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BBC commissions adaptation of A Suitable Boy

From left to right: Ishaan Khatter, Tabu, Tanya Maniktala (Credit: BBC)

The six-part drama is the first screen adaptation of the novel and will be shot entirely on location in palaces, villages and streets in Northern India.

The story follows Lata, played by rising star Tanya Maniktala, a spirited university student, coming of age in North India in 1951.

At the same time the country is going through significant change, getting ready for its first democratic general election and adjusting to life as an independent nation.