Rating: 3.5 Star
Star Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Leher Khan
Director: Leena Yadav
Parched is that kind of film which may not achieve success on the box-office but surely a highly acclaimed movie of the year. This film is like last year’s Masaan, and these type of movies are made for appreciation and awards, not as a money-making venture.
Film attacks to the narrow minds of rural society and explains the miserable condition of women in these remote areas. The film talks about violence against women, child marriage, discrimination, sex and sexuality, and much more.
Two films in a row (Pink and Parched) related to women condition in our country, but both films are entirely different from each other. We can say if Pink is the face of urban society’s treatment towards women, Parched is easily the opposite and a mirror for the rural areas.
- Satires presented in a humorous way.
- Every Character has its own impact in the story.
- The acting of Central Characters is outstanding.
- Few Local Language words are difficult to understand.
Parched moved around 3 central characters Rani (Tanishtha Chatterjee) a widow, Lajjo (Radhika Apte) a victim of home violence and Bijli (Surveen Chawla) a dancer and prostitute.
Story Started When Rani and Lajjo went to fetch a girl for Gulab (Rani’s son) but the bride Janaki (Leher Khan) cuts her hair to resist this marriage. After that, Gulab hates Janaki and starts to having sex with a sex worker.
Lajjo is continuously suffering from the curse of being a BANJH because of that tag her husband taunt and hit her regularly.
Bijli is living her life at her own conditions but Fading beauty and ageing are the biggest threats for a sex worker, and that’s what Bijli is grappling with.
Will Rani protect her daughter-in-law from violence? Can Lajjo sneak out from that pathetic condition? And what will happen to the coolest character in the film Bijli?
The Title of the film is more than enough to describes plot of the story. Quite like the desert terrain, the ladies here too are barren when it comes to the feelings of affection.
Parched is typically a film which will give the audience some hard-hitting thoughts to consider. It directly strike to the thoughts of society and harsh realities of rural women in a funny way by using sexual and adult terminologies.
The story revolves around a woman trying to get pregnant with an abusive husband, a 15-year-old who protests child marriage by cutting off her hair, a prostitute who lives life according to her measures, and a mother fed up by the activities of her son; each female character in the film has a story to tell.
Some of the Excellent Moments written by the writer to interpret the Rural India. Some of them which I liked a lot are:
- After the marriage of Janaki her lover standing beside the bus to see her one more time.
- In the absence of Rani, Janaki decides to rub ointments on the Lajjo’s wound and both starts to cry by seeing each other.
- The moment when all ladies elope from the village to enjoy. “Ek Baar Logo ki Nahi Apni Soch.”
Radhika Apte has done a great job, her expressions are so innocent that you will easily convince by the character. She is so comfortable in the rural character that even some adult words also make you laugh with that tone.
Tannishtha Chatterjee does a fairly good job as Rani. She acted a 30-year widow who is unsatisfied after an early death of her husband, seduced by seeing Rajjo topless. She has performed a mature role which has many faces like a mother, a friend, a sexual unsatisfied woman and a woman taking to a mystery caller Shah Rukh Khan.
Surveen Chawla is the most entertaining character in this film who makes the woman realise that do what you want to do. According to me, this is the best performance of Surveen Chawla till now. Abuse and the adult words are seems to be sexy from her mouth.
Riddhi Sen, Leher Khan, Chandan Anand and Sumeet Vyaas give a great supporting act.
Film is directed by Leena Yadav, and it is a bold step to direct these type of topics with so much perfection. I liked a lot the way how she tried to describe the various important elements of the film. I am mentioning few dialogues which are worth a mention.
For Showing the Thinking of Panchayat and males of Village:
- Pati Ka Ghar Hi Ladki Ka hota hai. (Girl is forced to live with her in-laws, despite her revealing some horrific facts)
- Padai Ki Dhaush Naa Dikha Hame. (When an educated lady of village trying to explain the facts)
- According to them, a North Eastern girl is a foreign one.
- TV ki wajah se Ladkiya Jeans Pant Pahnne lagi, Tabahi Mach Gai.
For Showing Innocence of Rural Women:
- They Don’t know that Men can also be infertile.
- Girls who read books are always bad wives.
- Foreign Women baths by the Milk that’s why they Glow so much.
Background Score is perfect for a non-commercial cinema.
Music will not leave any impact on your mind because doesn’t demand any songs.
The cinematography was done by the Oscar-winning Cinematographer of “Titanic” Rusell Carpenter. He catches the rural setup in a perfect manner especially the scenes where the ladies meets and spent some lonely time.
Parched is an off-beat drama which has its own values related to women upliftments. The most important thing of the film is that film provides you hard hitting realities with a humorous touch.
Film has some abusive language and revolves around the sexual desires of women. This film is not for everyone, but if you are a dark and cult cinema lover than this is your cup of tea.
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