IANS Review: “Say Yes To The Dress India”: a calm show but well packaged and presented
By Troy Ribeiro
December 14: Series: “Say yes to the India dress” (Streaming on discovery +); Duration: 30 minutes
Director: Dhiraj Sharma
Actors: Divyak D’Souza, Mallika Agrawal, Shivani Rawat, Ekta Prasad, Zinobia Surty, Shaneli Jain, Ishita Mitrani, Divine D’Souza, Manisha Prakash, Zara Umrigar, Varun Bahl, Shubika, Monica Shah, Anju Modi, Ashdeen, Seema Gujral, Léon Vaz, Vrinda Goklani
IANS Rating: ***
In today’s materialistic and selfish world, for a bride-to-be, choosing a “hosh udane wala wedding outfit” is a complicated task. It’s harder than falling in love. Yes, falling in love is easy. It is not a choice because it is an irrational chain of events that simply cannot be stopped. Love can happen slowly, over time, or quickly over time. A glance. A key. A long conversation. And you are the hook line and the sinker …
But when it comes to wedding outfits, brides-to-be are spoiled for choice and you often hear them say, “I like that, but …”
This eight-part fashion reality TV show, ‘Say Yes To The Dress India’, airing on discovery + simplifies the process, “doing the impossible,” its host Divyak D’Souza ardently says.
Each episode is staged and its conception is stereotypical. Host Divyak D’Souza introduces himself and the two future brides, who are said to be featured, on the show. He tells us that the whole process is not about the outfit but rather how the future brides feel in the outfit of their choice.
Each bride’s likes and dislikes for her dream wedding dress are discussed and factored into after scrutinizing their initial application and meeting them at their home before the show.
The host and his team then zeroed out the designer, whose outfits might best suit the candidate. Then, Divyak and her team present them with three to four dresses, but not before taking into consideration the whole entourage – parents, family and friends, because weddings in India are not an individualist affair. He assures the bride: “I’ll find you the dress that will make you shine.”
Ultimately, to seal the deal, when the bride seems happy with her choice, Divyak asks the question, “So, are you saying yes to the dress?” »Upon confirmation from the candidate, mission accomplished, the relieved facilitator presents the designer of the dress to the bride-to-be.
With a wide range of applicants, the show appears to be a gallery of brides’ portraits. Some deem some dramatic and funny, from different states and religions, of brides getting married for the first time, and there is also one, a single mother with a young teenage son getting married for the second time. The list and line of dresses is fascinating.
But what makes the show interesting are the metaphors and comments thrown by the brides and those around them that keep you humorously engaged. What hit it hard, and it’s true, is that Zinobia told Divyak that he looks more like a harassed salesperson in a shop than a host on the show.
Overall the show is a bit laid back but well packaged and presented. It would appeal to women and families with wedding plans in mind.