Netflix's recently premiered reality show Indian Matchmaking has been making noise for nothing but purely hilarious reasons. Hosted by an elite matchmaker named Sima Taparia from Mumbai, the reality show is directed by Smriti Mundhra. Sima is the person who is responsible for finding brides and grooms for her clients in India and the US. Shedding light on the regressive nature of arranged marriages in India in modern times, Indian Matchmaking has all cringe-worthy elements.
The show, however, was conceptualised to dispel myths about arranged marriages, it, unfortunately, settled down in the minds of the viewers for being elitist, casteist, ageist, sexist and regressive. Now, as the show is garnering attention for all the wrong reasons, let's take a look at how many couples matched by Sima aunty lasted together. For those who haven't watched, major spoilers are about to arrive!
Nadia Jagessar, a wedding planner from New Jersey, managed to give Sima aunty a tough time when she said she was of Indian origin but is actually Guyanese. After dating Vinay, with whom she had a fall-out, Nadia seemed to like lawyer Sekhar. But after the cameras stopped rolling, the two parted ways. "Being off-camera definitely changed the dynamic between myself and the matches that I had continued talking to, and obviously, the change was not positive. But it helped me learn more about myself and what I’m looking for in a future partner," she told in a statement to an international publication.
Vyasar was undoubtedly amongst the most loved persons on the show. Winning the internet with his down-to-earth persona and his bonding with Rashi, Vyasar continues to remain single. His relationship with Rashi ended on a cliffhanger. “It’s no one’s fault. Matchmaking really is tough. Both people I was matched with were truly wonderful, inspiring individuals who I’m proud to call friends,” Vyasar told the publication.
— Vyasar M G OMG (@NotVyasarG) July 17, 2020
Thanks to Sima aunty, Pradhyuman, a jewellery designer from Mumbai found his potential match in the Delhi-based model-actress Rushali. While their date on the show appeared to be romantic, there was no romance left between them post the shoot. "We had different paths in life and we respected that and moved ahead. I’m still looking for the right one," he said.
Aparna, the lawyer from Houston, was set up with three men by Sima aunty on the show. But nothing seemed to work for her too. Talking to the international publication, Aparna said she is in touch with the men. "We’re actually good friends. That’s a positive experience that came out of the show. To walk away with three people you can relate to, and who are good and kind and grounded, is a success in my book," she told.
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At the end of the show, it was Akshay who found his partner in Radhika from Udaipur. Although their pre-engagement rituals were performed while the cameras were rolling, their alliance ended soon after. Infact, they are neither engaged nor married!
The Delhi-based entrepreneur Ankita failed to connect with a match on Indian Matchmaking and has reportedly decided to focus on her career. Stating that her notions on arranged marriages changed after the show, Ankita believes chemistry with a person is needed to make a relationship work.
I am gushing with all the love you've all shown me for #IndianMatchmaking on Netflix. Thank you to all the women who reached out. To my friends, who love me so shamelessly and selflessly, are my biggest critics, call me out for my bullshit and drown me in calls letting me know how proud I made them. While I'm a huge believer of you gotta do you and you just gotta be you, I am also a SUCKER FOR OLD SCHOOL ROMANCE. I am from the generation that grew up watching all possible high school romance and family love stories and my heart is a lot like Anjalis. But I also grew up loving myself in all my glory. I take massive pride in knowing what I want, who I am, my constant changing thought process all thanks to the various experiences I learn through my interactions. Does that make me a woman of modern values? Yes, of course it does. Aren't we evolving and moving into a much less regressive way of life on a daily basis? For me that qualifies as modernization which in turn means progress. Progression of Humanity. So while many might say I won't fit into a traditional Indian family (and believe me it really bothers me at times, cause I love loving and being with my person) But my parents didnt raise a princess, they raised a woman. A woman with a mind of her own. By one one true friend (younger sister/ business partner) and mirror for the good bad and ugly @gayatrimallikabansal
The Denver-based single mother Rupam hired Sima aunty to find herself a match who isn't religious but shares her faith in Sikhism. However, instead of going for a match found by Sima aunty, Rupam, as per reports, ended up finding love on Bumble and also made it Instagram official!
It seems their stars weren't aligned, isn't it Sima aunty?
(Source: LA Times/Scoopwhoop)