Wedding Season may seem like another Hallmark-esque romantic comedy from Netflix, but it’s actually a wonderful effort that will warm the hearts of its viewers.
Wedding Season follows Asha (Pallavi Sharda), a young Indian woman who has recently gone through some major changes in her life. She ended her engagement to a well-to-do bachelor who had her mom’s approval. She also quit her career in banking to major in microeconomics. Her mother Suneeta (Veena Sood) is too worried about her daughter’s marriage prospects and decides to set her up on a dating site in the hope of using modern tactics to arrange a marriage.
Wedding Season: Movie Review
Of course, Asha wholeheartedly disagrees. Enter Ravi (Suraj Sharna). Asha and Ravi meet because he was also set up by his parents. The two don’t get on too well, but after a few arguments, Asha comes up with an idea that doesn’t quite backfire – she and Ravi pretend to be dating to appease their parents and free themselves from their pressure.
Pallavi Sharda and Suraj Sharma have amazing chemistry despite the writing for their characters not being ideal when it comes to building their romance. However, there is enough to make the audience smile at these two. Their scenes together feel effortless and that’s all anyone could ask for when it comes to romance. If the central couple doesn’t have chemistry, everything falls apart.
Sharda and Sharma also have the advantage of playing characters that are well written and have equal presence in the film. If there were fewer montages and more scenes where they got to know each other, the Wedding Season would have been perfect.
Wedding Season follows this fake but real couple as they navigate the pressures their parents put on them. It’s easy to have a movie skate without the characters considering that love and marriage should be an independent path, not one dictated or imposed by parents. The wedding season provides time and space for both Asha and Ravi to face their problems head-on in a way that is satisfying and honest.
While the writing for the central couple is lacking in romantic scenes, there is a great sense of understanding and authenticity in the building of who they are as people and how they relate to their parents. These scenes allow Veena Sood, Rizwan Manji, Meher Pavri, and Manoj Sood to playfully realized characters, not just caricatures of exaggerated Indian parents.
Shiwani Srivastava’s screenplay is simple and to the point, but the specificity and sincerity that comes through adds to the overall experience. Tom Dey directs competently, but there is nothing spectacular about his work, which is unfortunately expected from Netflix.
The entire production doesn’t feel as bland as many other Netflix rom-coms, which is a credit to cinematographer Meena Singh, who provides a hint of that cinematic sheen. Danielle Sahot’s production design is essential to making every scene feel like it wasn’t filmed in an empty hotel or office building. There is a liveliness to each setting that allows the story to flourish. A lot of effort goes into creating a thoughtful and entertaining family drama that viewers will enjoy.
Wedding season is by no means reinventing the wheel, but it is undeniably fun. While it can be a little flat when it comes to romance (and comedy, for that matter), there’s a winning sincerity in how it approaches the central drama that makes up for what it lacks in the rom-com department. Sharda and Sharma are also incredibly charismatic and fun actors to watch. Hopefully, the Wedding Season will open up a world of possibilities for the two of them. Overall, the film is deeply formulaic but succeeds by wearing its heart on its sleeve.
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