Filmed by Ravi’s sister in what started as a family vacation video, this hilarious and heartbreaking film reveals how love is truly a family affair. Fresh out of a breakup with his American girlfriend and freaked out that he’s almost 30 and single, Ravi goes on a family vacation to India with his head and heart spinning. He’s desperate to find love and willing to do whatever it takes.
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. In his family, everyone has the last name Patel. Patels marry other Patels. It’s not incest, it means they are from the same 50-square mile radius in India. Struck with how overwhelmingly happy the marriages are of his Patel family and friends, Ravi decides to embark on a worldwide search for another American Patel just like him.
He enlists the help of his legendary matchmaker mother and his life-advice-spouting father, and can’t seem to shake his documentarian sister who follows him around, inserting unhelpful commentary at every whim. Over the course of a year, Ravi’s parents send him on a whirlwind of dates around the United States via the “Biodating” system, a chain of weddings, online matrimonial websites, and the “Patel Matrimonial Convention.” But there is a twist to this story and the only thing in the way of Ravi finding love… is his family… and a little secret. Witty and brutally honest, this comedy explores the questions with which we all struggle: What is love? How do we find it? And even then, how do we keep it?
Directed by siblings Ravi Patel and Geeta Patel, this spirited and uplifting documentary comes to you from Producer Janet Eckholm (American Splendor), Academy Award Winning Executive Producer Geralyn Dreyfous (Born Into Brothels), and PBS. With clever use of unique animation and a soulful soundtrack that will have audiences dancing in their seats, Geeta and Ravi, along with their quirky parents keep audiences entertained and glued to the screen. Meet The Patels is a film everyone can relate to regardless of gender, age, or cultural background — after all we have all been there.