A SUITABLE BOY Special Presentations


USA Premiere

Episodes 1-6

Before the screening, AFI FEST salutes director and activist Mira Nair this year with a special live conversation at 5:00 p.m. PDT on October 17.

1951. In a newly independent India, passionate literature student Lata Mehra defies tradition and her meddling mother’s wish to choose her a husband. Torn between family duty and the excitement of romance, Lata embarks on a journey of love and heartache as three very different men try to win her heart. Also threatening to break with tradition is the charming but directionless Maan Kapoor, whose romantic entanglements begin to jeopardize his father’s political career. As Lata and Maan attempt to shape their futures, India too is coming of age. Only a few years after independence from British colonial rule, tensions are high as its people prepare to campaign and vote in their first democratic general election. A Lookout Point production for the BBC, internationally distributed by BBC Studios.
–Claudia Puig

Mira Nair is an Academy Award®-nominated director best known for her visually dense films that pulsate with life. An activist by nature, she founded Salaam-Balak-Trust for street children in 1989 and Maisha-Film-Lab in East-Africa to train filmmakers on the continent. In 2012, she was awarded the Padma-Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honor.

Amy Dawson
BBC Studios


Country: UK, India

Year: 2020

Directors: Mira Nair, Shimit Amin

Screenwriter: Andrew Davies

Producers: Lydia Dean Pilcher, Aradhana Seth

Executive Producers: Mira Nair, Andrew Davies, Vikram Seth, Faith Penhale, Laura Lankester, Will Johnston, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Aradhana Seth

Director of Photography: Declan Quinn

Editors: Nick Fenton, Tanupriya Sharma, Hazel Baillie

Production Designer: Stephanie Carroll

Music: Alex Heffes, Anoushka Shankar

Cast/Featuring: Tabu, Ishan Khatter, Tanya Maniktala, Mahira Kakkar

Running Time (minutes): 350

Languages: English, Urdu, Hindi