Netflix Wedding Season review: The balance between tradition and assimilation

The Netflix romantic comedy film Wedding Season is directed by Tom Day. The second half of the film has a scene that seems to pay homage to the iconic Bollywood film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.

Netflix Wedding Season review

Wedding Season’s tribute scene may lack the emotion of the original, but there’s a unique, down-to-earth feel that fits perfectly with the scene and is repeated throughout the film. “Wedding Wants” has its flaws, which we’ll get to later, but one of the things its makers have done well is showing the balance Indian-American (or any immigrant) maintains between tradition and assimilation.

The film’s two protagonists, Asha Maurya (Pallavi Sharda) and Ravishankar Shah (Suraj Sharma), are second-generation Indian-Americans. Growing up in a mix of cultures, they are faced with the demands of upholding their traditions in the community and the need to assimilate in the outside world. “Wedding Boom” tells us that it’s okay to have both. While it’s not the first movie to address this issue, it’s definitely one of the better at it.

“Wedding Season” could have been edited more clearly, and in some scenes, the camera stopped unnecessarily and the dialogue was too long. Nick (Sean Kleier), the fiancé of Asha’s younger sister Priya, is overzealous about everything in India. If it weren’t for the script written by an Indian-American, Nick’s actions would be considered benign racism, if such a thing existed.

Despite its many problems and apparent predictability, Wedding Season provides a fun and fulfilling journey. While it was billed as a romantic comedy, it took a dramatic turn in its run. This change may be surprising, but not unwelcome. It brings a certain focus to the narrative and highlights the film’s main conflict.

The Netflix romantic comedy film “Wedding Season” portrays Indian-Americans as a largely homogeneous community, but it’s not. Such fault lines exist for many reasons – from religion to native country, culture to language. The creators of Wedding Season seem to have consciously limited the scope of the film.

Netflix Wedding Season review: The balance between tradition and assimilation

Netflix Wedding Plot storyline

After quitting her promising banking job on Wall Street, Asha moved back to New Jersey to reinvent herself. The economics graduate now works for a loan program aimed at improving the living conditions of women in Southeast Asia. She is happy at work, but rarely has time for dates. Predictably, her parents Suneeta (Veena Sood) and Vijay (Rizwan Manji) disagree.

Parents think it’s a bad idea for Asha to quit her lucrative job at the bank, and Suneeta has found a perfect match for Asha by setting up her daughter’s profile on the dating site Dreamy Desi Partner. Ravi is the youngest Indian Spelling Bee winner and also attended MIT.

Ravi’s parents, Dinesh (Manoj Sood) and Veena (Sonia Dhillon Tully), are equally persistent. Dinesh even thought his son was wasting his life by being an international DJ.

To keep their respective parents happy, Asha and Ravi meet, and the former comes up with a plan to pretend to be dating each other to spend their wedding season together. However, real emotions soon invaded their fake relationship.

Rating: 3/5

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