A romantic comedy between two singles who are reluctantly arranged by their parents is based on screenwriter Shiwani Srivastava, who is well-known in the United States. The broad strokes of the film ring true for many first-generation Indians, but does the film avoid stereotypical storytelling in order to get to the core of the narrative?
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Asha (Pallavi Sharda) is a persistent single workaholic who has no desire to break up just yet. Her more traditional Indian parents worry about her prospects as she grows older, and she agrees to meet one last boy named Ravi (Suraj Sharma) in exchange for them deleting her dating profile. However, as they develop closer, feelings deepen and secrets emerge.
What Will It Remind You Of? The concept of fake dating is similar to that of another Netflix romantic comedy Holidate in which Emma Roberts plays a woman who invites a fake date to her Christmas party.
Suraj Sharma as Ravi is moving and charismatic, and she really does feel like an auntie to co-sign.
Memorable Dialogue: Asha finds solace in an unlikely place: her overbearing mother. I know Ravi isn't perfect, but I feel he is your happiness, her mother says, and its a moment where you realize that even if you can't see what you want in your heart, parents sometimes can.
Sex and Skin: A few passionate kisses, but nothing explicit.
When I first heard about the premise of this documentary, I groaned a bit. Is there anything else our culture has to do other than think constantly about arranged marriages? Thankfully, I was wrong. Wedding Season isnt really about weddings. It's more about showing that Indian Americans with unusual interests and jobs are still worthy of love, and that elite jobs shouldn't rule the world.
Asha is an economist, but she recently accepted a position in a new field that required a pay cut, which worried her parents, while Ravi, on the other hand, has a history that assails his parents, which is made worse by the musical career he is pursuing. Both sets of parents have moments of finally understanding their children and expressing their joy in the fact that they are still alive and well at the end of the day.
Asha explains how she didn't know much about her parents' lives prior to them having children, and the fake dating plot comes full circle in an extremely motivating way that draws parallels between Asha's predicament and the struggle her mother endured when she was originally arranged to marry Asha's father. It breathed fresh life into what might have been a be-there-done-that cliche.
Without great performances from the leads, who are both endearing and funny, and who have a lot of rapport with one another, no one will be able to deny that there are any flaws in the film. There are also some character traits that are easily concealed when the story is introduced more in the background.
STREAM IT. The film tries to disrupt the fake dating trope and ground it in a way that stays relevant across generations.