Parched (2016)

Hindi 1 hrs 58 mins Drama
83 %
Total Reviews: 34
Sahi: 28 Nahi: 6

Review Summary: Parched is brilliant with a starring performances from Radhika Apte

Average Critic Rating: (3.17)
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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 - Movie Reviews

Beautiful, erotic and relevant
Filmfare
Parched gets bogged down by its own good intentions
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.
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.
Nowrunning
Radhika Apte is Outstanding as the Battered Lajjo
Good way to wrap: you only wish the journey was not as problematic
Indian Express
I’m going with three out of five.
Rajeev Masand
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.
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.
Village Voice
If you love woman and care for art and quality in cinema PARCHED is your ticket.
Glam Sham
The director firmly believes that, if women had the courage to stood up, the situation of her country can change.
El Mundo
The film focuses on events in these 3 lives, and we gain a sense of the repressive, misogynistic society it is
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
Sify
शुद्ध देशी औरतों की अनकही कहानी है Parched
Aaj Tak
Radhika Apte and Surveen Chawla starrer should be called Sex And The Village instead
Bollywood Life
The film in its quest for emotional liberation quickly jumps to a rather far-fetched ending that leaves more questions
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.
Variety
Parched is a powerful women-centric drama but it falters with the underlying themes of sexuality
Koimoi
सामाजिक मुद्दों और कुरीतियों पर कई बार अलग अलग समय पर...
Bhaskar
Yadav's manages to entertain while telling the story of four women troubled by caste system, obsolete customs and sexism
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.
RogerEbert.Com
Powerful melodrama that combines "Thelma and Louise" with Bollywood conventions.
Louis Proyect
One week after the release of PINK, audiences in India will witness another strong feminist tale, this one set in rural India'
REDIFF
Parched takes you into a disturbing and thought-provoking territory
The Times of India
Female freedom runs like gusts of wind through hair in Leena Yadav's Parched - refreshing and vital yet easily stilled.
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
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.
Hollwood Reporter
अगर आप मुद्दों पर आधारित एक अलग तरह का सिनेमा पसंद करते हैं, तो आपको पार्च्ड जरूर देखनी चाहिए.
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.
Bollywood3
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.
The Playist
Beautifully photographed, sometimes brutal, ultimately uplifting: a lively and amusing journey of four women pushing back against India's patriarchy.
Flick Filosopher
Parched is a confronting film, set in a world of incredible chauvinism.
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.
LA Times