She is the creator of the hit Netflix series, which offers an inside look at Mumbai-based matchmaker Simos Taparia, who travels the world helping her client find her “life partners”.
The social media, which recently debuted after the series, was filled with complaints about everything from the privileged lifestyle of some participants to the expressed desire of some to reconcile with “honest” potential spouses.
Mundhra told CNN she thought the complaints were well-founded.
“I fully understand why people feel the way you exhibit, some of them are problematic things that are in our culture,” she said. “But that’s where we are. I would never want a show that would disinfect it because I think we need those conversations and we have to try to do better as a community and as a culture.”;
Mundhra is well versed in the issues raised.
She met Taparia a few years ago when then-20-year-old Mundhra hired Taparia to help her find a husband.
Sima aunt, as it is known, later appeared in 2017. Mundhra in the documentary The Right Girl. The film was directed by Sarita Khurana and explored the experiences of three Indian women seeking a man.
Mundhra will later be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary in the 2019 St. Louis Superman.
The story of Simma’s aunt was one that Mundhra wanted to expand and share.
According to the film director, it seemed difficult to look at the participants of “Indian matchmaking”.
“It’s hard to convince people who are very private about the process and personally that they can go this on camera for a date show,” she said. “But there were a few people who were waiting for this adventure, and they were the ones who wanted to work with us more.”
“In acting, we seemed to seek as much diversity as possible,” she added. “Geographically, ideologically, diasporically. We tried to really show as many different points of view as possible, as far as it was meaningful and authentic to the world.”
That authenticity has given many worthy moments and “characters,” such as Aparna Shewakramani, a Houston-based lawyer, with very selective criteria for a future husband (she’s not a fan of funny or ignorant men). There are salt flats in Bolivia).
Mundhra said that like all participants, Shewakramani was encouraged to be himself.
She was “amazingly sincere and says some things that can get people wrong, but she belongs to her and is very specific about what she wants,” Mundhra said of Shewakramani.
“She is really high, so she keeps other people really high, whether it’s a matchmaker or a potential life partner,” Mundhra continued. “It’s progress for all of us. I think she’s learned more about herself in the process, as I just did. We all do it when we get to know each other and it’s like we’re browsing, trying to figure out how much we compromise ourselves.”
Such a depiction is very important to Mundhrai, who noted that there was not enough on screen to reflect her life as South Asia grew up in the 1990s.
That’s why she took her work “Indian Matchmaking” so seriously, even acknowledging that the series is a “very narrow piece” of South Asian life.
Her theory is also one of the reasons why the show has become a lightning rod of criticism, because people are so hungry for such portrayals.
“It simply came to our notice then [shows] which reflect the experience of South Asia, so I think each of them reflects the great experience of South Asia, when in fact we are a billion and a half people around the world, “said Mundhra.” This is an extremely diverse culture and there is no one way to go. to tell the history of South Asia and their relationship with anyone, whether it is a marriage religion or a family. ”
Now 40 and married to a man he met in college (not a Taparia match), Mundhra said she is adjusting to her attention-grabbing Netflix series and is as hopeful as the audience that there will be a Season 2.
She is also grateful for the conversations surrounding her performance, which may have helped change the spark.
“Even I, as a creator and producer, have to push and be forced to do better,” she said. “I hope the show kind of killed the horns and made people think for themselves, talk to their families and on social media. I think it will open the door to an even more diverse experience and even greater accountability.”