Made in Heaven is perfect for anyone who loves drama, culture, and romance!
My family and I were looking for a casual show to watch, and we stumbled upon Amazon Video’s series Made in Heaven. The drama follows two Delhi wedding planners, Tara Khanna (Sobhita Dhulipala) and Karan Mehra (Arjun Mathur), as they encounter different couples across Indian and help them get married. Each pair carries their own baggage, featuring some forbidden love, arranged marriages, spoiled brides, and so much more. As Tara and Karan find themselves entangled in their clients’ problems, the viewers also get profound looks into the wedding planners’ lives involving their relationships, insecurities, and darkest fears regarding love.
The show does a fantastic job of bringing glamorous Indian wedding culture to life. Growing up as a child of Indian immigrants in America, I sometimes felt I had a limited connection to Indian media and entertainment. While I can’t count the number of Bollywood movies I’ve seen, this show gave me something more than a typical love story with tons of musical numbers. For one, there’s no random outbursts of song in Made in Heaven. But there’s a certain rawness that the show presents, something I’m only starting to see more and more concerning Indian stories. The show exposes many social issues in India, particularly about class and sexuality, while also displaying how beautiful Indian culture is and that love in India is complicated, just like in any country of the world.
India’s issues with the caste system are not unfamiliar to many as it permeates into multiple aspects of social life. This show analyzes how class plays a huge part in marriage and focuses on Tara, a wedding planner, as she navigates her marriage. On multiple occasions, Tara’s in-laws call her social status before marriage and her skin color into question. Tara’s sister makes many remarks about how Tara was only married to a higher class because she was beautiful and had lighter skin. The viewer gets an up-close look at Tara’s relationship with her rich husband, Adil Khanna. Their problems can be extrapolated to many class issues that the entire country faces.
Made in Heaven also focuses on the struggle that Indians in the LGBTQ+ community face. Karan is a closeted gay man and hides his sexuality from all besides a few close friends and hookups. As he struggles with keeping his sexuality separate from his business, the viewer also gets to see why Karan must hide his sex-life from the government. Until September 6th, 2018, it was illegal to have consensual non-heterosexual sex in India. The decriminalization of same-sex relationships was a huge win for the LGBTQ+ community, but homosexuality remains a divisive issue in India. I loved how this show shed some light on what a gay relationship may have looked like before the decriminalization and offered many opinions on Karan’s sexuality, including his own, his best friend’s, and his family’s.
This show gave an intimate view of Indian weddings, a bride’s position in marriage, and how love in India is beautiful and intricate. I’d recommend watching it if you’re looking for something fun, eye-opening, and dramatic to spice up your quarantine life!