One of Netflix's newest reality series Indian Matchmaking gives viewers a glimpse into the world of arranged marriages and Indian culture. Specifically, the show, which was filmed in 2019, follows Mumbai-based matchmaker Sima Taparia and her partner-seeking clients as they navigate the tricky world of dating and compatibility.
While the show has been met with notable criticism and sparked important conversations about colorism, casteism, and sexism, the series has quickly become a popular watch on the streaming service.
After seeing all eight episodes, many are left wondering what happened to the stars after the cameras stopped rolling. In case you're curious, here's an update on where each of Sima's clients are today, and whether or not they've since found love after Indian Matchmaking:
One of the first individuals introduced on Indian Matchmaking, the Houston native appears to be living her best single life today. While she was optimistic that things with Jay might go somewhere, she told Oprahmag.com that her relationship with him is strictly platonic at this point.
"Dilip, Jay, and Shekar. We're good friends," she told the publication about continuing to talk to three of her matches from the show. "To walk away with three people you can relate to — who are good, and kind, and grounded — is a success in my book."
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What's more, she's continuing to rule the world as a lawyer and run her travel company, My Golden Balloon. Though the coronavirus pandemic has made it tough for Aparna to meet another potential match, she said she'd be "open" to the possibility of meeting someone on Zoom.
Viewers first rooted for Nadia and Vinay Chadha when they connected over their shared hatred of ketchup. Then, shockingly, it looked like Vinay ghosted Nadia out of the blue. That said, however, Vinay claimed on Instagram that it was actually the other way around.
It’s been a wild ride but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Looking forward to my next trip around the sun and counting my blessings along the way🙏🏽🧿 . . . . 📸 : @dharpooja MUA: @makeupby.karishma Hair: @distinguishedglamour Tee: @junglibynature
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Talking about their movie night date, he wrote, "I NEVER DITCHED HER THERE. The morning of the movie on July 18 I texted saying I was sick and didn't want to last minute flake so I can't come. I thought this [was] honest [and] upfront no BS. She didn't react well when later in the day I got an IV and wanted to meet up. She replied saying I handled this wrong too and never once asked if I was ok. I have receipts to prove it." He ended his long message saying he was left "heartbroken and ghosted."
Realized some words got cut so reposting #mysocialmediagameisweak #indianmatchmaking I battled back and forth about showing my truth but just decided in the spirit of educating and learning in 2020 to post how I felt about #indianmatchmaking with Nadia. I am fine with any reactions but if there is one thing I learned this year is that your voice counts and to speak up. #indianmatchmaking
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Responding to Vinay's recollection, the New Jersey-based event planner said that she has "messages" where she told him she didn't want to pursue anything further. But after he kept reaching out, she ultimately ignored him.
"If he considers that ghosting, that's fine," she told the New York Post. "Don’t be mad at me. I am not the producer or the person who created the show. I am a piece of this puzzle, just as you were."
As for her fling with Shekar, the two reportedly continued to see each other and went on a trip together. But it ultimately just wasn't mean to be. "'The stars are not aligned,' as Sima Auntie says," Nadia concluded.
The guidance counselor from Austin, Texas was one of the most beloved characters in the series. Alas, despite a face reader predicting that he and his match Rashi would work out, they ended up just being friends. That said, he remains hopeful about finding love in the future.
"It’s no one’s fault. Matchmaking really is tough. Both people [Rashi and Manisha] I was matched with were truly wonderful, inspiring individuals who I’m proud to call friends," Vyasar relayed to the L.A. Times.
Talking to Oprahmag.com, Vyasar revealed that because of the show, in a matter of hours he received 60 messages from people either trying to set him up or asking if he's single. That sounds promising!
Akshay Jakhete and Radhika
Though Preeti, Akshay's mother, was ecstatic when Radhika and Akshay agreed to get married, apparently their plans changed off camera. Akshay explained to the L.A Times: "A few days later, there were some things which we found out that did not go down well with us, and eventually I called it off."
He continued: “Trust is something [that] once broken cannot be regained in a matter of days — it takes a really long time ... 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.”
Interestingly, he told Meaww.com something a tad different: "I realized in the night I couldn't sleep, the whole thing was going on in my head, like 'What am I doing with my life, or what's going on? I cannot be stuck with this person.'"
His reason for calling things off? They are two different people, according to Akshay. "I mean, we couldn't even hold a conversation together for more than five minutes. So that's the only reason. The next day itself, I was like, 'I'm not doing this.'"
Up until he met Rushali Rai, Pradhyuman went through a lot of biodata files on his quest to find a life partner. But as he shared on Instagram, after he and Rushali went on their horseback riding date, their romance didn't continue to blossom.
"We did keep in touch," he said. "However 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."
I decided to be a part of #indianmatchmaking on @netflix as I am personally always looking foward to new experiences and also thought I could try a different way to find my life companion. It was a radical yet a conscious decision to find one of the most meaningful aspect of my life. I did end up in a rather intense process but leaving me with a beautiful experience . Also having a camera around was not easy as it makes you conscious but it made me push my boundaries and out of my comfort zone. I would also like to take this opportunity to answer a few questions that I have been receiving . What happened with Rushali post the horse ride? We did keep in touch however 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 :) Have I rejected 150 proposals in reality? It’s been misunderstood . Match makers send you several biodata (not proposals) to go through to find the suitable individual and figure who seems the right preference. It’s only the first stage ,followed by verification, preferences, intentions, telephonic conversations and finally a meeting. I have met only a couple of them out of these biodata. Think about it when you are swiping left or right in dating apps are you rejecting or it’s just not your preference? Just like everyone else I am also looking for a beautiful life, full of growth and experiences with my partner , with whom I can be mentally aligned and I am taking my time because it’s for life and don't want to rush into it. And for those of you who are curious - I am not gay nor bisexual. I absolutely love Foxnuts and my door knob is just a creative photo frame reminding me of two life-death experiences. Little did I know I would be showered with so so much of love and support, well wishes, memes ( which makes me laugh at myself and I personally think we needed something to laugh for this 2020) and even the trolling. In 10 days , more than 10k of you who have come to my feedand it has left me overwhelmed and I am full of gratitude , love and feel so blessed. Thank you universe.
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Pradhyuman clarified to the L.A. Times that he is, indeed, still "looking for the right one."
The Delhi-based business owner walked away from Indian Matchmaking without a prospective match. Today, she is continuing to focus on her growing business and her own happiness.
"I am from the generation that grew up watching all possible high school romance and family love stories and my heart is a lot like Anjalis. But I also grew up loving myself in all my glory," she wrote, in part, 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."
I am gushing with all the love you've all shown me for #IndianMatchmaking on Netflix. Thank you to all the women who reached out. To my friends, who love me so shamelessly and selflessly, are my biggest critics, call me out for my bullshit and drown me in calls letting me know how proud I made them. While I'm a huge believer of you gotta do you and you just gotta be you, I am also a SUCKER FOR OLD SCHOOL ROMANCE. I am from the generation that grew up watching all possible high school romance and family love stories and my heart is a lot like Anjalis. But I also grew up loving myself in all my glory. 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. Does that make me a woman of modern values? Yes, of course it does. Aren't we evolving and moving into a much less regressive way of life on a daily basis? For me that qualifies as modernization which in turn means progress. Progression of Humanity. So while many might say I won't fit into a traditional Indian family (and believe me it really bothers me at times, cause I love loving and being with my person) But my parents didnt raise a princess, they raised a woman. A woman with a mind of her own. 📸 By one one true friend (younger sister/ business partner) and mirror for the good bad and ugly @gayatrimallikabansal
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While the matchmaker told Rupam that it would be difficult for her to match with someone (because she was divorced and had a child), Rupam seemed to be on the path to love at the end of Indian Matchmaking. As viewers can recall, Rupam met a guy on Bumble and the two ended up trying out a long-distance relationship. Because Rupam doesn't appear to have social media accounts, it's hard to say where she is now and if she's still with the same guy. But more importantly, we just hope she's happy!
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