Meet the Patels

When Indian American actor Ravi Patel goes to India with his father Vasant, and his mother Champa, one word keeps coming back again and again. And that word is “married”, as in “Why aren’t you married yet?”, or “You’re 29? You know, you should get married.” Every distant family member Ravi meets say the same things: “Get married!” We know this because his sister and co-director Geeta filmed the whole thing. Ravi’s parents want a traditional Indian wedding. First you find a nice Indian girl from a nice Indian family. And, a small minor detail, the girl should also be a Patel, just as long as she is not from the same branch of Patels. There are lots of Patel families in India, so it should easy for a nice Patel boy like Ravi to find a nice Patel girl. But Ravi was born in America and he wants to marry a modern, American Patel girl. His parents agree with him, so they organize a system called “bio-dating”. Ravi’s resume is sent to other Patel families in America. And then, Ravi receives resumes from interested Patel girls, and he then has to choose which ones he will date. What Ravi did not tell mom and dad is that before filming started, he broke up with his non-Indian, red-haired girlfriend. Actually, he still thinks about Audrey a lot, and they are still in touch. Meet the Patels is filmed casually, without any pretensions. And it is fun. But mom and dad are the best part of the film. After more than 30 years of marriage, Champa and Vasant are still the best of friends, having fun together. And they are still in love. And that’s what it’s all about: Love.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Meet the Patels

Directed by:
Geeta Patel
Ravi Patel

Screenplay by:
Matthew Hamachek
Billy McMillin
Geeta Patel
Ravi Patel

88 min.

Rated Parental Guidance

 

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