‘Parched’ movie review: A beautiful story that has managed to capture the essence of Indian women

‘Parched’ movie review:  A beautiful story that has managed to capture the essence of Indian women

Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla and Adil Hussain

Direction: Leena Yadav

Rating: 3

Leena Yadav’s ‘Parched‘ takes you into a disturbing territory where the fictional characters live in a dusty invented rural village called Ujhaas. Though the story is set up in a fictional village the story that it tells is about forced child marriages, the spousal rape, the physically and emotionally abusive alcoholic husbands. These stories are part and parcel of the life of women in the villages. It is Leena’s attempt to make us understand how and why these women continue to live.

Parched is an intertwined story of three protagonists. Rani (Tannishtha Chatterje), married at 15 and widowed at 17, who lives with her spoilt and adamant son Gulal. She marries him off to Janaki, a teenaged girl who falls prey to Gulal’s ruthless emotional and physical abuse and infidelity. Lajjo, a village beauty is declared ‘barren’ by her drunken husband and is subjected to physical abuse each day. Bijli (Surveen Chawla)a dancer in a touring troupe who performs erotic dances nightly and also entertains clients. These women are thirsty for everything: for passion, for love, for sex, for freedom.

Do the three finally free themselves from the bondages? Watch the movie to know.

Radhika Apte as the infertile woman who is abused by her husband and taunted by villagers has given an outstanding performance. Surveen Chawla as Bijli a dancer hankering for a life of stability has walked down an untrodden path with success and finally Tannishtha Chatterjee as Rani the widow, who lets her daughter-in-law gain freedom from the clutches of society is truly worth a watch.

The three women have woven a tapestry of angst, desires, dreams and finally freedom, makes the movie vibrantly alive and full of color. ‘Parched’ is a reflection of all that society prefers to sweep under the carpet and discuss in whispers.

‘Parched’ is one of Leena Yadav’s best work so far. Ajay Devgn should be lauded to promote this film.

A must watch this weekend we say. Hope more such films are made.

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