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The perfect match

Why is a story set in 1951- shortly after the Partition- being retold in 2020? The legacy of the Partition is acutely felt even today.

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Chintan Girish Modi
Gone are the days when marriage could be dismissed as the mainstay of Sooraj Barjatya’s films and Ekta Kapoor’s soap operas. Marriage continues to drive the plots of many shows on India’s popular streaming platforms. What might be the reason — the seductive appeal of conjugal bliss, the inescapability of this institution in a society that punishes pre-marital and extra-marital sex, or its unending potential for tragicomedy? It is difficult to pin down any singular factor but marriage does invite the emotional investment of viewers.

Mira Nair’s mini-series A Suitable Boy, based on Vikram Seth's novel, began streaming on Netflix in
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First Published: Oct 31 2020 | 2:19 AM IST

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