Indian Matchmaking On Netflix: Cringe Drama Or A Reality Check?

‘Indian Matchmaking’ is an Indian documentary reality television series. It aired on the streaming platform Netflix on July 16, 2020.

Plot

The show features a group of rich Indians and Indian-Americans who intend to have an arranged marriage. The lead matchmaker of the show, Sima Taparia travels across to their homes in order to help them find their suitable match. She is a Mumbai based matchmaker and has years of expertise in this field. The series consists of 8 episodes where different families have shown their interest in finding an ‘ideal’ mate for their children.

Indian Matchmaking: Review

To begin with, in the era of Tinder and Bumble, ‘Indian Matching‘ is a step forward in showing the matchmaking criteria. Honestly, the show is loaded with Sima mami using words like ‘adjusting’, ‘flexible’, ‘traditional’ etc. She is not much different than that one relative who time-and-again reminds you about the ‘right age’ to get hitched. The usage of words like ‘compatibility’ and ‘compromise’ states the clear theme of the show.

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A scene from Indian Matchmaking
Source: Netflix

Indian Matchmaking consists of potential marriage contenders like Aparna, Pradhyuman, Nadia, Akshay to name a few. Sima mami takes in their biodata and shows her matchmaking skills according to each of their preferences.

Also, one of the notable things about this series is the broad showcase of Indian Matchmaking standards. The regressive arranged marriage system which once was a secret to Indian families is out there for everyone to see. It is glamorized on the big screen with enthusiastic endorsement by the lead Sima. The choice of partner shown as fair, tall, beautiful shows its classist and casteist behavior. Furthermore, the discrimination and insecurity this show can cause to a certain audience are tried to cover by using terms like ‘preference’ and ‘choice’.

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Thus, overall it is nothing more than a sneak peek drama into the lives of some rich people. Indian Matchmaking may provide light humor and entertaining drama to a certain audience. Well, honestly for people like me, its nothing more than a cringe drama series.

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