Who Plays 'A Suitable Boy's Saeeda? Tabu Is A Legendary Indian Actor

The fortunes of four large families are at the centre of the
BBC’s A Suitable Boy, which explores the rich culture of India
during a momentous period in the country’s history. The cast of the
drama includes some of the biggest acting talents to emerge from
Bollywood. But
who is Tabu, the actor who portrays Saeeda Bai
in A Suitable
Boy?

Tabu is an Indian actor,
originally from Hyderabad in Telangana
. Back in 1991, she
earned her first major leading role in Coolie No.1, a
Telugu-language romantic action film.

Tabu’s other credits include the
third-highest-grossing Indian film of all time Andhadhun
, as
well as Biwi No. 1, Hu Tu Tu, Chandi Bar, and Vijaypath — the
latter of which bagged the actor a prestigious Filmfare Award.

She is also widely recognised for her portrayal of literary
characters in Kandukondain Kandukondain and Maqbool, which were
released as adaptations of Sense and Sensibility and Macbeth,
respectively.

Back in 2007, Tabu appeared in her first Hollywood release, The
Namesake, which was a film directed by A Suitable Boy’s Mira Nair
and, five years later, she landed the role of Gita Patel in the
Academy-Award-winning Life of Pi. In 2011,
the actor was also awarded the Padma Shri
—�the fourth
highest civilian honour in India.

Tabu’s latest gig can be enjoyed throughout the six-part BBC
drama A Suitable Boy, in which she plays courtesan and musician
Saeeda Bai. Set in the early 1950s, the series is centred around
the character of Lata Mehra, a young university student with a
traditional Hindu background, whose mother sets out to find her a
supposed suitable partner.

Speaking to the Independent, Tabu touched upon
the journey of her Suitable Boy character
, who she credits for
representing a historical part of Indian culture. “The journey of
this character is sexy because there is romance, there’s love and
passion,” the actor explained. “Courtesans are part of India’s
history. Saeeda represents a part of the culture that was prevalent
at the time.â€

The BBC show is recognised as the first all-Indian period drama
on western television, and commenting on the show’s depiction of
Indian culture, Tabu told the Independent: “We have seen glimpses
and flashes of Indian culture, but A Suitable Boy is part-fiction,
part-inspired by real life and what was happening at the time of
partition.”

“That’s what makes it interesting. It is not just a historical
documentary but a story of people’s lives and how they were being
changed by historical events,” she added.

A Suitable Boy airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. on BBC One.

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Who Plays 'A Suitable Boy's Saeeda? Tabu Is A Legendary
Indian Actor