Leena Yadav’s Parched takes one into a disturbing and thought-provoking territory. Four women including a widow, a childless woman, and a carnival dancer, in a Gujarat village talk about men, sex and life as they struggle with their individual demons. These females are victims of age-old traditions like child marriage, physical abuse, alcoholic husbands and social apathy. They aim to break the social shackles.
The entwined story of these four women shows how they live in a tightly controlled world, hemmed in by tradition, but in their private spaces, they freely talk about love, sex, and their dreams for the future and enjoy each other's company very much.
The movie is produced by Ajay Devgan under his banner Ajay Devgn FFilms. The Academy-Award winning cinematographer, Russell Carpenter has also captured the arid landscape beautifully.
Parched is a roadmap for an oppressed female population who has been victims of a misogynist mindset for eons. For a change of taste, the movie is worth a watch.