Netflix’s latest attempt at a reality show in the form of Indian Matchmaking has not gone to plan. A show where host and professional matchmaker from Mumbai, Sima Taparia, helps contestants to pick their better halves, has not been received well by the audience.
The biggest criticism Indian Matchmaking got was its use of discriminatory factors like cast and skin colour in the process of picking the partner. It even involved inputs from astrologers, pandits etc to influence decisions. According to further criticism, the 8 episode show highlighted the negativity surrounding arranged marriages and the prejudices which run rampant in Indian society.
Furthermore, according to latest reports, none of the couples who matched on the show ended up together post conclusion.
A wedding planner from New Jersey, Nadia Jagessar, seemed to be attracted to Sekhar, a lawyer by profession. However, she revealed on an online portal that the two ended things soon after.
Another contestant, Vyasar Ganesan, also revealed that even though he matched with a few people, he was still single as matchmaking was a tough process.
Aparna Shewakramani, a lawyer from Houston, revealed that she was still single but in contact with the three men she matched with on the show.
The closest someone got to a permanent relationship was Akshay Jakhete who got engaged to his match but ended up breaking the engagement due to certain issues. “A few days later, there were some things which we found out that did not go down well with us, and eventually I called it off,” he told the LA Times.
Indian Matchmaking is now streaming on Netflix. Check out the trailer below: