meet the patels
CO-DIRECTORS: GEETA PATEL AND RAVI PATEL
Meet the Patels is a laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle between the woman of his dreams ... and his parents. Filmed by Ravi’s sister in what started as a family vacation video, this hilarious and heartbreaking film reveals how love is a family affair. 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.
Sundance writer/director Geeta V. Patel is known for her raw, form-pushing style in both drama and comedy genres. Geeta and brother Ravi directed the 2015 romantic comedy Meet the Patels, which led to a writing/directing deal with Fox Searchlight in 2016. Geeta is also writer/director of the upcoming political/action feature film entitled Mouse, produced by Grant Hill (The Matrix, Tree of Life), choreography by Jeff Imada (Fight Club, Bourne Identity) and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Geeta made her directorial debut with the award-winning Sundance/ITVS war thriller, Project Kashmir, which led to directing fellowships at both the Sundance and Tribeca Institutes. Geeta began her career as Associate Screenwriter on big-budget studio films in all stages, ranging from original work to production re-writes. She has worked with Disney, Universal Pictures, ABC, NBC, and Twentieth Century Fox on a range of films including The Fast and the Furious and Blue Crush. A graduate in Comparative Area Studies at Duke University, Geeta's background languages and global human geography, along with her interest in action/movement choreography, inform her work. While studying in Berlin, Writer/Director Anthony Minghella inspired her to pursue a career in storytelling. Geeta was recently Visiting Artist in Belarus and Turkey as one of 29 filmmakers chosen for President Obama's film delegation. In 2016, she is a delegate to Bosnia and Egypt.
Ravi made his directorial debut with Meet the Patels, which led to a writing/directing deal for a feature film adaptation for Fox Searchlight.As an actor, Ravi is most recognized for his work on Scrubs, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Transformers, Powder Blue, The New Normal, and, most recently, the Fox series Grandfathered starring John Stamos. Ravi also serves as Co-CEO of THIS BAR SAVES LIVES, which he founded with actors Ryan Devlin, Todd Grinnell, Kristen Bell, Jimmy Kimmel, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Kunal Nayyar, Alyssa Milano, Susan Sarandon, and many others. TBSL gives a life-saving meal packet to a child in need for every fruit and nut bar sold. Ravi also co-manages an investment group that focuses primarily on health, wellness, and social enterprises.Prior to joining the entertainment industry, Ravi was an investment banker and later founded the popular poker magazine All In. He graduated from The University of North Carolina with double majors in Economics and International Studies. In 2016, Ravi traveled as guest of the US State Department on a diplomatic film program to Egypt and Japan.