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WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
Pressured by their parents to find spouses, Asha (Pallavi Sharda) and Ravi (Suraj Sharma) pretend to date in order to survive a summer of weddings — but find themselves falling for each other as they struggle to balance who they are with who their parents want them to be.
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
Wedding Season is another of Netflix's romantic comedies you'll love despite its total predictability. But with all its cheesy goodness, it offers a different kind of modern Indian love story. If you're already a fan of the genre the streaming service seems to deliver on so well; you're going to eat this up.
The film follows Asha (Pallavi Sharda) and Ravi (Suraj Sharma), who, set up by their parents, decide to pretend they're dating as they attend wedding after wedding together – it's that time of the year in the film; you know, wedding season. The pair, predictably, end up really falling for each other. But neither Asha nor Ravi is perfect, at least in their parents' eyes. Asha is career-driven and isn't interested in settling down, while Ravi has ditched his studies to become a DJ and a successful one at that.
Though nothing seems wrong with these characters in a modern, Western society, their biodata contains one too many fatal flaws in the Indian community. Trust me, I'd know. I haven't heard from my DJ cousin in years. Not a word of a lie – he ditched his BCom studies to play music. Word on the street is he's happy, though, and that's all that matters. See you at Tomorrowland!
Anyway, though I know many an Indian girl and boy will relate to these characters – from the conflicts of cross-cultural marriage (it was great to see that representation too) to the aunties who really do antagonise us like that, just by the way – the film's universal themes of personal growth, family and love, is what everyone will relate to.
Again, it's predictable and cheesy – there's even a whole cheddar speech in the rain from dreamy Ravi about listening to your heart – but you don't mind it because it's all part of the wholesome romantic comedy, with characters, despite their biodata, that you'll love.
Asha could have easily been the annoying kind of modern woman if that makes sense, and Ravi's secrets that really made us love him even more, could have been a little too much. But they're both written so well – and I was particularly impressed by Suraj Sharma, who you'll remember from Life of Pi and seen in How I Met Your Father, as our Indian Prince Charming.
Special mention must be made of supporting cast members Rizwan Manji as well – he's hilarious in everything, fight me – as well as Sean Kleier – who pulled off the dorky and desperate white son-in-law so well, I cringe just at the thought of him speaking Hindi. A romantic comedy where the supporting cast and their stories complement and resonate just as much as the main cast is always a plus for me.
Wedding Season is, as I've said, wholesome, with representation that matters. It's critical of certain issues in an understated way, so it doesn't take away from the comedy or romance of the film. If you're a rom-com fan, I highly recommend this one – it's one of the better options in the endless Netflix stream but a guaranteed feel-good watch, with lots of laughs and aww-moments.
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:
Wedding Season is available to stream on Netflix.