Critic’s Review: Indian Matchmaking

Sima Taparia claims she’s the best in the business but none of her matches actually lasted once the cameras stopped rolling.

Written by July 20, 2020 14:16

The popular Netflix show ‘Indian Matchmaking’ has been taking over the internet in the past few weeks and has been facing a lot of criticism. Relevant and relatable, this show is definitely a cringe worthy but pretty accurate representation of what our Indian society is. The show is hosted by Sima Taparia or Sima Aunty from Mumbai who believes herself to be god’s Cupid on Earth.

She is a physical and more intimate representation of a shaadi.com. Indian Matchmaking follows Indian- Americans who are looking for someone to marry. The eight episode series is a total cringe fest and also sadly, represents the truth.

Now on to the potential brides and grooms. There’s Akshay, a 25 year old man child who must marry to take care of his mother’s blood pressure problems. Aparna, a 34 year old Indian- American woman who has an extremely long and exhaustive criteria for her husband and according to Sima Aunty is negative and inflexible. Each of the singles experience and level a desire for a traditional arranged marriage.

Indian Matchmaking

Since it’s release on 16th July, the show is stirring up a lot of controversy over its harsh depictions of sexism, casteism and colorise. As the protagonist of the show, Sima was initially perceived largely positive at firs, but her snarky and problematic comments earned her a lot of hate.

Caste is hardly mentioned in the slow but you can definitely tell how it’s an important factor in these arranged marriages. Sima Aunty and some of her clients have no shame while emphasising their preferences as fair, tall and trim. Sima Taparia claims she’s the best in the business but none of her matches actually lasted once the cameras stopped rolling.

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