You rarely come across such an exceptionally good movie in Bollywood, Parched being one of them. It shows the real plight of women living in a primitive village and the hardships that come their way in this so called ‘Purush pradhaan Samaj’.
The three female protagonists: Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee), Lajjo (Radhika Apte), and Bijli (Surveen Chawla) fight against the demons inside themselves and the social evils which plague their village. Being the victims of domestic violence, child marriage, physical abuse, and social apathy, the women slowly realize their potential and break the shackles of the conservative society they’re living in to run away to a big city.
It has addressed the need for love, sex, and compassion in a woman’s life. And has parallelly shown that there is no shame in that. The film has embraced womanhood in all its forms; be it a barren woman, a sex worker, or a widow.
All these women have been used, abused and taken advantage of by the men in a patriarchal society. Their needs and desires have been suppressed by the men and they are treated as mere objects. The only comfort they found was in each other’s company and together they developed enough power to leave everything behind to start afresh.
The film not only captures the unquestioned acceptance of patriarchy through light-hearted conversations between women but also celebrates the small joys that even the most oppressed women enjoy in female company.
This film deeply tugged at my feminist side and since then I’ve been strongly recommending everyone to watch it. The direction by Leena Yadav is absolutely fantastic and so are the actors and the roles played by them.