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Why has the Netflix series ‘Indian Matchmaking’ sparked debates?

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The web has been flooded with memes and debates on the latest Netflix show ‘Indian Matchmaking.’ Not everyone finds the show comfortable to watch. It portrays the age-old Indian arranged marriage procedure, which has been the subject of much ridicule. 

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Netflix’s latest American original ‘Indian Matchmaking’ peers into the arranged marriage process in India. The docu-reality series was launched on Netflix on July 16, 2020.

As soon as it was released, Indian Matchmaking has managed to grab the audience and was ranked three in Netflix’s top 10 list for India.

In the series, Simi Taparia guides the singles through the arranged marriage process based on her skills.

Who is Simi Taparai or Simi Aunty in Indian MAtchmaking?

The eight-episode story is narrated by a Mumbai-based matchmaker Sima Taparia, known as Sima Aunty, to her clients. She has become an overnight star.

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In the very beginning, Sima Taparia calls herself ‘Mumbai’s number one matchmaker.’ She coordinates proposals for young Indians, arranges dates, deliberates with astrologers, and matches hopeful singles in India and the USA.Her conventional theory says,” In India, we don’t say ‘arranged marriage,’ there is marriage and then love marriage.”

Sima owns a matchmaking bureau which goes by the name ‘Suitable Rishta’ and works with upper-class families in both India and the USA. According to her, she finds a suitable partner that fits the criteria: skin color, caste, income levels, and much more.

In an interview, Sima opened up on her matchmaking process, which she believed to be a tried and tested method. She even claimed that none of the dating apps could compete with her matchmaking procedure.

Sima meets the families, notices their home and lifestyle, and tries to pick up some other information. In the series, you will get an insight into her tried and tested method of Matchmaking.

Why are viewers cringe-watching or hate-watching Indian Matchmaking?

After it dropped on Netflix, several viewers hooked on the show. The audience is finding the presentation relatable to the whole brown experience.

But it did receive a fair share of criticism.

Indian Matchmaking is subjected to debates, op-ed pieces, and arguments. The audience has drawn flak for its cliché and stereotypical portrayal of the Indian community.

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On many levels, the show advocates that marriage is an accomplishment and a product of ‘compromise’ or ‘adjustment.’ As per Simi, adjustment is the only process of getting married.

Many argue that it blatantly endorses the notions of colorism, casteism, and sexism in the Indian society.

On a global level, the show depicts an inferior understanding of what being an Indian or a ‘desi’ means. It is an absurd sketch of Indians to the world.

Even the most educated and intelligent Indians consider their horoscopes or ‘kundlis’  matched by astrologers or ‘pandits.’ The matching of horoscopes remains the prime basis for most arranged marriages.

According to Simi’s ideology, parents know the best when it comes to finding a life partner and that their children’s opinions don’t matter. Indian marriages are based on the antiqued idea that parents and the community play a much more significant role in the matchmaking process.

While it should be appreciated that Netflix is giving space to the content involving different cultures, but it should also consider the sensitivity of the shows.

According to the critics, Indian Matchmaking represents our patriarchal, casteist, and classist society.

People are Meme-ing about the show. 

Indian Matchmaking has completed taken over social media and has inspired memes and hilarious jokes.

Sima Aunty has become the talk of the town for being the perfect definition of a typical annoying aunty.  

There are hundreds of screenshots and scenes of the show surfacing the internet that will tickle your funny bone.

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