Not yet missing Purple Hearts from the top list, Netflix has released a romance film with almost the same theme. Previously talking about fake marriage, now is a fake boyfriend. Wedding Season is an Indian-US-produced romantic comedy film directed by Tom Dey. The film stars Suraj Sharma, Pallavi Sharda, Rizwan Manji, Ariana Afsar, and Sean Kleier. With dozens of romantic comedies of its kind, can Wedding Season speak volumes, or at least be better than Purple Hearts?

Asha (Sharda), who failed in her love affair, now moves to her hometown. The younger sister, Priya (Afsar), is about to get married, and Asha is under heavy pressure from her parents to get married. Amid Asha’s piling work deadlines, the wedding season has arrived. Asha was betrothed to Ravi (Sharma) by their parents. Asha and Ravi pretend to be dating to appease their parents and always appear at weddings. But in development, Asha’s heart melted, and love began to blossom.

Romantic comedies with similar plots appear in dozens of films with stories that are not difficult to predict with a typical three-act structure format. Then what’s the difference? This film is thick with Indian nuances with all its attributes, including a robust paternalistic culture, an old-fashioned mindset to marrying someone based on education and occupation, and of course, the music! Although the plot seems cliché, but not for the execution of the story. This is helped a lot by the two main castings that play well with solid chemistry, much different from Purple Hearts which has almost no chemistry. In particular, Pallavi Sharda has more potential in the future.

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Although typical for its genre, Wedding Season can captivate with local traditions, the appearance of its two main stars, and strong family values. Even technically, this film is much more established than Purple Hearts, especially in scene and setting. There is an impressive montage of Asha and Ravi dancing at the wedding from time to time. From one perspective, Wedding Season presents a cultural transition from the past to the present. It’s not a matter of right or wrong, but times have changed. But forever, we will not be able to deceive our hearts. Enjoy watching!

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His hobby has been watching films since childhood, and he studied film theory and history autodidactically after graduating from architectural studies. He started writing articles and reviewing films in 2006. Due to his experience, the author was drawn to become a teaching staff at the private Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta, where he taught Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory from 2003 to 2019. His debut film book, "Understanding Film," was published in 2008, which divides film art into narrative and cinematic elements. The second edition of the book, "Understanding Film," was published in 2018. This book has become a favorite reference for film and communication academics throughout Indonesia. He was also involved in writing the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Vol. 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Additionally, he authored the "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). Until now, he continues to write reviews of the latest films at and is actively involved in all film productions at the Montase Film Community. His short films have received high appreciation at many festivals, both local and international. Recently, his writing was included in the shortlist (top 15) of Best Film Criticism at the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival. From 2022 until now, he has also been a practitioner-lecturer for the Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts in the Independent Practitioner Program.


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