‘Indian Matchmaking’ on Netflix: Meet Aparna, Sima and more – Los Angeles Times

‘Indian Matchmaking’ on Netflix: Meet Aparna, Sima and more – Los Angeles Times

Mumbai-based matchmaker Sima Taparia of Netflix's "Indian Matchmaking"

Sima Taparia

(Yash Ruparelia/Courtesy of Netflix)

At one point in the series, she’s dubbed the “human Tinder.” Taparia began her career in marriage consulting primarily focused in the Mumbai region, but has expanded her enterprise with clients in the U.K., Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, South Africa and Nigeria.

Taparia and Mundhra’s relationship goes back 15 years. The filmmaker enlisted Taparia’s services in her own quest to find a husband. (Mundhra ultimately met her now-husband in graduate school.) And Taparia later appeared in “A Suitable Girl” alongside her daughter, Ritu, who was one of the main subjects of the documentary.

“As a filmmaker, I was like: ‘When you see it, you know it,’” Mundhra says of Taparia’s persona. “You just meet somebody who is so charismatic and honest and straightforward and blunt, to the point where sometimes it’s horrifying. There was this refreshing honesty about her, and absolute passion for what she does.”

Taparia entered her own arranged marriage when she was 19 — and has been married for 37 years.

“Marriage means compromise and adjustment,” Taparia says over video conference from her home in Mumbai. “I’ve compromised
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