The Juggernaut has the usual predictable take. Racist, classist, colorist, heterosexist, etc.
Myself, I don’t take these shows as illustrations of how the world should be, but how it is. Anthropology.
When I was younger I was very opposed to an arranged marriage. My parents had an arranged marriage, and I found it to be regressive and backward. Now that I’m older, and married with 3 children, I have more moderate views. Many of my friends have not settled down, and they are not happy about it. Finding a partner can be hard. The dating scene can be Darwinian and brutal. It’s not really that edifying.
I don’t come with any answers. Rather, I think we should give people more grace whatever path they take.
The Western romantic vision of a nuclear family where the parents are an island in the world is the path I took. But I’m far less self-righteous about it than I used to be. If there are negative things about arranged marriages, and there are, we should focus on those things, rather than the whole institution. In some ways, dating apps are now becoming the new matchmakers in any case.