I first came to know Ravi Patel, the subject of the documentary, through his role on Master of None, the show starring Aziz Ansari, who is one of my favorite comedians. I liked how this documentary blended comedy into it, making it an enjoyable journey into another culture.
The filmmakers do some really cool things with the documentary. The doc itself is a blend of footage (mostly interview-style) and animation (showing an interview between Geeta and Ravi). The animation sequences are really good, but the camera footage is not particularly well-done. There is even a joke in the beginning that she is not an experienced cinematographer, so the camerawork is going to be pretty crappy, and crappy it was. There was little attention paid to the framing of the shots. Subjects' heads were cut off half of the time. There were times when the shots were so badly lit that you couldn't even see their face. The animation aspect was definitely the saving grace of this part of the film. There were also some weird things that the film did with subtitles in place of captions, and they didn't quite look right.
This was definitely one of the more interesting documentaries that I have watched. Being focused on a comedian helped, but regardless of that, it was still a compelling story to watch how another culture deals with romance. The film does play out like a real-life romantic comedy, complete with dating montages and longing flashbacks.
Overall, this was a pretty good documentary. With a short runtime and it being on Netflix, if you are a fan of Ravi Patel or other Indian comedians, or if you are interested in learning about other cultures, you should check this out.
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Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Netflix.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably not, because documentaries aren't as fun to re-watch.
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