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Netflix’s Indian Matchmaking, Showcases Sad Reality Of Arranged Marriage



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After all the crazy memes on Sima aunty, trending in all of my social media feeds, I just had to check out this show. And boy, was I glad I did.

This show is a mix of entertainment, a healthy dose of reality into what happens in the upper classes of Indian society, and an eye-opener into the ‘Big, fat industry’ that is the Indian arranged marriage system.

It revolves around Sima Taparia, an Indian matchmaker, and the entire process of her finding suitable life partners for her clients. The show is a hilarious yet honest take on the Indian patriarchy’s misogynistic ideals, which rule over the so-called ‘progressive’ upper classes, who, despite all their glamour and success, continue to be victims of this system.

The very first episode begins with a conversation between Sima ‘Aunty’ as she calls herself and the famous Preethi, a.k.a Akshay’s mother, who has been declared as equally meme-worthy as Sima Aunty by the internet.

And for those who don’t know yet, let me tell you why.

The first reason is the tailor-made bride she wants for her son. The girl should be from a rich family, with a particular height, and follow all the rules set by Preeti to live in their house. Oh, and she should be flexible.

Preeti is also a control freak, who’s probably planned when her greatgrandchild will get his son married and when that poor chap will have a child. The funniest line in the show for me is when she blames her second son for delaying his elder brother’s first child because he refused to get married.

But what does one thing have to do with the other, you ask? Well, that’s what poor Akshay made the mistake of asking too.

Preeti’s sound reasoning aptly shut everyone’s mouths, including her husband’s, who probably had been hearing it for the longest time.

She’s planned it all out you see- her first son would get married at 23 and her second son by 25 and as soon as her second son was married, the first one would have a child.

So, unless Akshay got married, how was his brother supposed to check the next item off her list?

I rest my case.

Moving on to the next couple of interesting characters in the series: all the men.

All of the men, except maybe one or two, wanted sanskaari, good-looking women who were exactly like their mothers.

Akshay, went so far as to ask, “If she continues to work, who will stay at home and take care of the kids?”

Some of the dialogues were so cringe-y, you begin to wonder if you were watching a remake of something made in the ’20s.

Throughout the series, I had to keep checking if this was a reality show or if these people were uttering scripted dialogues. Do such people exist?

That’s when it begins to sink in- they are all real people. They exist, and they probably form a larger part of your social circle than you initially realize.

Some of the best parts of the series were the ones focused on the women- most of them were strong, beautiful, educated ladies who simply did not want to settle for anything they felt was less than what they deserved.

Until Sima Aunty and her whole squad of life-coaches, face readers and astrologers descended upon them to brainwash these women into thinking they were ‘rigid,’ ‘rude,’ and had to ‘adjust.’

The sad part is that they began to believe in these lies and reached a stage where as long as they met someone who seemed to fit in with their forcibly lowered expectations, they were happy.

It’s amazing how men like Pradyuman and Akshay get to go through nearly a hundred portfolios before they even thought about meeting someone while girls like Aparna or Nadia got to meet probably two men before they are called ‘rigid’ or ‘picky’ and declared inflexible.

The story I truly enjoyed watching was that of Ankita, though it had its awkward moments too. In one of her conversations, she talks to her friends about how she’s decided to try matchmaking. The concept is discussed for what it probably actually is- ‘Tinder on Premium, where your parents also get to swipe right.’

One other reason I enjoyed Ankita’s story is that you get to meet Sima’s ‘progressive’ counterpart- ‘Gita Aunty.’ Since Sima finds it difficult to find matches for girls like Ankita, she refers her to Gita, one of her ‘colleagues,’ who specializes in dealing with ‘modern’ clients.

I could probably sum up her personality by referencing one of her quotes.

“When you get married- friends, family, everything else takes a back step.”

This is the advice the so-called ‘progressive matchmaker’ gives to her young clients whose idea of a marriage is a partnership of equals. She then proudly states how she gave everything up to move out of the country for her family and urges Ankita to do the same thing.

So much for being ahead of your time.

We often see glimpses of Sima’s family as well and understand that to her, it is simply a profession and nothing more. You begin to wonder what the scenario would be like if she were to try and find a match for one of her daughters- would it be the same or a completely different process?

Indian Matchmaking, aired on Netflix is entertaining but not even close to an accurate depiction of the entire scenario because it is restricted to wealthy, upper classes NRIs (with one or two exceptions) and is solely made with the western audience in mind.


Keanu Reeves Returns with “The Matrix Resurrection”



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The expectation of the unexpected fourth instalment of The Matrix Resurrections in the sci-fi establishment has started with another banner prodding the arrival of its first trailer.

The film Matrix 4 comes out 18-years after The Matrix Revolutions. It is planning to be the last film in a trilogy reporting the transformation of Computer programmer Thomas Anderson into cybercriminal Neo. As he finds the conventional world, he occupies a recreated reality.

Loosening up the expectation, with a special promotional. It highlights red and blue pills sit next to each other underneath the clear message: ‘The Choice is yours.’ Fans of the famous establishment will perceive the pills as a definitive choice given to Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, as he picks between life in the conflict assaulted real world or the ‘beautiful prison’ of a substitute reality. Penetrating static fills in as the scenery, as small strings of Matrix code has seen falling inside the pills before the whole scene liquefies.

Fans can proceed with their adventure on, an intelligent pick your-own-experience style site. Given a similar decision there, red brings you down a rabbit hole where you’re told: ‘This is the moment for you to show us what’s real.’ Then scenes from the film teaser, showing the slight hindrance between the natural world and the fake world known as The Matrix. One of the Best Scenes is Reeves’ Neo gulping a blue pill while a lot more seasoned, a balder man shows up in his appearance.

The scenes reviewed rely upon which pill selection and each emphasis on the decision made. The Red Pill requests that the watcher go further into the reality behind the Matrix. While the Blue Pill cautions them to avoid it again so as not to agitate the norm and welcome undesirable risk.

Still, the viewer’s decision makes, in any case, every secret seems to end with a brief look at Keanu Reeves as Neo, with different eyes. He either collaborates with characters who could be his partners in the film or plans to fight against its expected scalawags, be they Agents, pernicious projects, or even people.

The person who clicks on the blue pill will hear Harris’s voiceover saying: “You’ve lost your capacity to discern reality from fiction.” Before encouraging the viewer to embrace that their situation is genuine. At the current time, streaks on the screen, and Harris peruses it, saying, “anything else is your mind playing tricks on you.” By contrast, ones’ who click on the red pill hear Abdul-Mateen’s voice revealing to them that while they trust it’s the current time — once more. With Abdul-Mateen perusing the time out loud — “that couldn’t be further from the truth.” Regardless, a progression of quick-cut shots from “Revivals” streaks on the screen during the two situations. As each time a viewer taps on a pill, the recording changes.

‘This could be this is the first day of the rest of your life, but if you want it, you gotta fight for it.’ The portrayal wraps while showing star Keanu Reeves prepared to battle. Then, at that point, finishing on a vile note, they show somebody contacting the PC port at the rear of their head and inquire: ‘We don’t want anyone to get hurt, do we?’

From visionary movie producer Lana Wachowski. The new film reunites unique stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as Neo and Trinity, the infamous roles they made well known.’ The first Matrix film in 1999 met with much essential acclaim upon its introduction. The element is following up by two other movies, which were both delivered in 2003. Warner Bros. uncovered the title for the fourth Matrix film during its CinemaCon board. The Matrix Resurrections will release on December 22, 2021.

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BTS Army Rents Billboards In Mumbai To Celebrate BTS Jungkook’s Birthday



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Golden Maknae BTS Jungkook will be celebrating his 24th birthday on September 1, 2021, as Army’s all over the world prepare to wish him a happy birthday. Millions of fans have united to create thoughtful and extravagant birthday projects celebrating his birthday throughout the world. There’s nothing that is going unturned by the Army to make Jungkook’s day as special as possible.

With projects ranging from cruise ships to drones, Jungkook has exerted his influence across many fields. According to reports, his birthday ads will be played 1000 times on LED boards. Twitter is flooded with Happy Birthday Jungkook messages.

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Obviously, India is part of the mix as well. India is set to get its first Jungkook bus shelter advertisement in Mulund, Mumbai. For the first time, India has seen such posters and this project on such a large scale in the country so far.

Jungkook’s Indian fan base dedicated a billboard to him. According to a tweet posted by @Jungkook_INDIA, fans in Mumbai have rented a bus stop billboard in Mulund West, adorning it with pictures of Jungkook, also quoting, “You are the cause of my Euphoria.” Bus Shelter advertisement also showed QR codes to Jungkook’s solo hits such as Begin, Euphoria, My Time, and Still With You. Bus Shelter Advertisement will be displayed until September 4, 2021.

Upon being asked about the project, @Jungkook_INDIA replied, “We choose Mulund since it’s in Mumbai, where it is easily accessible for more ARMYs to come and see the project. This is not the first time a foreign artist/K-pop idol on the billboard in India, another fandom already done that, but it is the first time for a bus shelter billboard. We did this to show our love and support, and we are glad if locals came to know more about BTS through the billboard”.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are countless charity projects and other billboards that will mark the singer’s 24th birthday. The Billboard project is another illustration of how K-pop’s fan following in India is immensely growing.

BTS is a popular South Korean boy band and Jeon Jungkook is the youngest member of the band. There are seven members of the group — RM, Jin, Suga, Jhope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. They enjoy a massive fan following internationally, India being no exception. BTS seems to connect with a massive number of people irrespective of their language because they talk about topics that many artists of today’s generation may have failed to do. These seven young men talk about discrimination, gender equality, mental illness, loving oneself, etc. Their songs resonate with people belonging to any age and background. Moreover, they cover a wide variety of genres. The group debuted on June 13, 2013; despite all the odds against them, the BTS members each succeeded in their own way. Each member has their own unique personality and talents that make the group so great.

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Journey of Raj Kundra: From IPL owner to Porn Movies Producer



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Businessman Raj Kundra has hit the headlines after his arrest by the Mumbai police for having a connection in the production and distribution of pornographic content. Kundra has been involved in many controversies. Be it money laundering, drama from a first marriage or a criminal case from Poonam Pandey, he has had it all.

Going back to the beginning of Raj Kundra

Born in Ludhiana, he migrated to the United Kingdom in childhood. At the age of 18, he went to Dubai and then later to Nepal, where he started a shawl business. He later began selling shawls to fashion companies in Britain that lead to an increase in his fortunes. After entering the construction sector in Dubai, he developed connections in Bollywood and got into film production. He met Shilpa Shetty and married her.

Together they owned the Rajasthan Royals team in the Indian Premier League (IPL). But, this ownership didn’t last for long as in 2013 came Kundra’s major scandal for match-fixing. He was alleged to have a role in spot-fixing and was banned for a lifetime from IPL.

The current case involves Kundra in an adult film racket. Earlier this year, the Mumbai police had arrested a group of people for allegedly forcing women into porn movies. The group was targeting models and females who aspired to enter Bollywood. They forced these women to act in pornographic content on the pretext of giving them roles.

The movies were circulated on mobile apps, offering subscriptions along the lines of mainstream OTT platforms. They would then advertise on social media platforms to promote such content. Since pornography is illegal in India, this too was against the law.

The police then believed two aspects of this racket. One was catching those that produced these explicit adult content and those who circulated these tapes. Quite a bit of the production houses broadcasting such content was traced from servers outside the country. One such production house was sourced to a UK based organisation found uploading such content. The executive of that company, Umesh Kamat, was charged and arrested. It was then discovered that Kundra’s alleged connection to Kamat and the company that uploaded such pornographic content brought him into the controversy.

After his arrest, Kundra was booked under various IPC sections. IPC 420 that deals with cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property. IPC 34 condemns acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention. IPC 292 and 293, that’s related to obscene and indecent advertisements and displays

Kundra might also face charges in accordance to the IT Act and the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.

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