Made In Heaven
To understand history, it is better to read the biography of great people who lived during that time than to read the dry and sometimes boring history books. To understand the effects of depression or Cold War, a biography or an early account of Charlie Munger can give a broad overview of its impact on people life.
In that same vein, to know the fallacies and quirkiness of humanity and society, a wedding can be a good lens. In a vast country like India, where the culture and tradition changes after every 200 km, the weddings of India are a crazy phenomenon. In the name of tradition, culture and other bullshit, we Indians spend money like crazy for this event. They also do all sort of circus for just a day or two.
Also, add in all the quirkiness of two different families along with a bunch of others coming together for the occasion, the generation gap among the family members, their value and worldview mismatch - it is a perfect ground for delicious and explosive drama.
It is rightly captured and used by the talented director Zoya Akhtar in the new TV show from Amazon Prime, Made In Heaven. It follows two wedding planners, who have their problems to chase, to make the weddings happen and make a living out of this.
The ability to make the audience empathise with all classes of people and every character is Zoya's hallmark tradition, and it reflects gloriously in this show. The subtle class difference between Adhil-Tara, Karan's struggle with his identity, Jazz's travails with drug-addicted brother, Shibani's dilemma for loyalty and Faiza's frailty and conflicts - these are shown very subtly and in Zoya's typical non-judgemental manner. You feel like you have read a Russian novel after watching a few episodes.
It is a fantastic piece of work. If you love to know more about Indian weddings and understand the Indian psyche and society, this TV show is an excellent place to start.