Family & Relationships Netflix's 'Indian Matchmaking' Set Up A Ton Of Couples, But They Didn't All Last
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The show follows matchmaker Sima Taparia as she helps South Asian singles and their families navigate love with the help of face readers, astrologers, and life coaches.
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Series creator Smriti Mundhra said that the show originally reached out to all of Taparia's 500 clients to see who would be interested in filming their experience, according to the. Twelve people initially agreed, but after six months of filming, only eight participants made the final cut. If you're a fan who's already binge-watched the whole first season, then you know pretty much every episode ends with a cliffhanger hinting at a participant finding their match in matrimony.
So did they actually find true love? Here's where all the Indian Matchmaking couples and singles stand now:
On the show, event planner Nadia, who is Guyanese and lives in New Jersey, initially hit it off with Shekar, a lawyer in Chicago. But they are no longer together.
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"Being off camera definitely changed the dynamic between myself and the matches that I had continued talking to, and obviously, the change was not positive," she told The LA Times. "But it helped me learn more about myself and what I’m looking for in a future partner."
Pradhyuman, a Mumbai-based jewelry designer, went on a date with Delhi-based model-actress Rushali, but it was ultimately not a match.
"We had different paths in life, and we respected that and moved ahead," he told The Times. "I’m still looking for the right one."
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"I don't have time for that.""I saw on Facebook that a friend of a friend had posted the casting. Are you South Asian? Are you looking still for your spouse? And I was like, Well, I am both of those things. I applied in line. Didn't even think about it," Aparna tells OprahMag.com.
Aparna, a Houston-based attorney, went on lots of dates throughout the first season. Eventually, Jay from Atlanta seemed like the front-runner, but she ultimately didn't end up with anyone.
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Sometimes, it takes more than a matchmaker to make a relationship work.In the end, we never really find out how successful Taparia is, as the final episode doesn't reveal the fate of the couples. What happened to Nadia? Did Pradhyuman end up with Rushali? And does Aparna still hate comedy? Thanks to social media, it looks we finally know the status of our singles and, spoiler alert, it's not all hearts and flowers.
"They were all wonderful people," she said. "They just weren’t the one for me."
Vyasar, an Austin-based college counselor, seemed to hit it off with Rashi, but he is currently single.
"It’s no one’s fault," he said. "Matchmaking really is tough. Both people I was matched with were truly wonderful, inspiring individuals who I’m proud to call friends. Ultimately, things didn’t work out, but I’m grateful for the memories I have from working with Sima."
Akshay, a Bombay-based graduate student, had the most serious and traditional experience on the show. He and Radhika from Udaipur are shown participating in a pre-engagement ceremony at the end of the show, but they are no longer together. (FYI: they were never formally engaged or married.)
"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," Akshay told The Times. "Trust is something [that] once broken cannot be regained in a matter of days—it takes a really long time. I’d rather wait and be with the correct person than be stuck with the wrong person. So I am single right now and still looking for the right one."
Ankita, a Delhi-based entrepreneur, also did not end up with a match. "I understand the many preconceived notions associated with arranged marriages—and believe me, before going on 'Indian Matchmaking,' I had them too," she told The Times. "At the end of the day, it all comes down to a connection. If it’s there, you can’t deny it and it won’t matter how you two were introduced."
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