A Suitable Boy

 

John Dryden’s award-winning radio adaptation of Vikram Seth’s epic love story…

 

 

 

Recorded in Pune, India over three weeks in Sept/October 2001, it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in five parts on 3rd-31st March 2002.

“……The drama highlight of the year…this sumptuous production, wonderfully atmospheric, written with pace and performed, by an all-Indian cast, quite superbly. The novel may be vast but I was convinced by this version right from the start. Magnificent drama.” Radio Times

“…A Suitable Boy sounds as much like India as it’s possible to get without actually going there…” Time Out

“…It has just as much colour, atmosphere and excitement as the highly acclaimed Indian filmMonsoon Wedding. Lata is the equivalent of Elizabeth Bennet – cool, ironic, independent without, all passion within. I’m almost in love with her myself.” Sue Arnold, The Observer

“…This was absolutely involving radio from then opening minutes…” The Guardian

WINNER of The Spoken Word Awards – Best Production

WINNER of The Spoken Word Awards – The Drama Award

SHORT-LISTED Book of the Year Awards (2002) – Audio Category

TRAILER: 

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LOVE THEME by Sacha Puttnam:

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PURCHASE A SUITABLE BOY

Cast

Lata – Ayesha Dharker

Mrs Rupa Mehra – Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal

Haresh – Rahul Bose

Amit – Rajat Kapoor

Kabir – Purab Kohli

Sahgal – Roshan Seth

Maan – Pushan Kripalani

Savita – Ayeesha Menon

Pran – Joy Sengupta

Mahesh Kapoor – Noshirwad Jehangir

Mrs Kapoor – Meher Jehangir

Saeda Bai – Ila Arun

Arun – Farid Currim

Meenakshi – Radhika da Cunha

Firoz – Quasar Thakore Pdamsee

Malti – Lovleen Mishra

Varun – Kunal Roy Kapoor

Billy – Antony Zaki

Bish – Shi Grewal

Professor Mishra – Noel Godin

Kalpana – Devika Shahane

Other parts: Devika Shanane, Sanjeev Vatsa, Nadir Khan, Quasar Thakore Padamsee, Ella Atai, Gerson da Cunha, Firdausi Jussawalla,  Molina Sing and  Darshan Jariwalla.

Music – Sacha Putnum, Raiomond Mirza and Nick Russell-Pavier.

Musicians – Harmonium, Maqdool Hussain;  Tabla, Tahia Hussain Khan; Swarlee, Iqbal Warsi

Singer –  Ila Arun

Production

Casting – Uma da Cunha and Noel Godin

Production manager – Nadir Khan

Location manager – Pushan Kripalani

Sound assistant –  Siddharth Siba

Assistant director – Toral Shah

Script editor – Mike Walker

Sound design - Nick Russell-Pavier

Dramatised, Produced and Directed by John Dryden

A Goldhawk Production for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Worldwide.

 

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