TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Gujarat, the Indian state that Vasant and Champa Patel were from, also was the home state of Gandhi. The family puts all its emotional baggage front-and-center, so out of respect for their parents, Ravi and Geeta keep some of the most delicate moments off-camera—Keeping Up with the Kardashians this is not. Meet the Patels (2014) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. ( Log Out / Nothing seems to work. She also inserts herself into the film when necessary, often heard but not seen.
Next, we follow Ravi on his dating frenzy, in which his parents put their networking skills into overdrive. COMPARISON SHOPPING: Love Me Through his journey to India, he realizes that the inner workings of his culture, that inevitably lead back to the semi-arranged marriage, might not be so terrible. Post was not sent - check your email addresses!
©2020 All Rights Reserved Copyright. With that, Meet the Patels is a journey of self-discovery, but it’s not Ravi’s alone.
Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. His sister Geeta tags along to record everything, as she has from the beginning.
This isn’t one of those documentaries that’s going to change the world or our understanding of it, although the insights into Indian culture are fascinating. Heartwarming look at Indian family dynamics.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Ravi wants to find love, pronto, so he and his sister Geeta document his search, touching upon universal themes of family and cultural appropriation despite the specifically personal nature of their narrative. However, having parents that exasperate their children (and vice versa) is pretty much universal and the love and affection in this family is clearly universal. He looks to his parents’ and others’ successful arranged marriages and agrees at least to consider a semi-arranged marriage, set up by his mom, dad, aunties, uncles or whomever else might know of an eligible woman—ideally also named Patel. Affiliate Disclosure: Evolve Media LLC, and its owned and operated websites may receive a small commission from the proceeds of any product(s) sold through affiliate and direct partner links. In essence, Ravi seems to be looking for a female version of himself—or he’s looking for another Audrey. You can follow her on Twitter. This would make the odds better that they shared Ravi’s values as passed down by his parents. Ravi and Geeta’s father Vasant, an affable man with relationship advice at the ready, very plainly states, “Not getting married and staying single is the biggest loser you can be.” Ouch.
The film begins with a breakup between Ravi and his red-headed American girlfriend, Audrey, who he’d been dating for a couple years, keeping her secret from his parents the whole time. When the dates prove to be unsuccessful (we are never told whether Ravi or the women he is meeting are the ones who are not interested in second dates), he goes to a wedding at his parents behest where they try to hook him up. He is set up on Biodata, a matchmaking website aimed at Indians.
Early in the film, Ravi calls out Geeta’s lack of cinematography skills, pointing out where the microphone drops into the upper corners of the frame, or her questionable focus, or her shaky hand-held shots. He goes to a Patel convention (apparently that’s a thing) and does a speed-dating thing there.
Directed by Geeta Patel and Ravi Patel Finding one's soul mate is hard enough in this modern world. Now single, he realizes he wants that extended family that he sees all around him; the family gatherings, the kids, the home, everything. Instead, the film features animation care of Powerhouse Animation Studios to recreate such charged moments, with Ravi providing NPR-like narration. Ravi’s two year relationship with pretty red head (and completely Caucasian) Audrey Wauchope has just ended; he was so hung up on his parents approval that he never told them that he was dating an American girl, fearing that they wouldn’t accept her.
FINAL RATING: 7/10 Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. This is where Ravi’s parents are from, and in Gujarat, Patels marry other Patels—it’s not incest, it’s more of a “caste thing,” Ravi says, in which eligible singlets pair up with others generally within the same 50-square-mile tract of land. Ravi confesses to the camera that, unbeknownst to his parents, he’s been dating an American redhead named Audrey for some time, but when they break up—Audrey will later say because of his refusal to commit—he’s willing to accept his parents’ help to find a suitable mate.
This is as much a family home movie as it is a documentary and a romantic comedy as much as it is a home movie. His sister (and the audience) tag along on some of his awkward first dates, and his parents are only happy to help foot the bill on 15 dates across North America, including various weddings, Indian websites and even a Patel Matrimonial Convention.
Fresh out of a breakup with his American girlfriend and freaked out that he’s almost 30 and single, Indian American Ravi Patel goes on a family vacation to India with his head and heart spinning. “Meet the Patels,” a documentary directed by first-generation Indian-American siblings Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel, is often riotously funny.
Ravi co-directs with his sister Geeta Patel, though Ravi is predominantly on screen while Geeta spend her time operating the camera while simultaneously jabbing and prodding her 29 year old brother with questions on his dating approach. Many of the candidates live all over the country and Ravi, being a struggling actor, doesn’t exactly have an endless bank account.
To complicate matters, things are heating up again with Audrey whom Ravi never really got over and when his parents find out, the curry is going to really hit the fan.
NEXT: A Faster Horse. This is a family everyone is going to be charmed by. ComingSoon.net is a property of Mandatory, an Evolve Media, LLC company. Add to that the pressure of one's family to get married and have kids and it falls under the… REASONS TO GO: Clever combination of documentary and rom-com. Still, even he seems baffled by the barely discernible nuances between Patels and their respective territories when his father explains it all to him, map in hand. Though he’s reeling and depressed after the end of his first real relationship, he travels with his parents and sister on their annual vacation to India. While the movie drags a bit in the middle as we watch Ravi get more and more frustrated with his lack of success, the end of the movie in which Ravi and his family reach an understanding is actually very touching. Change ). FAMILY VALUES: A few mildly dirty words and thematic content.
With each date, Ravi can’t help but compare the women to his ex-girlfriend, which leads to some very raw interactions between Ravi and his parents. (2015) Documentary (Alchemy) Ravi Patel, Geeta Patel, Champa V. Patel, Vasant K. Patel, Meredith Philpott, Audrey Allison Wauchope.
monitoring_string = "df292225381015080a5c6c04a6e2c2dc", PG (for thematic elements, brief suggestive images and incidental smoking). But they are concerned; their son is approaching his 30th birthday and isn’t married which in Indian culture is, as his sister Geeta puts it, Red Alert.
Which is when the purview of the film grows, becoming an eye-opening examination of a particular plot of Indian culture (namely, the state of Gujarat). The crux of the film lies within Ravi’s (and, it’s implied, many Indian Americans’) life crisis: The former investment banker-turned-actor/comedian is nearly 30 and still single, which sends him—and his traditional Indian mom and dad, Champa and Vasant—into panic mode. Ideally, according to the film, the lighter the skin tone the better, but these dating qualifiers are casually brushed aside, and Ravi and Geeta miss a pretty obvious opportunity to delve further into prejudices within the Indian culture in terms of race, religion and social status, especially coming from a film that explicates its cultural differences quite overtly. Part home movie, and part romantic comedy, Meet the Patels is a documentary crafted by brother-sister team Ravi V. Patel and Geeta V. Patel. The movie picks up when Ravi has recently split with his long time girlfriend, Audrey Wauchope.
REASONS TO STAY: Gets a little bit monotonous in the middle. Directors: Geeta V. Patel, Ravi V. Patel Writer: Ravi V. Patel, Geeta V. Patel, Billy McMillin, Matthew Hamachek Starring: Ravi V. Patel, Geeta V. Patel, Champa V. Patel, Vasant K. Patel, Audrey Alison Wauchope Release Date: September 11, 2015. Learn how your comment data is processed. And Champa, a well-regarded matchmaker within her community, is dismayed that both of her children aren’t yet married: She has her pride and her personal reputation at stake.
In lighthearted voiceover (which runs throughout the film), Ravi likens his now-existential trip to find himself to Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Eat, Pray, Love: “I was that girl.
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Starring: Ravi V. Patel, Geeta V. Patel, Champa V. Patel, Vasant K. Patel, Audrey Alison Wauchope.
The screening I attended at the South Asian Film Festival in Orlando was largely attended by Indian families who laughed loudly at some of the cultural things (like parents calling multiple times during a date) that American audiences might not get.
Add to that the pressure of one’s family to get married and have kids and it falls under the category of “how is this even possible?”.
© 2020 Paste Media Group. Starring: Ravi V. Patel, Geeta V. Patel, Champa V. Patel, Vasant K. Patel, Audrey Alison Wauchope Release Date: September 11, 2015. Ravi Patel is an actor and filmmaker who was born in the United States to Indian parents.
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