Parched
What happens when you break free?
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Parched

Hindi
Drama
23 Sep, 2016
1 hrs 58 mins
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3,255 votes
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Rani, Lajo, and Bijli live in a remote area of West India, which thrives on its patriarchal norms and principles. While Rani is single-handedly raising her son, Lajo, who cannot conceive is being frequently beaten up by her alcoholic husband and Bijli, who is a dancer is considered a social outcast.
Verdict: A bold take on the atrocities against women. After Akira and Pink, Parched is the third Hindi film in September that focuses on women. The first two were set in the city and had strong, educated women in the lead. Parched, which has already won accolades at prestigious film festivals, is based in rural []... ...Read full review
Leena Yadav`s Parched takes you into a disturbing and thought-provoking territory. Even as it cleverly intertwines the stories of the three protagonists all of who have had a raw deal in life, it simultaneously puts the spotlight on how there is still an India where a woman is treated as a sex object; where her only role is to serve her man. Rani who was married off at 15 to an alcoholic Shankar has been widowed for 17 years and has to fend for herself and her callous son. ...Read full review
Leena Yadav`s Parched is an irresistible beast of a film. As incendiary as it is entertaining, it goes where Indian cinema rarely does without becoming exploitative - into the erogenous fantasies of long-suppressed village women who are no longer willing to countenance their restrictive veils. ...Read full review
`One week after the release of PINK, audiences in India will witness another strong feminist tale, this one set in rural India,` says Aseem Chhabra. ...Read full review
The best thing about Parched is that it dispels any notions you might have about rural Indian women being prudes. Rani, Lajjo and Bijli are raunchier than most women you meet at your local Starbucks. They love talking about sex. In fact Bijli is a sex worker her sales pitch is that a night with her will bring an earthquake in your bed. ...Read full review

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