Indian Matchmaking spoilers follow.
Netflix's new show Indian Matchmaking explores the ancient art of, you guessed it, matchmaking in India.
The show centres on Sima Taparia, a real-life matchmaker from Mumbai who introduces Indians ready for marriage to each other, matching them up based on their (and their families') criteria in a suitable life partner, and consulting with astrologers to determine if a match is destined to succeed. Over the course of eight episodes, we meet eight of Sima's clients who are looking for someone to spend their lives with.
By the end of the season, most of Sima's clients are paired off, and it seemed like they were ready to settle down together. Well, now you get to find out exactly how their stories ended...
Nadia and Shekar
As a member of the Indo-Guyanese community, Nadia admits to having been pretty unlucky in love. It's a difficult diaspora to be part of, as she's often viewed as 'not Indian enough' to marry into an Indian family. After breaking down in tears over her loneliness, Nadia captured our hearts – we've all felt that heartache. But Sima Auntie finds her a few matches and the last we see of Nadia is her walking into the rain with Shekar.
The two had a great date, with Shekar showing her the sights of Chicago and bonding with her mother too. The pair's future seemed bright with Shekar, right?
"Being off camera definitely changed the dynamic between myself and the matches that I had continued talking to," she told the LA Times. The two are no longer together, and Nadia is still single.
Pradhyuman and Rushali
Jewellery designer Pradhyuman was looking for someone to enjoy fine cuisine, mixology and his walk-in wardrobe with. But he was also feeling the pressure to get married from his family. Sima Auntie noted that she was a close family friend, and had been presenting Padhyuman with different biodatas for some time.
After rejecting around 150 girls, Padhyuman seemed to enjoy a romantic horse-riding date with actress and model Rushali. The two were a match on paper, and looked to enjoy their date, but in the end their relationship didn't work out.
"We had different paths in life and respected that and moved ahead," he told the LA Times.
Aparna and Jay
A high-flying attorney from Houston, Aparna had very specific requirements for her match – Lord help him if he didn't know about Bolivia's salt flats. Sima Auntie branded her too picky, but after an astrologer told her that her romantic window was opening soon, she became a bit more open-minded in her dates.
She's unapologetic about who she is and what she wants from life, refreshing to see as South Asian women are normally encouraged to diminish our own achievements to be more attractive to a male partner.
After a string of dates, Aparna and Jay seemed to hit it off, but it wasn't meant to be. She's still looking for someone who is ready to accept her as the strong woman she is.
Vyasar and Rashi
From the off, teacher Vyasar was the 'nerd' of the show. Comic books, Dungeons & Dragons, you name it, he was into it. Rashi seemed a good fit and the two bonded in person and over FaceTime.
But the last thing we see of the couple is Vyasar revealing a dark family secret to her over the phone – that his father was charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Her reaction is a mystery, and we hope she didn't judge him on the alleged actions of his father, but we can confirm that Rashi and Vyasar are no longer a couple.
Akshay and Radhika
The most traditional representation on the show, 25-year-old Akshay seemed to have entirely no interest in getting married other than pressure from his mother. His interactions with Sima Auntie were limited, preferring his mother to speak on his behalf so that she could stipulate her preferences in a daughter-in-law. The key points being that she would be 'flexible' and here by the end of the year.
After being upfront about being a career girl, Radhika seemed an unlikely match. But, Akshay was left smiling after their interactions – could this finally be the daughter-in-law his mother was dreaming of?
Well, despite broadcasting their pre-engagement ceremony on the show, Akshay broke off the relationship and remains single. "I'd rather wait and be with the correct person than be stuck with the wrong person," he told the LA Times.
Indian Matchmaking is available on Netflix now.
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