(San Francisco, CA., Tuesday, December 20, 2016) - Meet the Patels is a charming, real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an Indian American actor/comedian who enters into a love triangle between the woman of his dreams â€” and his parents. Filmed by Raviâ€™s sister, Geeta, in what started as a family vacation video, this warm and funny film reveals how, for a Patel, love is truly a family affair.
Fresh out of a breakup with his secret girlfriend, who is white, and freaked out that heâ€™s almost 30 and still single, Ravi goes on a family vacation to India with his head and heart spinning. He decides heâ€™s willing to do whatever it takes to find love â€” but thereâ€™s a catch: in his family, everyone has the last name Patel. Patels marry other Patels. Itâ€™s not incest â€” it just means they are from the same 50-square mile radius in India.
Struck with how overwhelmingly happy are the marriages of his Patel family and friends, Ravi plunges into the foolproof Patel matchmaking system and embarks on a worldwide search for the perfect American Patel woman.
A well-oiled machine, the Patel network is instantly alerted to Raviâ€™s availability through his legendary matchmaker mother and his jovial, advice-spouting father, both of whom expertly quarterback Raviâ€™s love life through a system that has brought happiness into the lives of all of Raviâ€™s cousins. Over the course of a year, Raviâ€™s parents send him on a whirlwind of dates across the United States and Canada via the â€śbiodatingâ€ť system (in which resumes are circulated within the Patel universe), a chain of weddings, online matrimonial websites, and even the Patel Matrimonial Convention. During the process, Ravi canâ€™t seem to shake his documentarian sister who follows him around, inserting commentary at every turn. Witty and brutally honest, Meet the Patels explores the questions with which we all struggle: What makes a great, lasting marriage? What is love? How do we find it? And even then, how do we keep it?
Meet the Patels airs on PBS/Independent Lens on Monday, December 26, 2016 at 9pm (check local listings).