A 'lil background info for if you haven't jumped on this dating show yet. New Netflix series Indian Matchmaking gives a glimpse into the world of arranged marriages in Indian culture. The show is hosted by a professional matchmaker, “auntie” Sima Taparia, who runs a dating service specifically for Indians, where she tries to find a compatible match for her customers, of course, with input from their parents.
Like all reality TV dating shows, some ended up back where they started, while some pairs were successfully engaged, but did they make it to the altar? Well, here's what the casts have been up to since the show ended.
Who knew that people could bond over the shared hatred of Ketchup? Well, shockingly, that was seemingly Nadia and Vinay Chadha's short-live love story. Even though viewers first rooted for the pair at the beginning of the season, they didn't quite make it. After the Vinay situation, Nadia meet-up with Shekar, but we're guessing that also didn't last long, because, in an interview with L.A. Times, she said: “Being off-camera definitely changed the dynamic between myself and the matches that I had continued talking to, and obviously, the change was not positive. It helped me learn more about myself and what I’m looking for in a future partner.”
While Akshay got furthest in the arranged marriage process out of all the cast members, he eventually called off the ceremony. He later hinted that his trust was broken. He told L.A. Times: “I’d rather wait and be with the correct person than be stuck with the wrong person. So I am single right now and still looking for the right one.”
Even though she didn't find a partner, she ended up realising that growing her business and focusing on her happiness is key. "I grew up loving myself in all my glory," she wrote, on Instagram. "I take massive pride in knowing what I want, who I am, my constant changing thought process all thanks to the various experiences I learn through my interactions."
She also became great friends with Producer Smriti Mundhra, says she “admires her so much. She smashes so many stereotypes of what we expect of what a nice, submissive, Indian girl to be.”
Things seemed hopeful for Pradhyuman, who at the beginning of the show had rejected over 100 marriage proposals, but his romance with model Rushali, unfortunately, did not work out. "Long-distance didn’t allow us to explore our individual sides and communicate organically plus we were in different stages in our life so we decided to move on and yes we are still friends," he told the L.A. Times.
Aparna is still living her best single life. While she was optimistic about Jay, she told Oprahmag that her relationship with him is strictly platonic. "To walk away with three people you can relate to — who are good, and kind, and grounded — is a success in my book."
The most eligible guidance counsellor (and most loved character on the show) is still on the hunt to find his life partner after he and his match Rashi ended up just being friends. "Matchmaking really is tough. Both people I was matched with were truly wonderful, inspiring individuals who I’m proud to call friends," he told L.A. Times.