Family Karma is finally back — and it’s bigger and better than ever before!
The cult favorite Bravo reality show returns for its third season on Sunday, continuing to follow three generations of Indian American families in and around Miami. Season 3 features not one but two weddings within the group, in addition to an engagement.
“Everyone wants to attend Indian weddings,” cast member Monica Vaswani told In The Know’s Gibson Johns following the Family Karma panel at BravoCon 2022. “It’s the one time that you see all aspects of our culture: You see the dance, you see the music, you see the outfits, you eat the food.”
“Weddings are such a big part of our culture and our families,” co-star Anisha Ramakrishna echoed. “And you know what happens at weddings? Drama.”
Viewers will get to see Vishal Parvani and Richa Sadana finally tie the knot after seeing them work through a variety of issues in their relationship over the first couple of seasons. They’ll also see Amrit Kapai and Nicholas Kouchoukos get married in an emotional wedding that Monica, Anisha and co-star Bali Chainani promise left not a dry eye in the house.
“They were very particular about who they wanted there, because I’m sure they just wanted people there who supported them along their journey in their love story,” Monica said of their nuptials. “To be able to have the opportunity to even attend was an honor.”
“If you’re going to talk about love, commitment and responsibility, you got that with Amrit and Nicholas,” Bali added. “I could never have imagined [our parents at a gay wedding]. I’d never been to a gay wedding! I would’ve never thought that our parents would’ve been in a room weeping over this love. And let me tell you: There were no tears at Vishal and Richa’s [wedding]. We were moist, because it was hot.”
The shade was palpable, as it seems that the group mentality around the two weddings in this upcoming season of Family Karma couldn’t have been more different. Viewers got an intimate look at Amrit’s journey of finding acceptance within his community firsthand when we saw him come out as gay to his grandmother, who died shortly after. It was a vulnerable, groundbreaking moment to see on TV, and it adds inherent meaning to now be able to watch him marry the love of his life for all the world to see.
Meanwhile, Vishal and Richa’s relationship has been more tumultuous, with the two going so far as to briefly call off their engagement last season. Bali was diplomatic when comparing their romance with that of Amrit and Nicholas.
“With Vishal and Richa, they go minute by minute,” she told In The Know. “Every relationship has different dynamics, and I can’t see either of them with anyone else but each other. They’re beautifully dysfunctional together.”
While the season does center around two major weddings within the cast, there’s much more on the table when it comes to what viewers can expect from Family Karma‘s third season. Bali told us that she finds herself in a “dark place” this season, and viewers will see some of her castmates support her through it.
“You’re going to see it all. You’re going to see a lot — the crown tilts a little bit. I have my queens to straighten it for me all the time,” she explained. “This season is not just about the two weddings. It’s about all of us going through things. You can’t make this s*** up sometimes.”
“As we’ve come along, and going into a third season, we’ve gotten more and more transparent with each other. Even now, we’ve gotten to a point where we can speak about something that makes us feel uncomfortable, but we’re also learning how to speak about it in a group setting. The bonds have gotten stronger. We’ve definitely shared a lot with each other. We all have each other’s back,” Monica added. “The one thing that makes this show so beautiful is each individual story. The ensemble cast are all in different lanes. We all offer something different and have different perspectives on things. Sometimes even on camera we learn from each other and have aha moments in the moment.”
The way Anisha, who recently got engaged and has been cryptic about what she’s shared publicly about the man in her life, sees it: The group dynamics have gotten stronger and, while they’re more aware of what goes into making a reality TV show a success, ultimately everyone in the cast is living their lives authentically. The cameras being there to document it all is simply par for the course for them now.
“I’m having one of the best times of my life right now,” she told ITK. “[Being on] a TV show wasn’t even a thought. I’m just living and I’m happy.”
Season 3 of Family Karma premieres on Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. ET only on Bravo.
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