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A Suitable Boy actor Tanya Maniktala: Lata will inspire many young girls even today

A copywriter who was preparing to go to Melbourne for her higher studies, one day, landed on the sets of A Suitable Boy, directed by Mira Nair, as the lead character Lata Mehra. Ever since, largely unknown Tanya Maniktala came to be known as the star of what is inarguably the most exciting text-to-screen adaptation of Indian fiction in recent times. Based on Vikram Seth’s monumental work of the same name, A Suitable Boy is Lata’s story set in 1951 in the backdrop of a post-independence India, where her widowed mother is looking for ‘a suitable boy’ for her. Besides Maniktala, the show also features Tabu, Ishaan KhatterShahana Goswami, Ram Kapoor, Rasika Dugal, Vijay Varma, Namit Shah, Mikhail Sen and Randeep Hooda among others.

Hours ahead of the show’s release on Netflix, Maniktala is nervous about her family and friends watching her on screen. She says they will be her biggest critics. Slipping into the central role of Lata, the 23-year-old Delhi girl spoke to  about being Lata and why the character and story are still relevant.

Excerpts from the conversation:

The show has already garnered global recognition after airing on BBC, but how excited are you abou

a suitable boyMira Nair’s A Suitable Boy will stream on Netflix on October 23. (Photo: Tanya Maniktala/Instagram)

A copywriter who was preparing to go to Melbourne for her higher studies, one day, landed on the sets of A Suitable Boy, directed by Mira Nair, as the lead character Lata Mehra. Ever since, largely unknown Tanya Maniktala came to be known as the star of what is inarguably the most exciting text-to-screen adaptation of Indian fiction in recent times. Based on Vikram Seth’s monumental work of the same name, A Suitable Boy is Lata’s story set in 1951 in the backdrop of a post-independence India, where her widowed mother is looking for ‘a suitable boy’ for her. Besides Maniktala, the show also features Tabu, Ishaan KhatterShahana Goswami, Ram Kapoor, Rasika Dugal, Vijay Varma, Namit Shah, Mikhail Sen and Randeep Hooda among others.

Hours ahead of the show’s release on Netflix, Maniktala is nervous about her family and friends watching her on screen. She says they will be her biggest critics. Slipping into the central role of Lata, the 23-year-old Delhi girl spoke to  about being Lata and why the character and story are still relevant.

Excerpts from the conversation:

The show has already garnered global recognition after airing on BBC, but how excited are you about the Indian reaction

I am extremely excited about the Netflix release. Engaging with a much wider audience, especially in India, makes my heart palpate. Deep inside, I am more nervous than being excited. Even though I am humbled by the global recognition, I am bracing myself for the Indian reaction and what’s coming next. My family, who is just coming to terms with me becoming an actor, will be my biggest critics. For now, I am pacifying myself and trying to be calm about it.

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