TV Review: Indian Matchmaking
Indian matchmaker Sima Taparia is NOT here to fuck spiders.
Sima Taparia. Source: Netflix
For those who don't have the Netflix category 'Dating Shows With Heart That You Can Scroll Your Phone To But Still Kinda Low-Key Engage With' like me, Indian Matchmaking is the latest to our fav category. Over eight episodes, we follow one of India's head matchmakers, Sima Taparia, as she meets with prospective men, women and their families to find them a husband or wife.
So, first up: this was not what I thought. I admit, my view of 'Indian matchmaking' was that a sad girl meets a mean man she was promised to at birth and is forced to marry him the next day with no say in it at all. Whilst this can still be the case for many cultures around the world, this was not the experience in the program.
In this premiere season, each episode focuses on a few of the people looking for potential husbands or wives across both India and the United States. Essentially, Sima meets a person and their family. They give the criteria they want in a suitor, and she goes and finds them, with varying degrees of success. She's like the Buyer's Advocate of the dating world, and I dig it. So much time-saving, like a human Tinder. But when Indian tradition comes in, there's more to it than that. For one, some of the asks are so specific. Like, that a woman must be above 5"3 (guess I'm out), be "flexible" (read: do what the husband and his family want), and come from a "good" (read: rich/scandal-free) family. When searching, parents are also a huge part of the game, and the pressure put on children to marry is immense. Whilst here in Australia, you'd probably only introduce a partner to your parents once you're Facebook official (weeks, months maybe), with the Indian matchmaker, the potential suitor meets the family on or before the first date. It's like a job interview with your fam, and if they aren't into it, save the $100 you were gonna drop on that date and hit the road. Win-win.