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Polandine Patti Episode 1

Last updated on May 25, 2022

Two fans of Malayalam cinema come together to share their experiences and love for the movies. Harsha is a Malayalee living in the US, Katherine is not a Malayalee and is in Canada. We explore themes and analyze the films from our unique perspectives.

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Episode One Highlights:

Spoiler Alert! We try to remember to alert listeners to spoilers, but just in case, know that we talk about the films in-depth, so be sure to watch them first if you’re concerned about spoilers!

[00:00:46] We introduce ourselves and our Malayalam movie backgrounds

[00:21:44] We set the stage for our themes — this episode’s theme is “Masculinity”

[00:22:07] We begin discussing Hitler (directed by Siddique, from 1996)

[00:32:48] Our second film is Sukhamo Devi (directed by Venu Navagally, from 1986)

[00:55:21] We enter the Malayalam New Age film era with Kumbalangi Nights (directed by Madhu C Narayanan, from 2019)

[01:14:31] We end the discussion by looking at Angamaly Diaries (directed by Lijo Jose Pellisery, from 2017.

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  1. Nikhil Ramankutty Nikhil Ramankutty

    Downloaded. Looking forward to listening!

    • Katherine Matthews Katherine Matthews

      Thanks! And looking forward to some feedback. 🙂

  2. Nikhil Ramankutty Nikhil Ramankutty

    Great discussion. Very interesting to hear about both of your journeys and your relationship with Malayalam cinema.
    Also nice to hear that Harsha is from Trivandrum. I’m too and my parents live not too far away from Jawahar Nagar 🙂
    The theme of masculinity is a good choice to kick off, I feel ,for Malayalam cinema because Kerala society is so weird that way. Growing up in Kerala as a boy you do sense around you all these toxic notions of what it means to be a man and yet there is that tug-of-war with progressive thought that has always existed.
    I remember watching ‘Hitler’ in my early teen years and feeling even at that age that something was not right, especially with the girl marrying the rapist. It was a much looked forward to movie that turned out to be a terrible disappointment in so many ways for me.
    The ‘Kumbalangi nights’ therapist scene spoke to me quite deeply as someone who has received considerable help from mental health professionals and still continues to rely on them for support.
    Looking forward to more episodes.

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