July 30, 2020
As Netflix’s reality series Indian Matchmaking has captivated audiences globally, participant Aparna Shewakramani has generated some of the most attention.
In the show, the then 34-year-old Houston lawyer is one of several millennials who employ the services of Sima Taparia, “Mumbai’s top matchmaker,” to find a partner. Her one-liners (“You know I hate comedy”; “I was happy to see that somebody was a unicorn on paper, but that doesn’t mean they’re a unicorn in real life”) spawned an entire ecosystem of memes.
Her honesty and clarity about what she wants (and doesn’t) initially elicited knee-jerk reactions (Taparia accuses Shewakramani of “ordering off a menu” and gives her only one date option for her first set-up) but, over time, audiences have warmed up to a person who is far more nuanced in real life.
The Juggernaut spoke with Shewakramani about her responses to both audience vitriol and love (#TeamAparna), how “unscripted” television fails to portray reality, her travel company, when she’ll visit the Bolivian salt flats, and why she’s fine with everyone forgetting her in six months (highly unlikely).