How "Polite Society" Flipped the Script on the Action Flick

How "Polite Society" Flipped the Script on the Action Flick

This episode is brought to you by Focus Features.

We're doing something different with this week's episode. Today, Avery has two separate chats with two women involved with our new fave film, Polite Society. First up is the film's director, Nida Manzoor, talks about the power of women's rage, why we need to center girls as the stars of action films and how she handled years and years of rejection before finally get the green light to direct her dream project. The second half of the episode is a conversation with one of the film's leads, Ritu Arya. Ritu and Avery talk about Lena, the character Ritu portrays in the film, how it's ok not to have everything figured out and how an actor actually memorizes their lines (it's not what you think!).

And, seriously, Polite Society is a must-see. This highly anticipated movie from Focus Features follows Ria Khan, a Pakistani-British high schooler slash martial artist-in-training who plans a wedding heist to save her older sister, Lena, from her impending marriage. It’s a merry mash-up of sisterly affection, parental disappointment, and bold and bloody action. It's out in theatres on April 28th. Get your tickets at

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