Sushmita Pathak. Is it a match? A potential couple meet up courtesy of a matchmaker in the Netflix series Indian Matchmaking. Netflix hide caption. A picky year-old from Mumbai whose unwillingness to marry raises his mom's blood pressure.
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Ruchika Tulshyan was 22 when her mother started searching for her future husband. And she has mixed feelings — happy to see her experiences represented but forced to reflect on some hard truths about the way women are objectified within the system. I was disappointed, of course, there's colorism, there's casteism, there's a lot of emphasis on traditional beauty. The show introduces us to a cast of Indian and Indian American men and women — including a single-minded lawyer from Houston, an appearance-obsessed jewelry designer from Mumbai and an outgoing dancer from New Jersey. As a year-old who had already finished grad school and was on track for a successful career, Tulshyan was shocked to hear that her mom had listed her name and photograph on an Indian matchmaking website without her consent. Not only had she found her a man whom she deemed suitable, but she had already begun talking to his parents about an engagement.
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More than a decade ago, I went through a brief spell of looking for an arranged match, like the cast of the show. Matches have been arranged through community intervention for centuries because, due to the conservative nature of an Indian society that, in nonurban areas, still frowns upon the free mixing of young people beyond impersonal community activities. And, these days, if the candidates are from educated, urban and liberal homes, they meet and talk before getting married.
However, one thing is for sure, everyone thinks it is cringeworthy beyond belief. Lying somewhere in the same universe as Love Is Blind and Too Hot To Handle, Indian Matchmaking is also about men and women finding their romantic partners, minus the sex, the bikinis but plus the nosey, sexist and judgemental aunties. On the show, a bunch of NRI kids rope in matchmaking aunty, Sima Taparia, to find them their perfect matches. No one can call out the show for fictionalising the arrange marriage set-up of the desi community as it is quite close to the truth. But we guess no one wanted this dark reality get represented on Netflix and beamed to streaming devices across the world.