The Netflix series named Matchmaking has got the spotlight and has raised the issue of colorism and the discrimination faced by everyone due to the same. The show’s story revolves around a 25-year-old picky nature from Mumbai whose unwillingness to marry raises his mom’s blood pressure.
A headstrong 34-year-old lawyer from Houston who says she doesn’t want to marry and settle down with just anybody. And a cheerful 32-year-old Guyanese-American dancer with Indian roots who simply wants to find a good person to be her husband.
The show focuses on the reality of arranged marriage in India and follows Sima Taparia who is a professional matchmaker from Mumbai. The show premiered on 16th July and has eight parts.
The series has ultimately sparked the debate about arranged marriage and is drawing criticism for its portrayal of practice as well as for seeming to endorse gender stereotypes, colorism, and classism. There are several backlashes on social media over the makers of the show.
Film critic Poulomi Das says that “The show gave Taparia, whose version of arranged marriage is very outdated and free rein to peddle whatever she was saying as fact.”
Throughout the series, Taparia can be seen asking her female participants to be compromising, flexible, and submissive. She tells Aparna Shewakramani who is the lawyer that “she should not get a life partner if she is this negative”.
While Taparia’s colleague is seen saying to another female client that “Life is never equal” and that she should leave her family, carrier, and everything behind if her future husband asks her too.
While the show is facing severe trolling on social media, the show’s executive producer Smiriti Mundhra said that “My hope is that it will spark a lot of conversations that all of us need to be having in the South Asian community with our families.
That it will be a jumping-off point for reflection about the things that we prioritize and the things we internalize.”
On the other side Parul Bhandari, who is a socialist wrote in an op-ed that “This show is not far from reality. We are perhaps uncomfortable and angry because this show has said it as it is, and has done on a global platform, leaving little scope for pretense.