Netflix’s latest offering, Indian Matchmaking, follows Sima Taparia, a matchmaker and her clients through 8 episodes sprinkled with casteism, misogyny and colourism.
Shown as the epitome of Indian culture, the show glorifies arranged marriages as the ultimate goal of any young person’s life, with actual dialogues like, “We don’t say arranged marriages or love marriages in India, we say marriages or love marriages.”
A Problematic Show
Taparia continuously reinforces the age-old idea that ‘compromise’ is the key to marriage, but it is noticeable that she talks of this idea more prominently with her female clients, going even far as to question a client’s intelligence when she was unwilling to ‘settle down’ with any random person and proudly showed her independence.
Meanwhile, men who reject 50-100 women are coddled and given free passes to continue being childish.
The show presents itself as a mirror of Indian society and no doubt, it has shown the inherent vices within our culture, but the show painfully lacks self-awareness.
It is safe to say that there were a lot of awkward and sometimes just bizarre moments in the show. Here are some of them.
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If you are now in a state of perpetual facepalming, fear not, because you are not alone.
Times are changing, the modern Indian young adult has much more paths available to them than the previous generations. But let this show be a reminder that we still have a long way to go.
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