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Ravi Patel: Bollywood does not want me

After that includes in Scrubs, Master of None and the extensively fashionable Meet The Patels, Ravi Patel is lastly India-bound. The actor is about to make his debut in Indian showbiz with the Netflix collection, Bhaag Beanie Bhaag. Patel, who has doubled up because the creator, says he was thrilled to crew up with Swara Bhasker because it promised the chance of pushing the envelope. “She’s a badass woman and a talented actor. Swara doesn’t seek conflict; she uses her platform to speak up for people who don’t have a voice. I was initially worried that she might be difficult [to work with], going by the amount of hate she gets on social media, but I was thoroughly impressed by her,” says Patel.

Incidentally, his upcoming docu-series, How to Tell a Joke in India, is impressed by his experiences within the nation whereas taking pictures for the present. “When I headed to India to film Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, I thought, ‘Why not try stand-up while I’m there?’ So, the series follows me as I try to make it in the fastest-growing comedy scene in the world. I met some of the comedians and went to their favourite places in Bandra. I have come to deduce that the greatest offence is not being funny, which I often was.”

Ravi Patel
Ravi Patel

With an Indian collection struck off his to-do record, one wonders if Bollywood is on the anvil. “Bollywood doesn’t want me. My parents would love it if I made my [Hindi film] debut; dad would probably post about it on Facebook every day. But, maybe I don’t want it [either].”

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