Indian-Jewish filmmaker Priya Ruth Paul makes her feature debut with this comedy/drama about the clash between Indian marital traditions and the contemporary world. Set in well-to-do, hypermodern Chandigarth, among characters who almost always speak English (except when angry or upset), it centers on the conflicts of two young women more interested in careers and true love than in satisfying their matriarch’s determination to “arrange” their marriages. The result feels more like a TV movie than a feature, with mild humor and familiar complications that will not be enough to compensate for Westerners’ impatience with the meddling old woman. Despite the modern setting, she appears to be living in the middle ages.
Jaya (Neha Dubey) is a 21-year-old bullied into auditioning for various male suitors and their families, while fending off the advances of the arrogant jerk next door. Meanwhile, Uma (Rajeshwari Sachdev), her 30-year-old aunt, whose asthma has made her unable to find a husband, falls for a visiting Brit (William Randall), to the matriarch’s dismay. Performers and technical credits are no more than adequate.