The wickedly funny, action-packed Polite Society trailer

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Priya Kansara stars as Ria Khan in director Nida Manzoor’s POLITE SOCIETY, a Focus Features release.Credit: Parisa Taghizadeh / © 2022 FOCUS FEATURES LLC.

We have your first look at Nida Manzoor’s debut film, Polite Society which is premiering at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival on January 20th! What is so cool is that it is a rare occurrence for a South Asian woman’s work to be showcased and that her directorial debut will have its world premiere at Sundance.

The film features a fantastic cast, including Priya Kansara (Bridgerton, Half Bad), Ritu Arya (Red Notice, The Umbrella Academy), and Nimra Bucha (Ms. Marvel), Shobu Kapoor (We Are Lady Parts), Ella Bruccoleri (Call the Midwife), Seraphina Beh (Top Boy), Shona Babayemi, Jeff Mirza (We Are Lady Parts), and Akshay Khanna (Chloe).

An intriguing tale of sisterly affection, parental disappointment and bold action, POLITE SOCIETY follows martial artist-in-training Ria Khan who believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, Ria attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood.

According to the Sundance Film Festival description, “The wickedly funny, cinematically exuberant debut feature of Nida Manzoor (creator of We Are Lady Parts), Polite Society is an Austenesque tale of two sisters (one in wedding shackles) by way of a loving, anarchic mashup of genres (action comedy, heist, martial arts, Bollywood, social horror). Moreover, it’s an ingenious refashioning of British diasporic storytelling. Newcomer and force of nature Priya Kansara leads an amazing cast, including Ritu Arya as Lena and Nimra Bucha as the nefarious Shah matriarch.

Check out the trailer!

After seeing this trailer we cannot WAIT!

POLITE SOCIETY, is produced by the brilliant duo Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. In case, you can’t get to Sundance, Focus Features will release the film in theaters on April 28th.

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