Indian Matchmaking has nothing on these Hindi reality shows
| Mumbai |
Published: August 2, 2020 8:51:21 pm
Social media is full of memories and discussions on Indian matchmaking. The Netflix show gives a glimpse of the arranged marriage culture in India. But before the eight-episode series surprised the world, Indian television was already there and did so. Long before Sima Taparia’s charm in the world and her superpower to find a suitable match for the wedding, Madhuri Dixit did the same thing. We are hard to believe, but the Bollywood actor made his television debut with the Sony TV show Kahin Na Kehna Hai, which helped the girls find their match. And that’s not all, even Amrita Rao has been the face of a reality series that promised to find the ‘perfect bride’.
So when you have already seen Indian matchmaking, here is a list of similar Hindi TV shows.
Kahin na kahi koi
The Sony TV show was launched in 2002 with Madhuri Dixit as its host. Unlike the Netflix series, the prospective bride and groom were completely desi. Also, at this time, Dixit had a fun time interacting with these youngsters, who were serious about finding a match rather than being starstruck by the actor. Families were also happy that a superstar was helping their children find a partner. Mumbai’s Sima Mami may be a non-professional professional matchmaker, but the Bollywood actor had loads of charm. He did not hesitate to tease the youth and also used to have serious talks with the superiors. Kahin Na Kehna Koi Hai ran for 44 episodes aimed at bringing together potential matches. Therefore, (thankfully) there was no gorgeous cinematography on camera for TRP.
In 2009, Star Plus also launched a match-fixing, oops match-making show, Perfect Bride. And this time, Amrita Rao, refreshed by Viva’s success, was chosen as the face. They were joined by Malaika Arora and Shekhar Suman as experts – by Rishton’s connoisseur ‘. The setup of the show was more like Bigg Boss than Shaadi and therefore not devoid of drama. Also joining the boys’ set were their mothers, who employed naïve girls to test their ‘daughter-in-laws’. After tasting fame, many of these contestants ended up struggling as actors on television. As winners, Hitesh Chauhan and Rampa Roy became the first couple to get married on national television. Chauhan’s mother danced to her son’s wedding happily instead of finding the perfect bride to Rao and Arora. Little is known about the couple and whether they survived the marriage.
Not the same kind of shows as boys ‘family-meets-girls’ families, but Imagine TV launched Swayamvar as a platform for popular celebrities to find their match. In the first season (2009), Rakhi Sawant was looking for Mr. Perfect. While one can now be thought of, the show actually had several suits. Sawant finally chose Canadian boy Ilesh Parujanwala and the two exchanged rings during the finale. However, he soon announced his breakup. In the second season (2010), Rahul Mahajan appeared and after being wooed by many beautiful girls, he formed a relationship with Dimpy Ganguly. However, the match also ended on an ugly note as Ganguly filed for divorce accusing her husband of domestic violence. TV daughter-in-law Ratan Rajput tried to find a groom for herself in the third season (2011). The actor chose Abhinav Sharma as his match but refused to tie the knot in the finale. This was a logical decision, as the couple dating for a short time shortly afterwards.
The Bachelorette India
In 2013, Life OK also attempted the same format and participated in Mallika Sherawat for The Bachelorette India – Mere Khyal Ki Mallika. She chose Dharamshala-based model Vijay Sharma as her groom. However, during the finale, the Bollywood star stated that since she only spent time with Sharma on camera, she wants to take this relationship off-screen now, and then decide the future.
Will you marry me
More recently, Colors hosted Shahnaz Gill, Paras Chhabra and several male and female suitors in a reality show with the hope that the contestants of Bigg Boss 13 would get a suitable match. Gill was accompanied by her brother Shehbaz, who was keenly interested in finding the right boy for her sister. However, with his heart still on for Siddharth Shukla, Punjab’s Katrina Kaif walked out of the show at the finale without a match. For Chhabra, he chose Anchal Khurana, though both said they were just friends.
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