Parched

In a rural Indian village, four ordinary women begin to throw off the traditions that hold them in servitude in this inspirational drama.

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  • ★★★★ review by nir on Letterboxd

    i hate the patriarchy

  • ★★★½ review by Chevalier on Letterboxd

    This is the movie the so called movement for women's rights (a.k.a feminism) should be praising, instead of a braindead Hollywood reboot like Ghostbusters. These women are dealing with real struggles, a real system that puts them down in every way. They are not fighting against "manspreading" or other stupid bs. The cast is great, and the movie has very fluid pacing. The script is not without some flaws, considering what we see most of the running time, the ending comes out as sugary and highly idealistic. It doesn't make the same mistake Iraivi made, where every single male character was portrayed as a dumb animal. There are good men in this story. but It does leave them a bit behind in terms of development, Again, not without flaws, but still a very engaging story.

  • ★★★★½ review by belle 🌹 on Letterboxd

    I love women

  • ★★★★ review by Vinay Warrier on Letterboxd

    Powerful. Liberating. Beautiful.

    Udaan meets Mustang

  • ★★★½ review by Jayum Asopa on Letterboxd

    One of the bolder and braver attempts at women-centric Indian cinema, of recent times.

    Pardon me, I almost instinctively uttered "women-centric" when describing this film without paying attention to the derogatory nature of this term. After all, films with predominantly male protagonists are never referred to as "male-centric" movies are they?

    This is exactly why films like "Parched" need to continue to be made. India needs to be smacked out of the male dominance phase, and hopefully it will slowly but steadily achieve this purpose.

    The film is a splendid effort, both in stretching the boundaries of the content of Indian cinema as well as the creation of complex, well rounded protagonists (Radhika Apte, Tanishtha Chatterjee and Surveen Chawla), all of which make for a compelling watch.

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