turned out to be better than expected, we will definitely look forward to the other episodes to be aired on BBC. Good 3/5