Is it really summer if there isn’t a movie about a summer full of weddings? Netflix is filling the void with their new film Wedding Season. Asha (Pallavi Sharda) and Ravi (Suraj Sharma) live two extremely different lives, but their parents want the same thing. To try and placate them, they pretend to date all summer while attending weddings. But, feelings get in the way, and their arrangement turns into more than what either of them bargained for.
Sharma and Sharda’s involvement with the film was confirmed by Deadline in March 2021. The film was directed by Tom Dey (Failure to Launch) and with a screenplay by Shiwani Srivastava. Wedding Season is Srivastava’s debut as a film writer. Matt Code (Most Dangerous Game), Brian Grazer (Arrested Development), and Ron Howard (Arrested Development) are executive producers, with Ryan M. Murphy, John Rhodes, and Swati Shetty as producers, and Julie Strifler as an associate producer. Courtney Mitchell (The Handmaid’s Tale) served as costume designer.
Find your best dress as we take our turn at the buffet and go over everything we know about Wedding Season so far.
Wedding Season: The Plot
Asha Maurya, an Indian American, is being pressured by her parents to settle down and find a husband. Her mother (Veena Sood) is so intent on this happening for her daughter that she makes a dating profile for her and arranges dates without telling her. Doesn’t sound like a great meet-cute story to tell the kids. Asha tries to get the matriarch to take the dating profile down, but her mother will only do it on one condition: if she meets a guy named Ravi and the two of them go to some weddings together. This is a parent that has been setting a place at the dinner table for the husband she wants her daughter to have, so Asha is going to need to do something big to get her off her back.
Asha is (probably) a workaholic, with her boss saying it was great that he poached her from Wall Street. She even brings her laptop to weddings so she can get work done. Ravi, described as an “MIT genius,” is “taking a break from his job” and enjoying the time and joy it’s bringing him. The two could not be in a worse position to get together. But, they find a mutually beneficial relationship in faking dating and attending weddings.
However, like any fake dating scenario in the history of romantic comedies, the lines begin to blur, and soon they’re falling for each other, just like their parents wanted. Will it work out for them in the end despite their drastically different lifestyles? Who will fall first? Viewers may be able to anticipate the answers to these questions, but it isn’t over until the officiant says it is.
It does seem a touch odd that Asha’s parents are trying to set her up with an Indian suitor when her sister Priya (Ari Afsar) married a white man. Perhaps it’s because Asha has not tried to find love on her own, and that’s the only way her parents know how to find it for her.
Wedding Season: The Cast
Pallavi Sharda is Asha, the constantly busy lead female character. Audiences may recognize her from the Australian miniseries The Twelve or from the most recent iteration of Tom & Jerry. Ravi is played by Suraj Sharma, known for his debut role in Life of Pi and Showtime’s Homeland.
Other cast members, as listed on IMDb, include Ari Afsar (Canal Street, Hamilton) as Priya, Sean Kleier (Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Nick, Veena Sood (Virgin River) as Suneeta, Ruth Goodwin (Private Eyes) as Tina, Damian Thompson (Chicago Fire) as James, Manoj Sood (Snowpiercer) as Dinesh, Subhash Santosh (Mayor of Kingstown) as Darshit, Julius Cho (Kim’s Convenience) as Yoshi, Natasha Krishnan as Laxmi, Meher Pavri (Royally Wrapped for Christmas) as Pihu, Rakhee Morzaria (What We Do in the Shadows) as Rupa, Sonia Dhillon Tully (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as Veena, and Rizwan Manji (Schitt’s Creek, The Magicians) as Asha’s father.
The movie will be available to stream on Netflix starting August 4, 2022.
Everything Else We Know
Netflix’s Wedding Season isn’t to be confused with the Disney+/Star marriage murder series of the same name. In 2021, Deadline revealed that the media giant had greenlit the eight-part series for Star, their international streaming platform. Some cast members were announced on Disney+ Day later that year. The show has a very different premise than the film. There is no word on when the series may premiere on the platform.
[The series] centers on Katie, a beautiful bride who we meet on her wedding day surrounded by the dead bodies of her new husband and every member of his family. The police think Katie’s lover Stefan did it. Stefan thinks Katie did it. Katie thinks her ex-husband did it. No one knows what the truth is.
Even if you’re excited about Wedding Season (the film), try to refrain from making bad curry-related puns while you wait.