The second season of Netflix’s popular regency-era romance, ‘Bridgerton’, centres around two South Asian sisters from the Sharma family, Kate and Edwina Sharma. Desi fans of the show have mixed feelings about the ‘Hindustani’ family’s portrayal on the glamourous show.
Since its start, Bridgerton has aimed to portray a “multihued, multi-ethnic, colourful world,” however fictionalized. The show straddles the line between fantasy, and cultural accuracy.
Some viewers loved how the show incorporated South Asian family traditions, such as oiling each others’ hair, and applying turmeric paste during a pre-wedding ceremony.
“Many South Asians grow up having their hair oiled routinely by a parent or older caregiver. It’s so warming to see those cultural practices presented in this season,” wrote one fan.
Many fans were delighted that the show used an orchestra cover of the famous song from the classic Bollywood film, Kabi Khushi, Kabhie Gham.
Many fans said they found it empowering to see a darker-skinned South Asian woman playing the lead in a major show .
“Not only do we get South Asian ladies as leads, they’re properly brown with desi features instead of light-skinned and ethnically ambiguous,” opined one woman.
At the same time, some fans were irked by some minor errors. Many fans balked at the character’s pronunciation of ‘Ghalib’, in addition to the fact that the poet would have been 16 years old during the show’s era. Others found the language the character’s used, and their names, to be inauthentic.