Wedding Season (2022), on Netflix

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“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!” is a line of information that I have received over the years, so relentlessly that I have no doubt when such clichéd dialogue can appear in a situation, even on screen. I went into wedding season expecting these little details to come out here and there. That’s exactly what happens in Wedding Season, a movie that tries and tries to overcome the clichés but never succeeds. It follows the tried and tested rom-com formula we’ve encountered a dozen times on screen, with the lure of coming back to it with a fresh, new perspective, only to turn this Netflix movie into a woeful undertaking that neither qualifies as. a romance. Not like a comedy. As for perspective, he has none. Think Indian Matchmaking meets Never Have I Ever and you have it.

Directed by Tom Dey and written by Shiwani Srivastava, Wedding Season has mother Suneeta (Veena Sood) worried that her ambitious daughter Asha (Pallavi Sharda, who you may remember from Ranbir Kapoor’s Besharam) will never find a man for her. . So, she takes on the responsibility (like most Indian moms in a nutshell) of creating an online wedding profile for herself. The wedding season begins with Suneeta creating her profile with a bunch of lies without her daughter being organized and self-sufficient when she actually sleeps in her office without proper preparation to meet an important client a day. Next. She is a microfinance entrepreneur who aspires to do well. But in the world of Netflix work-life looks, Asha’s struggles at work seem more like an annoying trait of a spoiled brat.

She’s in a relationship with Ravi (Suraj Sharma, from Ang Lee’s Life of Pi) whose profile says he cracked MIT at 16 and now owns a startup no one really knows about. In short, he earns well enough to support a family, and that’s enough. Fed up with the incessant pestering of their respective parents, both residents of New Jersey’s Indian community agree to meet and then agree on a plan that would benefit both parties. You guessed it right, they decide to fake their courtship and attend all 14 weddings of the season together, to keep the nosy aunts quiet for a while. Which just means more beautiful outfits and a lot more dancing. Then it begins, a montage of them dancing quickly from one wedding to the next, feigning happiness the whole time, until it’s not just a simulation anymore. Sparks fly, as they should.

wedding season. (L to R) Suraj Sharma as Ravi, Pallavi Sharda as Asha in Wedding Season. chrome Ken Woroner/Netflix © 2022.

Predictable from a mile away, Wedding Season doesn’t aim to rebuild a proven genre in and of itself. However, neither the humor nor the jokes land where they should. Ravi and Asha meet and learn just a little about themselves, like the rest of us. It all adds up to hoaxes and big reveals later, but by then the fakers’ fakery scenario has gone too far to grasp. However, the convenient handling of all patched-up lies feels annoying after a while. The characters are all paper-thin and one-sided, singing and dancing as long as they can, then processing all the change with a serene, routine calm. The lead actors make it largely watchable, especially Sharda and Sharma, who rave about the incongruous script with lots of nuance and appeal.

The wedding season also has a reckless interest in capitalist possession as a marker of success. When the secrets are spilled, the script doesn’t try for a second to criticize the obsession with financial stability as the norm to secure a marriage. Even though Dey’s film is conveniently sidelining all this talk about marriages in India or within the Indian diaspora community, the people of Wedding Season seem nonchalantly honest about their obsession with economic stability and the wealth.

I’m not saying that such obsessions don’t exist. But being utterly emotional about it, coupled with the bluntness of securing the “American dream,” unabashedly resplendent in the last half of the wedding season together, leaves a bitter aftertaste. I wish Wedding Season had tried a little to catch up with its consequences, which don’t always end up being sweet and charming. In the end, there is an important wedding that Asha and Ravi must attend, and yet the grand conclusion turns out as nothing less than predicted.


Also, read – dear [2022] Review – A black comedy about a woman who finds her own agency

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Wedding Season (2022) Movie Cast: Pallavi Sharda, Suraj Sharma, Arianna Afsar
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