About Meet The Patels Film
But for Meet The Patels co-director and subject Ravi Patel, a first-generation American actor who was 29 when he and his filmmaker sister. Ravi Vasant Patel (born December 18, ) is an American actor. He has also written and directed, with his sister, an autobiographical documentary, Meet the Patels. He married actress Mahaley Hessam on May 7, . What links here · Related changes · Upload file · Special pages · Permanent link · Page information. "Meet the Patels" Makes a Case for Letting Your Parents Set You Up expo,” Ravi's dad explains, but for Patels to meet and match up with other eligible Patels . Ravi Patel calls his parents one of the happiest couples he's ever seen. A study of American-Indian married couples by Pamela Regan.
Courtesy of Alchemy hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Alchemy Ravi Patel and his sister, Geeta, worked together on the documentary Meet the Patels, in which Ravi struggles to find a partner both he and his parents love.
Ravi Patel (actor)
Courtesy of Alchemy "My parents are both Indian," Ravi Patel explains during an interview as he fixes a cup of chai for a visitor. And while they grew up the Old School way, not dating, having family put them together, we're like, American. Even though in many important ways we're very Indian. In a nutshell, the movie asks what happens when your own hopes and dreams clash with those your parents have.
The movie opens as the Patel family is en route to its annual monthlong vacation in India. The trip comes just after Ravi, a Los Angeles-based actor, has broken up with his girlfriend, Audrey. They'd been dating for two years, but he never told his parents about her. Audrey is white, and Ravi's parents — Vasant and Champa Patel — expect their only son will marry a nice Indian girl, preferably from their hometown province of Gujarat.
That area is filled with Patels who are all distantly related, and many of whom have married each other since time immemorial. Soon after, he's slumped in a plane seat as his parents hector him about not being married, not presenting them with the grandchildren they long for, etc.
There Ravi was "with my parents. A Patel family selfie, with actor Ravi clockwise from leftparents Champa and Visant, and sister Geeta. Courtesy of Alchemy hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Alchemy A Patel family selfie, with actor Ravi clockwise from leftparents Champa and Visant, and sister Geeta. Courtesy of Alchemy Geeta, a filmmaker, had recently finished a documentary project. She had brought along a camera purely to shoot family footage on the trip.
But watching the exchange Ravi was having with their parents, her filmmaker's instinct kicked in, as did the natural inclination of a big sister to torture her younger sibling. My brother is, like, hilariously suffering right now — let's film it! Geeta followed Ravi around, chronicling his attempts to find a woman both he and his parents could love.
After agreeing to see if his parents' way to find The One might work better than his own, Ravi began a dating odyssey. It took him cross-town, crosscountry, out of the country and even to an annual Patel matrimonial convention in Baltimore, designed to introduce young single Patels to each other in the hopes that they'll decide to date, maybe even marry.
Remember, back home, Patels marry Patels, right?
'Meet The Patels': One Man's Quest To Find Love, The Old-School Indian Way
Meet the Patels took six years to make! The most challenging part of making this film was to allow the film to find its own voice and keep its authenticity. How did making Meet the Patels and its subsequent release change your lives and careers? This film really changed our lives. Our love and appreciation for our parents has grown immensely. We understand how hard it must have been — and still would be — to see their culture and tradition fade. We also see how brave and strong they are to try to understand us, and help us achieve our dreams and find love.
We are really lucky.
We want to be there for our parents, too. I also feel so much more aware of my emotions and actions. And I realize that love is more important than anything else. And that my family will always be there. They know us better now, too. In the end, we all have a much deeper relationship because we are all much more honest with each other.
While we often disagree about things, we are mostly respectful of letting everyone be themselves.
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Other than that, I think, in getting to see our entire family as characters in a movie, we both got a chance to be truly grateful for how lucky we are to have such a wonderful family. What an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do this, and make your family closer. Oh, and mom and dad are famous now. I get calls every day from people wanting to cast them in all kinds of things.
Do you have an especially favorite scene?
Just a…few things have changed in your lives since the filming stopped. What updates can you share with us? What did you learn while shooting a personal film like Meet the Patels that helped you with your approach to filming TV shows? I just kind of filmed Ravi as I filmed mom and dad. When we came back from India, we showed the footage to PBS. And two, the relationship between you and your brother is really strong. But we both thought about it, and even though it is quite a sacrifice and inconvenience to tell the story of your own family, especially being from a private, difficult culture to document, I wanted to make the film that I wish was around when I was going through this.
So that feeling overpowered the sacrifice and inconvenience. The reality television way of doing things would be that the moment someone is about to cry you bring the camera out.
Very early on we had decided that the family comes before the film. We wrestled with it. We actually met with him.
Our goal was that the animation was not going to be gratuitous or boring. And I think the animation added a whole new dimension to the film. So I learned that putting your own restrictions like that can actually lead to something really great.