Wedding Season is a 2022 Indian-American romantic comedy movie directed by Tom Dey and written by Shiwani Srivastava. The movie stars Pallavi Sharda, Suraj Sharma, Veena Sood, Rizwan Manji, Sean Kleier, Ari Afsar and Manoj Sood.
“Wedding Season” is based more on the idea of what Americans think Indians are. It is also sad that they failed to capture the nuances of the cultural understanding of first and second-generation Americans. Very crudely, the makers thought they were making some “very spicy curry” but it was just a “mild raita”.
Wedding Season: Synopsis
“Wedding Season” begins with Asha’s mother setting up her profile on a matrimonial website, describing her as looking for an “Indian Prince Charming”. First of all, we will never believe that an Indian mother would willingly say these words on a public platform. But cut to Ash. She is a pioneering career woman working to raise a fund to help thousands of women in Southeast Asia become independent and empowered. And because she’s so busy, she doesn’t have time for relationships.
This is a trope we’re tired of. Either way, during the funding pitch, Ash is told that while they believe in her vision, they need a story. A story to understand her commitment to the project. Thank goodness that wouldn’t happen in the real world. This is why “Wedding Season” lacks depth. Because even though all the connections exist, their execution was so random. Was this the only way the creator could think of to bring the history of immigrant families closer?
As we continue, we see that Ash’s mother is insisting that she get married. So mother and daughter come up with a bargain. Asha will go on dates with Ravi and attend all the weddings during the season because that is the best place to find boys. Honestly, after a lifetime of going to other people’s weddings, we can say that Asha’s mother is wrong and the dupatta doesn’t get stuck on anyone’s watch.
Either way, Asha and Ravi’s date doesn’t go well as both seem to be there to entertain their parents. However, Ravi seems to have some interest. Word is spreading in the Indian circle that the date was a disaster.
They go to another wedding when some of the aunties start throwing shade at Asha about how she needs to find a husband quickly, she makes an impulsive decision and announces that her and Ravi’s date wasn’t such a flop after all and that they are seeing each other. Initially shocked, Ravi agrees to go along with the ruse. They come up with an agreement to pretend to be a couple before the wedding season.
The ruse begins to work well. Both their parents are happy and Asha is working on her financial presentation while Ravi is dancing his heart out at weddings. But Ravi has had enough. She tells Ash that they have to fake it and start acting like a couple. She agrees, and at an interfaith wedding boycotted by the bride and groom’s parents, the two tear up a little while listening to their stories, followed by their first dance.
At another party, a non-wedding party, Asha is surprised to learn that Ravi is actually a DJ. They talk for a while and Ravi confesses that he’s been on the road for a long time and wants to take his time to figure out what he wants out of life. It’s the first time they’ve opened up to each other, and the moment is just right for them to lean in for a kiss. Really, what is it with rom-coms that think even the most fleeting moments of vulnerability have to be followed by a kiss? it doesn’t work that way.
But back to the movie. Their moment is interrupted, but their feelings for each other are clear. They go on another date but this time Asha falls asleep as she has been overworked for some time. The next day, she tells him that she wished she had stayed up so they could spend some time together. The two start dating, but are low-key about it.
Asha’s presentation is coming up and Ravi motivates her to do her best. She talks about how her grandfather worked so hard to send her father to America, and subsequently how it made her where she is. Asha gets a fund and a promotion for which she has to move to London. One of the other donors was a foundation called “Red Star”.
Asha tells her sister that she has big news. Her mother sees the message and misinterprets it as Asha getting engaged. They are ready to celebrate when Asha and Ravi walk in and much to their surprise the real news was the news of Asha’s promotion. In the discussions that follow, it is revealed that they were fake dating all along. Ravi also admits to dropping out of MIT and DJing around the world.
He and Asha have an argument when he admits that he runs a foundation called “Red Star”. Asha takes this to mean that he was interfering with her work to promote her, which must mean he doesn’t believe in her. She is heartbroken and breaks up with him. But Ravi’s parents come and tell him to try and talk to her. When confronted, Ravi tells them to stop looking for their 16-year-old son who went to MIT and instead accepts the son who is currently trying to live his life.
Wedding Season Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
The movie wouldn’t be a rom-com if they didn’t end up together. At Asha’s sister’s wedding, which is the last of the season, Asha has a heart-to-heart with her mother, where she tells her that she wants a life for Asha where she is happy and does what she wants. Asha realizes that she wants to reunite with Ravi and rushes to find him. Why don’t people just dial?
Anyway, she finds him on a date and monologues about how he’s a good guy and wants him back. Once she confesses her feelings, she returns to the wedding, but now her sister is missing. She finds herself crying in the closet, overwhelmed by everything. Asha assures her that it will work out and that her fiancé loves her to death.
In a surprising turn of events, it turns out that the DJ at the wedding is Ravi. His date was his cousin, whom he took to lunch. The moment of reconciliation is almost perfect when the aunt tries to tell the congregation that Ravi didn’t actually go to MIT. But both sets of parents tell her that they should learn from their children and accept people for who they are. Ravi himself lets the entire gathering know that he has dropped out of college and is now pursuing his dreams. Ravi and Asha start dating and all is well for the couple and their families.