Movie Review - Parched

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Director: Leena Yadav
Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, Radhika Apte, Leher Khan.


Yadav’s Parched whirls around suppressed lives of 4 rural women, striving to fight the age-old issues domestic violence, bondage, child marriage, masculinity and the complexities of expressing their innermost desires. The movie is entertaining and frisky at high levels yet quite provocative and aggressive for the Indian mind (or maybe we’ve all always known but did not build the courage to surface our dark desires).

Composition and flow of the scenes are beautifully and diligently framed with exciting change and taboo-breaking concepts, that are bound to captivate your emotional and visual appeal. The Rural lifestyle is still depicted backwards which works in the favour of the film’s entertainment, as those very instances help create bare humour prevalent in India. Cinematography deserves great appreciation as well.

The violence unleashed on the women is undoubtedly scarring but after a point, inordinate. The underage bride who is ravished by her underage husband’, the drunken violence on Lajjo leaving her bruised and depressed believing she can’t give birth to a child, the horrific assaults on Bijli’s supine body, are relentless and at places relevant too. The parts that seemingly are unbelievable is Bijli’s makeshift dance/prostitution space, and the exotic cave somewhere far from the village where Bijli introduces her dreamy man to Lajjo (to help her conceive). These, yet again, seem inordinate, opposing the reality.

Keeping in regard the audience, the climax is predictably optimistic. The women triumphantly defeat their demons (if I may) and breakfree on a motorbike, after a wild haircut, planning to road trip to Mumbai. Well, articulating humour of such an end is inevitable.

We make 4 shors and urge you to watch Leena Yadav’s Parched.

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