Marriages have always been a billion-dollar industry in India, where matches are not made in heaven, but in drawing rooms and by the heads of the family.
What is the story about?
Right on the occasion of Valentine's Week, Netflix released a docu-series on Indian weddings and couples, where they take the power from their families and choose their partners themselves. Each episode is centered around two different couples, who are planning their weddings with a lot of flamboyance yet adding a bit of contemporary ethos.
One has to wonder, why Netflix all of sudden is commissioning series focusing on the lives of India's rich. Be it Indian Matchmaking or Fabulous Lives, Netflix India has suddenly taken an interest in the lives of the crazy rich Indians. The Big Day, is directed by Ashish Sawhay, Aakriti Mehta, and Faraz Arif Ansari and chronicles the marriages of six couples, Divya and Aman, Nikhita and Mukund, Nitin and Ami, Pallavi and Rajat, Aditya and Gayeti, and Tyrone and Daniel. Divya and Aman are childhood sweethearts who customize even the furniture on their wedding day, Nikhita and Mukund who are NRIs want to celebrate their wedding in Chennai as they want to be closer to their roots, Pallavi and Rajat do away with customs and traditions and stand up to their families, Ami and Nitin add their rituals to their wedding, Pallavi and Rajat can't wait to start their life together. However, one couple stands out and that is Tyrone and Daniel who have broken the shackles of societal expectations and really subverted the traditional form of marriage. They are the only homosexual couple out of the 6 and their same-sex marriage seems inspirational. For the rest of the couples, it is all about flamboyance. The couples talk about 'perfect marriage' but it seems clear that it is only money that is the driving force behind these marriages.
Nikhita and Mukund's marriage had a lot of Bollywood memorabilia and will make you feel nostalgic. Also, knowing how society views same-sex couples, Tyrone and Daniel indeed have taken a bold step to openly talking about their orientations and love for each other on a public forum.
For all the glitz and glamour, the fact that the 'hard' decisions these couples were able to take were only due to the privileges that they have in Indian society. The entire series seems like an ego exercise for the rich Indians.
Did I enjoy it?
It is one of those shows that is so bad, that it is actually good. It is honestly an ostentatious display of wealth that comes across in all the 3 episodes.
Do I recommend it?
If you enjoyed watching 'Indian Matchmaking' and 'Fabulous Live Of Bollywood Wives', chances are that you might enjoy this series as well.