Actor Ishaan Khatter made an impressive debut with Karan Johar’s ‘Dhadak’, opposite Janhvi Kapoor, last year. But ever since then the actor hasn’t announced his next project. But now, the young actor has finally revealed that will be seen in filmmaker Mira Nair's screen adaptation of Vikram Seth classic 'A Suitable Boy'. The actor revealed that he will play the role of Mann Singh in the adaptation.
Ishaan announced the news of bagging the role in Mira's next on social media.
"Elated to announce that I'll be playing Maan Kapoor in Mira Nair's and BBC One's official adaptation of Vikram Seth's 'A Suitable Boy'. It's not only my pleasure but an honour to be working on this illustrious material alongside such distinguished artists and technicians led by the indomitable Mira Nair. I hope I can satisfy her vision and give the global audience the character they deserve in Maan," he wrote alongside a series of photos of his co-actors.
Other than Ishaan the series also stars newcomer Tanya Maniktala, Tabu, Shefali Shah, Randeep Hooda and Vijay Raaz.
Mira Nair revealed several cast details in an interview to Film Companion at the Cannes Film Festival: "Tabu plays Saeeda Bai, the courtesan based on Begum Akhtar. Randeep Hooda, my discovery from Monsoon Wedding, is this cool stud in Calcutta called Billy Irani. Shefali Shah, a wonderful actor, plays Rupa Mehra, the mother of the young woman, for whom she wants the suitable boy. Vivaan Shah plays this wastrel lout who turns good. We're in talks with Naseeruddin Shah, we hope he'll play a major role. We are in talks with several people; some total discoveries. I just recently cast Vijay Varma, from Gully Boy: he plays a very important role, of Rashid. And Vijay Raaz, my wonderful PK Dubey from Monsoon Wedding. And Vivek Gomber plays a very important role."
Speaking about adapting A Suitable Boy, Mira Nair said, "Vikram tells the story of a free India and our people with wit, clarity and love - I am deeply honoured to be the one bringing this intimate, epic tale of an unseen India to the world."
She added, "Today, A Suitable Boy is timelier than ever. With a mix of legendary and cutting-edge actors from the subcontinent, shooting entirely on location in palaces, villages and streets across northern India, we will keep the history and dream of an alternate India alive."
Meanwhile, Tabu, who has earlier worked with Mira Nair in The Namesake, told IANS, "I'm very happy to be working on A Suitable Boy and especially with Mira. Having worked with her on The Namesake, I look forward to one more creatively charged experience," Tabu said.
'A Suitable Boy', set in Post-Independence India, the story is a panoramic tale charting the fortunes of four large families the same time the country was carving out its own identity as an independent nation and was about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election.
The six-part series will be distributed by BBC Studios and it will be filmed across India including in Lucknow and Maheshwar.