Love Arranged, directed by Soniya Kirpalani, is a documentary about the practice of arranged marriage in Indian culture, and two modern women who want them. The film follows the struggles they face in trying to meet the expectations of their culture while satisfying their personal desires. One woman lives a busy life between work and an active nightlife and knows the kind of man she wants, but is in danger of becoming undesirable because she's pushing thirty. The other is chubby (though not disgustingly so; I thought she was cute), and that alone is a great turn-off to most prospective Indian men. Both women speak frankly about their hopes and fears, and we get added perspectives from their mothers and other relatives, as well as professional matchmakers and prospective dates, including one in particular who goes on a few dates with the party girl.
|Director Soniya Kirpalani|
I liked the movie, but thought it a bit light. I would've liked it to have gone deeper into Indian culture in relation to not only arranged marriages, but male-female relationships in general. Maybe get some more perspectives from the older generation.
Previously from the Urbanworld Film Festival:
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