Indian Matchmaking

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Indian Matchmaking
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GenreDocumentary television series
Created bySmriti Mundhra
Directed bySmriti Mundhra
Presented bySima Taparia
Country of origin
  • India
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original languages
  • English
  • Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producersSmriti Mundhra, Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, J.C. Begley
Running time26-42 minutes
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseJuly 16, 2020 (2020-07-16)
External links
Netflix

Indian Matchmaking is a 2020 Indian documentary television series produced by Smriti Mundhra.[1][2][3]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Sima Taparia, a marriage consultant from Mumbai who uses preferences from the people, their parents, and her years of matchmaking experience.[4][5] She previously appeared on Mundhra's previous work, A Suitable Girl.[6][7][8][9]
  • Aparna Shewakramani, a 34-year old attorney and general counsel from Houston.[10][11][12]
  • Pradhyuman Maloo (sometimes referred as Pradhyumn), a 30-year old jeweler born and raised in Mumbai.[13][14]
  • Nadia Christina Jagessar, a 33-year old event planner from New Jersey who runs her own company, Euphoria Events, and works as a marketer for Givaudan.[10][15]
  • Vyasar Ganesan, a 30-year old teacher, college counsellor, and writer from Austin.
  • Akshay Jakhete, a 25-year old businessman, who is a self-described introvert from Mumbai.[16][17][18]
  • Ankita Bansal, a 30-year old businesswoman in India who has her own business in garment e-commerce.

Supporting cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Indian Matchmaking was released on July 16, 2020, on Netflix.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Slim, Trim and Educated"TBATBAJuly 16, 2020 (2020-07-16)
Sima meets three unlucky-in-love clients: a stubborn Houston lawyer, a picky Mumbai bachelor and a misunderstood Morris Plains, N.J., event planner.
2"Just Find Me Someone!"TBATBAJuly 16, 2020 (2020-07-16)
Nadia's and Aparna’s dates have mixed results. Friends and family get honest with Pradhyuman. Sima consults a face reader for clarity on her clients.
3"I’m Trying My Best!"TBATBAJuly 16, 2020 (2020-07-16)
A setback with Vinay temporarily discourages Nadia. Sima offers two more prospects to Aparna. Feeling the pressure, Pradhyuman finally goes on a date.
4"I Want to See You Again"TBATBAJuly 16, 2020 (2020-07-16)
Nadia has a promising date. Pradhyuman sees a life coach. Sima sends Aparna to an astrologer and seeks a cultural match for guidance counselor Vyasar.
5"Take the Elephant out of the Room"TBATBAJuly 16, 2020 (2020-07-16)
A date with a model uplifts Pradhyuman. As Aparna’s luck seems to turn, Vyasar hits a snag. Akshay’s mother insists that he marry within the year.
6"It’s High Time"TBATBAJuly 16, 2020 (2020-07-16)
Vyasar and Rashi instantly bond. As Akshay rejects over 70 matches, Preeti gives him an ultimatum. Progressive Ankita looks for an equal partnership.
7"Marriages Are Breaking like Biscuits"TBATBAJuly 16, 2020 (2020-07-16)
Sima faces a challenge with single mother Rupam. A discovery about her match bothers Ankita. Vyasar frets over revealing his father’s past to Rashi.
8"Adjustment and Compromise"TBATBAJuly 16, 2020 (2020-07-16)
Akshay makes a decision while a new path emerges for Rupam. Ankita has an empowering realization. As her clients move on, Sima’s work never stops.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Series director Smriti Mundhra pitched the idea of the show to a TV producer in 2009/2010, but the show was rejected for "essentially not being white enough."[26] She pitched the show to Netflix by showing Taparia, who "were super excited about it."[27] She had met Taparia three years before Indian Matchmaking premiered on Netflix, when she documented the lives of other three women going through the Indian marriage process in the 2017 documentary, A Suitable Girl.[28] Taparia's daughter was one of the young women featured.

Casting[edit]

Mundhra named the casting the biggest hurdle of the show, going through a client list of 500 families and calling to see if they were willing to be on camera. Mundhra also noted that the series initially started with about a dozen singles but with some that "fell off" during production.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

The show received mixed reviews between critics and social media users.[29][30][31] Inkoo Kang of The Hollywood Reporter called the show "insightful, humorous and heartwarming," praising how it showcases the preoccupation with height and caste, as well as Taparia's matchmaking tactics.[3] Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly gave the show a B+, stating that the show as presented in a "glossy, cosmopolitan drama, without a hint of 'look at these crazy foreigners and their kooky customs!' condescension."[32] Joel Keller of Decider called people to stream it, saying that it "brings thousands of years of tradition into the mix, and there’s a much better chance that the matches that are made at the end of the season will last."[33] Archi Sengupta of Techquila rated the show 4 stars out of 5, calling it "sweet and entertaining."[34]

Reinforcing religion and caste segregation[edit]

Though the show is called Indian Matchmaking, it portrays no couples who identify as Muslim, Christian, or Dalit— communities that represent close to 40 percent of India’s 1 billion–plus population.[35][36] The show has also been criticised for normalizing caste based discrimination such as when matchmaker Taparia declares "In India, we have to see the caste, we have to see the height..." which Yashica Dutt of The Atlantic describes as "lump[ing] an entire social system, which assigns people to a fixed place in a hierarchy from birth, together with anodyne physical preferences."[37] Per Dutt, in the show, caste preference is coded into harmless phrases such as “similar backgrounds,” “shared communities,” and “respectable families,” and "the show does exactly what many upper-caste Indian families tend to do when discussing this fraught subject: It makes caste invisible."[38] The show was also said to further endorse and promote gender stereotypes.[39]

In addition to showing "classist" and "casteist" stereotypes, the show was criticised for whitewashing the idea of arranged marriages.[40][41][42] Kennith Rosario of The Hindu labeled the show as "The big fat desi stereotype," saying that the characters "believe in some of the most atavistic ideals of marriage, and the show, in its glossy demeanour, endorses it."[43][44] Sushri Sahu of Mashable gave the show a 2/5 on the Mash Meter, criticizing how the show is "problematic and cheesy in equal parts."[45] In response to the criticisms, Smriti Mundhra stated that she hoped that "it will spark a lot of conversations that all of us need to be having in the South Asian community with our families – that it’ll be a jumping-off point for reflections about the things that we prioritize, and the things that we internalize.”[46][47] Suchin Mehrotra of Film Companion concludes his review by indicting the Netflix original as "unsatisfying" and all in all, "a missed opportunity".[48]

The Los Angeles Times followed up with the couples appearing on the show and reported that they are not together anymore.[49]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Prepare to fall in love with Indian Matchmaking: Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  3. ^ a b Kang, Inkoo (July 10, 2020). "'Indian Matchmaking': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ Mehrotra, Kriti (July 17, 2020). "What Is the Cost of Hiring Sima Taparia?". TheCinemaholic.
  5. ^ Hill, Kennedy (July 5, 2020). "Indian Matchmaking: Everything we Know About Matchmaker Sima Taparia". Screen Rant.
  6. ^ Freedman, Adrianna (July 13, 2020). "Here's What We Know About Sima Taparia, the Matchmaker on Netflix's Indian Matchmaking". Men's Health.
  7. ^ a b Villarreal, Yvonne (July 17, 2020). "Inside Netflix's eye-opening look at arranged marriage, your next reality TV obsession". The Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ Edwards, Eve (July 16, 2020). "Who is Sima Taparia? Husband, career and Indian Matchmaking explored". Reality Titbit.
  9. ^ Raga, Pippa (July 17, 2020). "Families Around the World Seek out the Services of Indian Matchmaker Sima Taparia". Distractify.
  10. ^ a b c Rodriguez, Bianca (July 16, 2020). "Netflix's 'Indian Matchmaking' Is Your New Favorite Dating Show". Marie Claire.
  11. ^ Karra, Sushma (July 15, 2020). "'Indian Matchmaking': 'Negative' Aparna doesn't like comedy, will she be able to find her perfect match?". Meaww.
  12. ^ Mehrotra, Kriti (July 16, 2020). "Are Aparna and Jay From Indian Matchmaking Still Together?". TheCinemaholic.
  13. ^ Mehrotra, Kriti (July 16, 2020). "Are Pradhyuman and Rushali From Indian Matchmaking Still Together?". TheCinemaholic.
  14. ^ Knight, Lewis (July 16, 2020). "Netflix's Indian Matchmaking hunk rejects 150 marriage offers in 18 months". Daily Mirror.
  15. ^ Edwards, Eve (July 17, 2020). "Meet Nadia Jagessar: We found the Indian Matchmaking star on Instagram!". Reality Titbit.
  16. ^ Karra, Sushma (July 16, 2020). "'Indian Matchmaking': Preeti heaves a sigh of relief as son Akshay gets engaged at last to Radhika". Meaww.
  17. ^ Cacich, Allison (July 16, 2020). "Akshay on 'Indian Matchmaking' Basically Wants to Marry His Mother". Distractify.
  18. ^ Karra, Sushma (July 16, 2020). "'Indian Matchmaking': Akshay's silence before mom Preeti makes fans ask him to speak: 'You're a grown-a** man'". Meaww.
  19. ^ Swartz, Tracy. "Chicago lawyer talks life after Netflix's 'Indian Matchmaking'". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
  20. ^ Team, ABC 7 Chicago Digital (August 16, 2020). "Chicagoan Shekar Jayaraman talks about his experience on new Netflix show 'Indian Matchmaking'". ABC7 Chicago. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
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  22. ^ "About Shekar Jayaraman, Esq., LL.M - Principal Attorney". Jayaraman Law. 2016-04-19. Retrieved 2020-11-20.
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  26. ^ Houghton, Rianne (June 17, 2020). "Indian Matchmaking creator says show was rejected 10 years ago for not being white enough". Digital Spy.
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  42. ^ "'I am mortified': Twitter opens fire on 'Indian Matchmaking' - Netflix's reality show on arranged marriage". The Free Press Journal. July 18, 2020.
  43. ^ Rosario, Kennith (July 17, 2020). "'Indian Matchmaking' Review: The big fat desi wedding stereotype". The Hindu.
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  47. ^ Menon, Radhika (July 16, 2020). "'Indian Matchmaking' Creator Smriti Mundhra Puts A Spotlight On The Marriage Industrial Complex of the South Asian Diaspora". Decider.
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