Parched

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“Brilliant” and “mesmerizing” are the words to describe this movie. It is about four women from a village in Rajasthan, a place that is all about pleasing the society, old-age traditions, child marriage, dowry, marital rapes, abuse etc.

There is Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee) who is a widow working struggling to support her family. There is Lajjo (Radhika Apte) who is abused by her alcoholic husband and is mocked for not having a child. Then there is Bijli (Surveen Chawla), an erotic dancer, an eye-candy for many men, but is always mocked and ridiculed by the village, and is not invited to auspicious events, due to her profession. Then comes Janki (Lehar Khan), a child bride who is sold by Rani to her son Gulab (Riddhi Sen). These four women go through a lot of torture and difficulties. They yearn for a better life. They yearn for freedom. Whether they do, you have to find out!

A lot of topics have been addressed this film. It’s sad that people a judge a woman’s character through her profession, for e.g Bijli’s case in this film. Though she is a dancer, she is still a human being with feelings. When will people see that those with such professions doesn’t make them a bad person. Also the case of Kishan (Sumeet Vyas) who was berated for marrying an educated woman from Manipur, and respects women by giving them good jobs and salary, and also liberating them, but then he gets beaten up and is half-dead due to this. Shocked to see such mindset. Hoping for a change.

The direction by Leena Yadav is brilliant. While her previous films “Shabd” and “Teen Patti” disappointed me, she is back with a brilliant story. Hoping to see more wonderful movies from her. Tannishtha Chatterjee and Radhika Apte as usual were terrific, but it is Surveen Chawla who stole the show with her performance. The child actors Riddhi Sen and Lehar Khan shine, they have a bright future. Even other actors like Sumeet Vyas, Adil Hussain and Sayani Gupta (both in small roles) did a good job. The cinematography, done by the award winner cinematographer of Titanic,  Russell Carpenter, did a wonderful job. He beautifully captured the beauty of the village. The music was good too.

It is very sad to know that movies like these fail at the box office. I seriously suggest everyone to watch this!

My Rating:- 4.5/5

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