Parched (2016)

Hindi 1 hrs 58 mins Drama
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Total Reviews: 34
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Review Summary: Parched is brilliant with a starring performances from Radhika Apte

Average Critic Rating: (3.17)
Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee , Radhika Apte , Surveen Chawla , Adil Hussain , Lehar Khan , Riddhi Sen , Sayani Gupta , Sumeet Vyas
Director: Leena Yadav
Release Date: 23 Sep 2016
Est. Budget: 20.0 CR
Est. Box Office Collection: 2.0 CR

Plot: The film revolves around four women living an unwanted life in a village of Rajasthan in the 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 Read more

Parched - Top Reviews

Beautiful, erotic and relevant
Rachit Gupta, Filmfare
Parched gets bogged down by its own good intentions
Anupama Chopra, BookMyShow
A fine sign of our times, I'd say, and if the arrow also leads to theatres, yes, it's worth going, and supporting, for sure.
Mayank Shekhar, Mid-Day
Rajasthan is probably the heart of patriarchy land, and the villages hide many ugly tales. But three friends are there to support one another and they eventually learn to help each other fight the ugly reality that is their life. Shot beautifully, the film seems much longer than its running time because it is full of cliches about women and the feminist text seems to be borrowed rather than believed.
Manisha Lakhne, Nowrunning
Radhika Apte is Outstanding as the Battered Lajjo
Good way to wrap: you only wish the journey was not as problematic
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
I’m going with three out of five.
Rajeev Masand, Rajeev Masand

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Parched - All Reviews

Despite the appalling circumstances and events it depicts, the movie's plain and unstinting affection for its lead characters gives "Parched" a frequently buoyant tone.
Glenn Kenny, NY Times
You can see flashes of bawdy comedic brilliance sprinkled throughout Parched, an otherwise grim Indian drama about four women living in a male-dominated village.
Simon Abrams, Village Voice
If you love woman and care for art and quality in cinema PARCHED is your ticket.
Vishal Verma, Glam Sham
The director firmly believes that, if women had the courage to stood up, the situation of her country can change.
Alberto Luchini, El Mundo
The film focuses on events in these 3 lives, and we gain a sense of the repressive, misogynistic society it is
Amodini, Planet Bollywood
A radical film - erotic drama, designed to fit into the festival circuit, director Leena Yadav's Parched is a feeble attempt to draw eyeballs, and it succeeds to a certain extent
शुद्ध देशी औरतों की अनकही कहानी है Parched
Narendra Saini, Aaj Tak
Radhika Apte and Surveen Chawla starrer should be called Sex And The Village instead
Rashma Shetty Bali, Bollywood Life
The film in its quest for emotional liberation quickly jumps to a rather far-fetched ending that leaves more questions
Suhani Singh, India Today
Thanks to attentive writing and sturdy performances, the director's characters are so compellingly realized that it's easy to succumb to the film's hopefulness.
Nick Schager, Variety
Parched is a powerful women-centric drama but it falters with the underlying themes of sexuality
Surabhi Redkar, Koimoi
सामाजिक मुद्दों और कुरीतियों पर कई बार अलग अलग समय पर...
Yadav's manages to entertain while telling the story of four women troubled by caste system, obsolete customs and sexism
Carlos Marañón, Cinemanía
"Parched" is vibrantly alive, full of color and light and movement and music. There is sex in this movie, and there is dancing, and there are vibrant fabrics and foods and fire. It's a dry place, but one ringed with beauty.
Alissa Wilkinson, RogerEbert.Com
Powerful melodrama that combines "Thelma and Louise" with Bollywood conventions.
Louis Proyect, Louis Proyect
One week after the release of PINK, audiences in India will witness another strong feminist tale, this one set in rural India'
Aseem Chhabra, REDIFF
Parched takes you into a disturbing and thought-provoking territory
Meena Iyer, The Times of India
Female freedom runs like gusts of wind through hair in Leena Yadav's Parched - refreshing and vital yet easily stilled.
Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film
“Parched” celebrates the joie de vivre of shared grief among women who live their wretched lives on the edge and are only too happily to topple over when pushed and provoked. Sometimes, feminism doesn’t need a full-blown messianic clarion call. A little tug, a firm push, will do. “Parched” hits us where it hurts the most.
Bollywood 3
fter watching Pink and having high hopes for some more of hard hitting women centric films, I was very disappointed
Aarti Iyengar, Bollywood Life
Leena Yadav's third feature is a contemporary morality tale that critiques the often harsh treatment of women in the absence of egalitarian social norms.
Justin Lowe, Hollwood Reporter
अगर आप मुद्दों पर आधारित एक अलग तरह का सिनेमा पसंद करते हैं, तो आपको पार्च्ड जरूर देखनी चाहिए.
R J Alok, Aaj Tak
“Parched” celebrates the joie de vivre of shared grief among women who live their wretched lives on the edge and are only too happily to topple over when pushed and provoked. Sometimes, feminism doesn’t need a full-blown messianic clarion call. A little tug, a firm push, will do. “Parched” hits us where it hurts the most.
It is easy to feel the passion with which Yadav tells the story, and to feel intimately connected with her characters, even in the midst of heavy-handed and almost bloated commentary.
Jason Ooi, The Playist
Beautifully photographed, sometimes brutal, ultimately uplifting: a lively and amusing journey of four women pushing back against India's patriarchy.
MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
Parched is a confronting film, set in a world of incredible chauvinism.
Travis Johnson, Film Ink
A bright jewel of a film, surprisingly funny, fresh and upbeat in the way it takes on the complicated and often dark topic of sexual politics in rural India.
Katie Walsh, LA Times