Meet Sima Taparia from Mumbai, the star of Netflix's 'Indian Matchmaking' and the matchmaker of your dreams. Sima Mami will judge your entire existence based on your biodata, ask you to compromise if you have humanly flaws, call you negative if you're not jolly enough, assess you based on how tall and fair you are, and resort to the stars and her favourite live face-reading app if her efforts are meaningless.
Apart from scanning biodatas faster than most resume scanning softwares, she also has teleportation abilities as she zooms across Mumbai and different parts of America within a matter of seconds.
While Sima is the protagonist of this *groundbreaking* reality show, Aparna is perceived to be the antagonist and has been at the receiving end of A LOT of hate for being rude, unreasonable, negative, and downright annoying. I mean, I get it. We would all love to relax for ten days straight. However, if assessed from a neutral lens, it is difficult to deny that Aparna was simply being realistic about her expectations and asking for basic equality.
We then meet Pradhyuman, an eligible bachelor who is 'fair, tall', and therefore good. Perhaps this is why he rejected as many as 150 girls?
Oh and his culinary skills: 💯 / 💯
Easily the most fucked up chapter of 'Indian Matchmaking' is that of Akshay and his overprotective mother. It speaks volumes about how Indian men are constantly indulged by their mothers and then pressurised to get married at the 'right age'. Internalised misogyny is incredibly dangerous, yet people don't talk about it enough.
We now come to the respective storylines of Nadia and Vyasar, two adorable individuals who honestly deserved so much better.
While there are countless hilarious aspects of the show, perhaps the most important to note is how the concept of arranged marriage is deeply entrenched in sexism, casteism, classism, colourism, and ageism. It is imperative for girls to be 'fair, slim, and beautiful' and they're expected to 'adjust and compromise' and be experts at running a household. Moreover, what is equally problematic is that in most South Asian societies, marriage is associated with a ticking clock and is often seen as the antidote to loneliness. The fact that a show as regressive and archaic as 'Indian Matchmaking' is still being picked up by a giant like Netflix is an illustration of how the average mindset hasn't changed all that much.
Moreover, if one believes that moving out of India broadens your outlook, this show will prove just how wrong they are.