Remember how I was in awe when the trailer of this movie was released and was eagerly waiting to catch up in a theatre! Yes, now the film has been released and I have watched it! Let’s have a quick review of this one and know if it’s a worthy or not.
Well, Parched is a women- and a dramatic movie that is written and directed by Leena Yadav. The movie is produced by Ajay Devgn under his own banner Ajay Devgn FFilms. The film revolves around four women, who are living an unwanted life in a village of north-western region of India, which still suffers from old, age-ridiculed traditions like forced child marriages and other social issues like financial difficulties, spousal and familial rape, and physically and emotionally abusive alcoholic husbands.
Rani (Tannishtha Chatterjee), who has been a widow for half of her life, is trying with all her might to get her son, Gulab, married to a beautiful girl, Janki (Lehar Khan), from the neighboring village. Then there is Lajjo (Radhika Apte), a friend of Rani. They both are skilled and work for a local entrepreneur named Kishan (Sumeet Vyas). Lajjo is childless and wants to conceive desperately but fails. On top of this, her alcoholic husband, Manoj, batters her every night. The fourth woman is Bijli (Surveen Chawla), a local erotic dancer, who is a feast in the eyes of every village man. She not just dances but fulfills inner desires of many men during dry and sensuous nights of the village.
Now, the men of village fear the development and skill of the women and want to live the lifestyle left by their forefathers. 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, where they talk about love, sex, and their future dreams.
Well, the twist to the story comes when Rani discovers Janki is dishonored in her village, Lajjo is tired of the brutality of her husband, and Bijli is jealous of a new girl who might replace her. This leads to a journey of their freedom and together finding a solace in each other.
Writer-Director Leena Yadav has perfectly sketched the rural backdrop of India in her film here, along with the sad customs that are still going on in many villages, like women or girls cannot study, they do not have that needed respect and more. ‘Prached’ shows the real image and brutal reality of an Indian women staying in villages. However, the climax was a bit over-dramatic, but still a thought-provoking. Leena Yadav has also effectively showcased that the protagonists here are not survivors with respect to sad customs, but are fighters in this male-chauvinist world.
Well, how I wish that the writer-director here would have shown some practical revolutionary change here for to inspire others. But anyways, the film did partially made an impact among the cinegoers, who are in love to watch some hardcore and hard-hitting cinema.
Meanwhile, performances are at par here. Tannisththa excels in her roles, while Radhika gives a stellar performance here. Surveen too impresses a lot by enacting as an independent prostitute who takes charge of her own life. Rest of the cast plays their part in an efficient manner.
So is it a Paisa-Vasool film? Well, it will certainly be a notable film among intellectual people and international audience, but it is not a movie that will touch the people it talks about. However, it’s surely a worthy one-time watch at any-time, any-day and at any-place, for the sake of women empowerment.
Rating: 2.5 / 5