Even the Fathers Day Quotes New Daddy Our First Father’s Day Matching T-Shirt Additionally,I will love this jewelry that didn’t exist to move the plot forward—Kate and Edwina’s gold jhumkas, chokers dripping with pearls, chains with intricately-designed lockets—was a joy to see. The pieces were delicate and, in wide shots, not too dissimilar to the gems worn by the Bridgertons and the Featheringtons, and yet, on closer inspection they reminded me of what my mother had worn on her wedding day. They, perhaps more than anything else, exemplify what I appreciated most about Bridgerton’s approach. These details are Easter eggs for South-Asian viewers and are entirely unobtrusive for everyone else. They aren’t exoticized or dissected. They’re just presented without comment. Producer Shonda Rhimes and creator Chris Van Dusen deserve even more credit considering that in the source material for Season 2, Julia Quinn’s The Viscount Who Loved Me, Kate and Edwina are discernibly white and have the surname Sheffield, not Sharma. In reimagining them and their mother, Mary, as Bombay transplants, Rhimes and Van Dusen could easily have established this fact in a withering Lady Whistledown voiceover and left it at that. (After all, the ethnicities of many characters in Bridgerton aren’t addressed at all.) Instead, they’ve gone much further in honoring their heritage. It’s both heartening and a reminder that we, as South Asians, are so rarely fed by English-language dramas when it comes to seeing glamorous, worldly, and flawed reflections of ourselves. With Bridgerton, we lap up every morsel that we’re given, but it also makes us hungry for more.
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After zipping through all eight episodes, I was left wondering if the Fathers Day Quotes New Daddy Our First Father’s Day Matching T-Shirt Additionally,I will love this show went quite far enough. There seems to be a deliberate lack of specificity surrounding the regional background of the Sharmas: their surname is north Indian, but Kate and Edwina call each other “didi” and “bon” (the Bengali words for elder and younger sister) while calling their father “appa” (a Tamil term). It’s in keeping with Bridgerton’s penchant for whisking different elements together without much regard for realism—just as the Ton, visually, is an amalgamation of London and Bath—but I, for one, would’ve loved to have heard more about their lives beyond Bombay. Similarly, Kate declares early on that Edwina speaks both Marathi and Hindustani, but we only hear them speak to each other in faintly accented English. In this post-Parasite entertainment landscape, where the predominantly signed CODA just won best picture, are subtitles still a barrier for Western audiences? Couldn’t we have had a glimpse of the sisters confiding in each other in their mother tongue, as they presumably would’ve done back home? And, although their costumes, with their jewel tones and paisley prints, do pay tribute to their heritage, I’d have given anything to have seen Edwina walk down the aisle in a ruby red sari or lehenga instead of her (admittedly beautiful) white gown.