Indian Matchmaking On Netflix Is A Cultural Take On Typical Dating Shows

Netflix’s ‘Indian Matchmaking’ Is A Dating Show And Culture Lesson In One Entertaining Package

August 8, 2020 Updated August 19, 2020

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Confession: I love reality dating shows. Not like The Bachelor; more like Love Is Blind. Something that subverts the tropes of the genre but is still interesting and fun to watch. So of course when I heard about Netflix’s latest offering, Indian Matchmaking, I knew I was going to watch it. The show is about the controversial method of arranged marriages for young Indian people in both India and the United States. Over the eight episodes, I found myself incredibly invested in these people and their love lives. But it also leads to a lot of conversations about, and examinations of, Indian culture.

The show follows Mumbai’s top matchmaker, Sima Taparia, as she travels mainly between the two countries creating and sharing individuals’ “biodata,” which is a cross between a resume and an online dating profile. As she gets to know the seven main participants, she pulls from her very large list of folks to offer them their best option for a spouse.

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Houston, Texas lawyer Aparna is the antagonist of Indian Matchmaking without a doubt. She’s a single woman in her mid-30s, which presents a whole host of issues. And she’s ambitious, which seems to conflict with a lot of the tenets of matchmaking. Sima constantly frets over Aparna’s lack of flexibility and inability to compromise. It’s likely that some of Aparna’s unwillingness to compromise is because dating can be so exhausting. Her glowing review of the one guy she really seemed to hit it off with was that she “didn’t hate him.”