Parched movie review : a woman’s fight against system and society

Director: Leena Yadav
Cast: Radhika Apte, Tannisha Chatterjee, Surveen Chawla, Leher Khan, Adil Hussain, Sumeet Vyas
Rating: 3/5

Mumbai,Sep 24 : Parched is the story of three women — Bijli (Surveen), Lajo (Radhika) and Rani (Tannisththa), who live in a patriarchal village of Rajasthan that thrives on masochism.

Bijli is a dancer- prostitute, Rani is a widow raising her son on her own and Lajo is a wife trapped in a violent marriage and accused of being barren (banjh).

Leena has the perfect concept of  rural India where women  are not supposed to study, as it makes them ‘bad wives’ and want to have children  so they can save a marriage where man beats  them day and night.

It also has two/three  craftswomen who earn money by stitching clothes for a handicrafts committee. And they are the only one  earning money for their family members.

Living in a house  where they are beaten up and get bruises every day, but  they have to  provide the  family  daily meals. Parched highlights the real fight of  a womean in our country where financial independence is not enough for respect, because money can’t buy a change of mindset.

The cruel  reality is quite clear  in a scene where a teenager, who gives away his time with alcohol, tells his mom, “Ja raha hu ghar chor ke, dekhta hu kaise chalega ye ghar bina mard ke.” The woman, his mom, has raised him alone earning money through her craft.

Surveen impresses as a self-contained prostitute who takes charge of her own life, Tannisththa and Radhika are convincing as housewives living in a panchayat-ruled village. Sumeet Vyas is nice, admirable educated man who is living in the village and helps the women in marketing their handicrafts.

Rani shows the deep cause of patriarchy and a fighter  in a male-chauvinist world. At the same time she knows self-dignity and the limit  when it is time to stop her own son from becoming the cheating and wife-beating husband.

Bijli is a prostitute, but she also  denies  clients because, “Man nahi. Dil bhi koi cheez hoti hai, paisa hi ahr kuch nahi hota.” Lajo takes all the beating and abuses for being barren, but she can also ask her husband to show some guts and accept in front of the panchayat that he is barren, not his wife.

Parched is worth  watching as the film  celebrates the  fights against an unjust system and society and emerging winners. It was   released in India on Friday. Don’t miss it!



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