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What is this Parched all about? Will it strike the right chord with us? Read further to know.
The movie takes place in a North-Western village in India and the actors converse in a peculiar slang. The incidents like child marriage, financial constraints, male domination, drunken tantrums by the husband, are all exposed in the film. The women live in a world that is aimed at controlling their desires. The three leady lady of the film share a unique bond with them and they share their grievances with each other. They have their own moments of sufferings but still somewhere they create tiny pieces of joy. That too breaks into pieces. What makes the women, especially the three protagonists, Radhika Apte, Tannisshtha Chaterjee, and Surveen Chawla, continue with their bruised life? You have to watch the movie to understand it.
Tannishta shines in the role as a widowed woman, who is, in all ways, trying to tame her immature son. The sequences that she shares with her ailing mother-in-law keeps the audiences hooked to the seat. As for Radhika Apte, she is sure to get your cheers, as she plays the distressed wife an alcoholic husband with ease. But the real show-stealer is Surveen Chawla who enacts the role of a sex worker. Her character may seem odd in the social context, however she does a phenomenal job.
Parched, a directorial venture by Leena Yadav (who has directed movies like Teen Patti and Shabd), makes us experience something that is somewhat upsetting yet interesting. The three lead women had their share of worse moments in life and the director showcases how Indian woman are still facing the plight of being suppressed by the male gender. To be precise, it shows as though the woman is always supposed to serve him. Also, the movie is somewhat a hard-hitting alarm bell as it deals with the women’s tryst with oppression.
What’s not there?
The film deals with the plight of a plethora of women and their issues and somewhere loses focus. But again, the film is visually appealing which compensates for this negative.
The director should be applauded for raising a question or two to the society, which applies more severe standards to women. The movie, in many ways, is a must watch.
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