Sep 1, 2022

Netflix's Indian Matchmaking: ‘Sima aunty’ raises eyebrows - again

Indian Matchmaking - the "Cringeworthy" Netflix show that created a huge buzz in India and many parts of the globe two years ago - is back with a second season. The eight-part reality TV show - included in the list of the 50 most influential reality TV shows of all time by Time magazine - once again follows elite Indian matchmaker Sima Taparia as she tries to find suitable matches for her wealthy clients in India and the US.Here, everything happens for a reason - and that is to find a bride or a groom because, as Ms Taparia explains at the outset, "First is marriage, then love" and "Everything gets adjusted after marriage". In the new season, the matchmaker's edges are softened a bit and she seems to be holding her tongue sometimes - possibly because of the backlash - but the show is still riddled with sexism and gender biases. Ms Bajpayee says that people go to matchmakers "Because it's not easy to find a match, and sometimes you need a bit of help", but adds that there are a lot of problems with the show as "It's still not critiquing regressive ideas" and "Just propagates known biases". In an interview with Variety last week, Smriti Mundhra, the show's creator, agreed that "some of the show is cringey".

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